Mice and their Control

House mouse against a white background.

There are many species of mice, but the one that most often infests homes and other buildings in Dayton and the Miami Valley is known simply as the house mouse.

House mice are small rodents that can range in color from white to black, but most are brown or gray with white underbellies. They got their name because, over time, they have adapted to living in close association with humans -- right in our houses, in fact. (Most other mice are woodland animals that only infrequently get into houses.) It's this up-close and personal habit of house mice that make them much more dangerous pests than one might think based on their tiny size.

In fact, a house mouse's small size is one of the reasons that it's a serious disease vector. Unlike rats, whose larger size and naturally cautious personalities cause them to keep their distance from humans, mice get much closer to where we live and to the food we eat. They come into the living areas of our homes, eat the food stored in our pantries, and walk across our dinnerware and cooking utensils -- spreading disease-causing pathogens all along the way.

Like their larger cousins the rats, mice can also cause damage to our homes and properties. Like all rodents, they're compulsive gnawers, and they often gnaw away on property that we have stored in the areas where they live. Sometimes they gnaw to gather nesting materials, sometimes they gnaw to enlarge cracks and other openings so they can fit through them more easily, and sometimes they gnaw for the sheer joy of gnawing.

This gnawing can also cause fires or communications problems when mice gnaw through the insulation on electrical wiring. Countless fires and communications outages are caused by mouse gnawing every year. In fact, at computer data centers, mouse sightings are treated as emergencies. A single mouse gnawing on network cables can cause network outages that affect users and businesses throughout the world.

Mice and Disease

Wires damaged by rat gnawing, causing a fire hazard

Mice have been confirmed to be associated with the transmission of many serious diseases including Lyme disease, hantavirus, salmonella, dysentery, murine typhus, rickettsial pox, and many others.

Mice contaminate food with their urine, droppings, and shed hairs. In fact, they contaminate a great deal more food than they eat because they're nibblers by nature. They eat a little bit at a time as they go about their business. So it's not unusual for mice to nibble into several boxes of the same kind of food, contaminating them all in the process, but only eating tiny amounts from each box.

To make matters worse, mice aren't very fastidious about toilet habits. They just poop and pee wherever they happen to be, contaminating every place they travel with their urine, droppings, and associated pathogens. If you see mouse droppings in your silverware drawer, for example, you just just assume that every utensil in the draw is contaminated with germs, and wash them all in detergent and hot water.

Long-Lasting Mouse Control

At Dayton Pest Control, we believe that exclusion ("mouse-proofing") is the foundation of an effective, long-lasting mouse control program. We do our best to seal mice out of your home, but especially to seal them out of the kitchen and other living areas. Because mice are very small and can squeeze through cracks as narrow as 1/4 inch, this can be quite a difficult job. But it pays off in long-term effectiveness with little or no reliance of pesticides.

For more information about mouse control or any of our pest control services, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.


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