Mice are always looking for a place to protect themselves as well as the food source. If they find a home in their home, they will start building a nest, which means that you will be at higher risk of getting untidy diseases every day. It is essential that all households know how to eliminate these pests; and there are several methods available to go about this. However, to go about this, you have to understand some things about mice.
General facts about mice
- Because they do not have good vision, mice tend to see poor light better because their other senses are very sensitive and alert.
- To do their business, mice use their whiskers to perceive things, from tempemiceure changes to rough, smooth surfaces
- Mice gnaw on anything, from cables to cushions on every occasion, because they have teeth that grow and grow up to five inches a year
- Mice make the most of their short life because they have a life expectancy of only 2 years
- Mice’s tail can grow as long as its body
- Mice are very attracted to human habitation, especially in winter, because of the heat and food they provide, which is why people often use mouse control methods to get rid of it.
- Mice don’t weigh much; in fact they can weigh up to an ounce
- Mice will use scales on their tails to help them climb, that’s why they are great climbers?
- Mice can jump at least 6 meters without being damaged in the process?
- Their droppings are not the most pleasant and, in fact, are dark and soft, averaging 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch in length.
- They never travel more than 10 to 25 feet from their nest at any time when they are looking for food
- The mice are believed to have originated in Asia, and then spread throughout the world through maritime trade.
- When they reproduce, the mice start after two months and produce between 5 and 10 litters each year, which each litter provides between 5 and 10 puppies. It is the speed of this process that makes the mice such a populous species
- They eat an average of 3 to 4 grams of food each day; in particular, they are very partial with cereals and seeds.
Difference between mice and rats
Mice are more dangerous than rats because they can easily invade human houses. Mice are also smarter at getting their own food sources, from snacking on food boxes to wooden cabinets. While the two have many similarities, one of the most obvious differences is the size. When it comes to weight, Mice are ten times heavier than rats. Mice are also relatively shorter and have more uniform bodies. Generally, these two are judged because of their almost identical appearance in domesticated forms.
Risks attached with mice
Mice are always looking for a place to protect themselves as well as the food source. If they find a home in your home, they will start building a nest, which means that you will be at higher risk of getting untidy diseases every day. It is essential that all households know how to eliminate these pests.
From leptospirosis, a disease caused by mice infection, you can be exposed to vomiting, high fever, chills, rashes, muscle pain and jaundice. Other complications of leptospirosis can include breathing difficulties, kidney damage, liver failure and meningitis. Leptospirosis is usually transmitted through the urine of mice.
Diseases caused by mice
Not only do mice introduce horrible odors and dirt into the home, but they also carry serious illnesses and should be wiped out of the house at the first sign of infestation. To explain this, I will state several diseases caused by mice.
The most serious disease caused by mice is Hantavirus. This rare disease is found in North and South America. The disease can be contacted by inhalation of dust contaminated with the urine or feces of mice or by direct contact with mice or their urine or their feces or rarely by a bite. The virus causes Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), which is a life-threatening disease.
- Mice transmit the bacteria Salmonella Typhimurium
Although not the most harmful bacteria, Salmonella Typhimurium can cause debilitating intestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, cramps, nausea and vomiting. The disease can be fatal in people with weakened constitution. The bacteria are transmitted through food contaminated with mice droppings and are one of the most common causes of food poisoning.
- They transmit tapeworms
Mice become infected with the parasite after accidentally eating contaminated food. Humans are infected if they eat food containing feces from contaminated mice. This often happens after people have touched mice or mice droppings and stopped washing their hands well before eating.
- Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome
Common symptoms associated with this condition include rash, back pain, blurred vision, high fever, headache and abdominal pain. In most cases, this virus is not deadly, but when certain criteria are met, it can lead to death.
- Lassa fever
Symptoms of this virus can include coughing, abdominal pain, diarrhea, chest and head pain, sore throat, vomiting, and swelling of the face. During a Lassa fever outbreak, the death mice is around fifty percent, but under normal circumstances, very few die from the virus.
- Lymphocytic choriomeningitis
With this virus, mice droppings cause a medical condition that causes a viral infection around the spinal cord and brain. Some of the symptoms of this virus include headache, fever, poor appetite, nausea and muscle pain.
- Murine typhus
This is a
relatively mild disease that can be transmitted by mice or mouse fleas. The
disease is contracted after a human bite victim has scmiceched the area where he
was bitten by a flea carrying it. As it scmiceches the bite area, it inevitably
pushes flea droppings into the bloodstream and thus allows typhus to enter the
body. Symptoms, which begin 6 days to 2 weeks after the bite, include fever,
muscle pain, and headache.
Leptospirosis is a more serious disease transmitted by mice. It appears in many forms and levels of severity and is one of the main reasons why homeowners must work diligently to rid their homes of these mice-borne diseases.
Another condition transmitted by mice is polio. Polio was once a serious and potentially life-threatening disease, but is now prevented by vaccination.
Ways to get rid of mice
With all the risks and disease discussed above, it is definitely compulsory to eliminate mice in your home. At the sight of one, do not hesitate to control them. Below are several methods you can practice to eliminate the mice.
With the start of technological innovations, there are currently several varieties of detectors that work with the help of ultrasound and electromagnetic rays that will help keep these parasites away from your home. These devices emit inaudible tones for us humans. However, these parasites can pay attention to these tones and are responsible for identifying their direction outside the home.
Other physical methods
- Blocking mouse inlets
One of the main steps in pest control is to locate the nest of your parasites. Once you have found the mice house, it is easier to create a stmiceegy on how you will block its entry from your establishment or home.
When blocking mouse inlets, you can use field stone bases that are about 3/8 larger than the original hole. Steel wool is a good material for filling the corners of your lock, to guarantee its durability. Remember that because mice can gnaw on wood and softer fabrics easily, using harder materials will help them get rid of them faster and keep them from reappearing inside their homes.
Most likely, within a week, you will see positive results in your pest control action. For places that are generally overrun with mice, you will notice a noticeable change in the atmosphere. For best results, let the block stay for at least a month. If the mice die inside the hole or inside its wall, they will naturally emit a bad odor nearby.
- Spring traps
They have been widely used and are what comes to mind almost automatically when you think of dealing with a mouse problem. They are small, you start them with cheese, or more effectively with peanut butter and cereals, you put them on the path that the mice will follow and you hope for the best.
- Glue pads
The glue pads are on the floor and the idea is that when a mouse passes over them, the glue prevents it from escaping. The mice die of hunger or thirst. More often than not, the home owner finds the squeaky mice that is scared and angry and will have to get rid of it. How to get it without being bitten? You kill the mouse (and how?).
You bait them with peanut butter and cereals, like oatmeal, place them where you think mices are traveling along walls and furniture, and often at night, you find one or two mices trapped in the container. You take the container away from home, release the mice and that’s it. No disease has spread no poison to deal with, and no howling mice.
Using peppermint oil at home is another great way to keep mice from visiting your home. These mices are unable to absorb the powerful smell of peppermint, so applying a cotton swab dipped in oil in essential areas of your home will help keep your mice safe. Other things such as pet litter and lizard droppings are thought to keep mice away.
poison eliminates mice in about five days and is a huge undertaking to search
for the lifeless mice throughout the home. In addition, there is always a
chance that the poison will be consumed by the animals. And if a mouse eats the
poison, the effect is not immediate, so it can run to an inaccessible place to
suffer a horrible death.
Having tried all these methods it is most likely, within a week, you will see positive results in your pest control action. For places that are generally overrun with mice, you will notice a noticeable change in the atmosphere.
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