Are House Mice In West Chester Hard To Get Rid Of?
July 15, 2022
We all have better things to do this summer than sit around the house. While we’re outdoors enjoying all the season has to offer, there might be visitors making use of an empty house. Mice are a common problem for West Chester pest control to manage, no matter the season.
If I See One Mouse In My Home, Does That Mean There Are More?
The needs of house mice change with each season, so one mouse indicating more varies in probability, although generally, a lone mouse in a home is uncommon. In the winter, mice prefer to seek shelter in houses where it is warmer. During the summer, mice might venture further out to scavenge. But no matter what season, they will infest.
Mice scurry away if they see danger, so if you manage to spot one, it’s most likely not their first scouting mission. A dead giveaway is also seeing where the mice go. If they have a precise direction they run to when you spot them, then they’ve probably got a secured spot in the walls or floor. Seeing one mouse could definitely indicate a larger mice problem.
Can Mice Make You Sick Without Touching Them?
Mice are known for carrying harmful bacteria and viruses. A lot of people are afraid to approach them because of their filthy habits. But it isn’t just making contact that can get you sick; these rodents contaminate food and various surfaces. They can leave pathogens behind by:
- Frequently urinating
- Leaving 50 to 80 fecal droppings a day
- Tracking filth through the house as they patter through contaminated areas
- Partially eating food sources
If you notice a putrid ammonia smell, that would be their urine. Mice relieve themselves all through the day and anywhere they go. Urine, grease from their fur, and dirt build up into mounds, and that’s not all. Mice poop anywhere around the house, including next to food. Some of the pathogens mice carry can lead to health issues like hantavirus, salmonellosis, and tularemia.
What Happens If My Cat Catches A Mouse?
If your cat catches a mouse, it may mean there are more. It also means you need to be careful when cleaning up the mess. Cats can be vicious with mice, spilling rodent blood that is replete with pathogens. At Masters Touch Pest Solutions, we don’t want you to come into contact with mouse-borne parasites, so make sure you clean appropriately.
- Use gloves when you clean.
- Wear a mask.
- Use bleach and water to kill any pathogens.
- Wash any contaminated fabric items in hot water.
Cats are built to digest meat and some bones, so they will hopefully not develop any illness. However, you should monitor them over the next several days to make sure they don’t show signs of infection after their hunt. Look for vomiting, indications of abdominal pain, and diarrhea, and call your veterinarian with any concerns.
How Do I Get Rid Of Mice For Good?
Summer is common for house mouse infestations, but autumn can be even worse when they start seeking warmth. To get rid of mice, take both proactive and preventive measures. Remove and keep mice out of house and yard areas by doing the following:
- Seal all entry points larger than 1/4 inch.
- Use non-lethal traps to capture and relocate mice.
- Remove trash and keep it in tightly sealed bins as far from the house as possible.
- Use airtight containers for food.
- Trim and prune all shrubbery, especially if it's touching the house.
- Use cloves, cayenne pepper, and peppermint oil to deter mice.
- Use a water and ammonia spray for mice. This smells like the urine of predators.
- Set up used kitty litter stations at entryways to signify possible predators.
The best way to get rid of mice is to enlist professional help. At Masters Touch Pest Solutions, we’ve been servicing West Chester for more than thirty years. We’ve seen it all, and we know how to quickly rid your home of a mouse infestation. We tailor our pest control services to your needs and offer same-day free estimates. Give us a call.