How Dangerous Is It To Have Mice In My Maryland Home?

9/3/2021

Common characteristics of the house mouse include:

  • Dusty grey with cream colored bellies

  • 2 1/2 to 4 inches long with about equal length tails

  • Round bodies and pointed muzzles

  • Large ears

The other thing house mice have in common is their growing dependance on humans over the centuries. They thrive in cities and places where human populations are high. They live on our discarded or wasted food, and all too often they invade our homes and businesses to dine on our pantry items.

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The Dangers Of Mice

Mice have no respect for your property, your wallet, or your health. They will chew their way into your home and through wires or cables. They will destroy whatever they come in contact with, costing you time and money. Worst of all, they will bring diseases into your home and leave a trail of filth behind them. They can also bring in fleas and ticks, which create additional hazards.

It’s very easy for a mouse to get into your home. Most people don’t even think about some of these areas, and that’s the way the mice like it.

  • Sewer Lines: If a mouse can gain entrance by swimming through the sewer lines, he won’t hesitate to do so bringing a host of diseases in with him.

  • Though the Garage: This is easy access for a mouse. Garage doors are usually open for extended periods, allowing the mice to enter freely.

  • Windows and Wall Imperfections: Mice can squeeze through the smallest of holes or cracks, even under doors if depending on the condition of the door sweep.

  • Ventilation Holes: Your home should have several ventilation holes allowing air to circulate and keep your home free of moisture. Mice locate these holes and use them to their advantage.

  • Outdoor Holiday Decorations: Mice are likely get cozy in your nativity scene or Santa's beard, and when you pack them up, the mouse gets packed up too.

Added to that mice are prolific breeders. On average a female mouse will give birth to 30-50 babies each year. They can mate almost immediately after they deliver a liter creating a monthly influx of unwanted pests.

Mice Prevention Tips

Mice can fit through holes the size of a dime. When you are inspecting your property it is wise to think small. The smallest crack or hole is a potential entry point for not only mice but any pest. Try the following prevention tactics:

  • Seal all holes and cracks with caulking.

  • Cap off any unused sewer lines.

  • Keep garage doors closed when not in use.

  • Put mesh screening over ventilation holes and the chimney.

  • Keep food stored in covered containers.

  • Clean out basements, closets, garages, and attics. Remove anything that a mouse could use as nesting material. (Tidy areas make it more difficult for a mouse problem to go unnoticed.)

  • Store firewood away from the house.

There are hundreds of DIY products available to homeowners. Poisons in every form, many types of traps, ultrasonics devices, and repellants. You can also opt for natural or herbal remedies and mouse repelling landscaping. These will do well enough for a few mice, but will never rid you of the entire infestation. Remember a mama mouse can have 50 babies a year, and as those babies grow up and mature, in as little as six weeks, they begin having babies of their own. You can do the math.


Getting Rid Of Them For Good

It’s always nice to keep it local, Capitol Pest is a family-owned business, serving Washington D.C. since 1936. Our licensed and insured experts are serious about serving fellow Washingtonians to the best of their abilities. Call for an appointment today to get rid of your mouse problem for good. 

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