From spiders and roaches to ants and bats, the various pests that could infest your home are overwhelming. Fortunately, proper understanding can help either rid your home of pests that are currently in your home or prevent pests in the future. Of course, having the right understanding is key to ensure your pest control efforts are successful. If you are worried about mice in the home, use this guide to understand the truth about a few common myths surrounding these pesky rodents.
Mice Are Just Nuisances
Some people believe mice are just nuisances, causing more fear and panic than they actually need to. However, mice are actually more problematic than you may think.
While it may be surprising to learn, mice and rats can carry more than 35 different diseases. You and your family may be at risk of these diseases in a variety of ways.
For example, if a mouse bites you, you may become infected with a specific disease or illness. Also, handling or being exposed to the fecal matter and urine left behind by mice could increase your risk of illness.
Finally, mice have been known to chew and claw on different parts of the home, such as drywall and even electrical wiring. This damage is not only costly to repair, but it can also be dangerous, since damaged wiring can increase the risk of a house fire.
Mice Can't Get Into Your House
Another myth people believe is that mice cannot get into the house. You may think you have sealed up the home securely, reducing any risk of rodent or insect infestations. Unfortunately, mice are capable of squeezing through even the smallest of spaces.
Mice do not have a traditional skeletal system, so their bodies are very flexible, allowing them to crawl up, down, in, and out of a variety of shocking spaces.
Walk the home's exterior and interior with your pest control professional, who will know just how small and tight an area a mouse can squeeze through.
Cats Will Solve a Mouse Problem
Finally, if you have seen a mouse, you may think a cat will be a good investment to eradicate the rodent problem and reduce the risk of further infestations. Even though they may find mice appealing, cats are not the most effective option for protecting your home and health from rodents.
There are instances where a cat is bitten by a mouse, which can lead to your cat becoming sick or developing an infection from the bite mark. This can make the rodent situation even worse. Therefore, it is best to leave the mouse infestation problem up to the pest control professionals instead of relying on your family's cat.