Did you know the house mouse is the most common mammal in the United States? Although sometimes cute, they are actually very dangerous to you, your home, and your family. There doesn’t seem to be much to the typical house mouse, but today you’re in for a treat to learn there’s so much more to them.
1. You’re not the only one with an infestation
Mice like to enter our homes in the colder seasons, typically between October and February. They’re on the hunt for food and shelter from the weather. It’s said that mice invade roughly 21 million homes in the US!
2. Their appetites are bigger than they are.
Mice like to build their homes near the best food source, which makes sense since they eat between 15 and 20 times a day!!! (And I thought I loved food!)
3. They are like little ninjas.
Mice are good at climbing and jumping, it’s said they can jump up to a foot in the air! This is helpful for them to access food in your pantries. These trouble makers can squeeze through openings literally as small as a dime! So those super small holes at the exterior of your home are like open invitations to them and their friends. They’re also oddly good swimmers.
To help prevent them from coming in uninvited, make sure to seal those openings with caulk or even steel wool.
5. They have a short life.
These little guys usually only live for about 4-6 months in the wild because of predators. However, in a lab, they can live for up to two years!
6. They spread germs like crazy.
We all know they carry nasty diseases, but did you know they can carry as much as 200 human pathogens?
7. Mice are not house broke.
So you probably knew that. However, what you may have not known is that they produce about 40 to 100 droppings per day! They also urine as they travel, which basically deems everything they touch as completely unsanitary! But on the bright side, they do not vomit…
One mouse, two mouse, ten mouse, twenty mouse!
If you see one mouse in your home, you can bet there are more. A female mouse can birth up to a dozen babies every three weeks! If you do the math, that’s a lot of mice kids running around your home.
If you think you have a rodent problem, it’s best to call a professional pest control expert before the infestation grows out of control.