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Mice Related Dangers You Haven’t Thought Of

Mice are more than annoying and unnerving. They are also quite dangerous, though most homeowners never realize what can really happen when mice invade their house. It’s hard to believe that such a small rodent can pack such a huge punch, but it’s the unfortunate truth. Mice are highly capable of turning your whole home upside down, carrying several diseases to homeowners and their family members, as well as bringing structural damage that can cause scary consequences. 

How Mice Can Destroy Your Home

A mouse is capable of swimming, jumping, and climbing, which means they can use any skill to get inside your house, garage, attic, or property. Mice are also exceedingly persistent, and they don’t need large holes to get where they want to go. Instead, they can enter through holes and cracks the just the size of a dime! 

What is even scarier than their persistence is their quick multiplying capabilities. Just one female mouse can produce 5-10 litters per year, with each litter having 6-8 babies. What does this mean for you? It means an infestation can happen fast and escalate even more quickly. 

Just one mouse can do serious damage to your property, but an infestation of mice can create dangerous situations. Mice enjoy chewing and gnawing, and they don’t have a preference on the materials they destroy. Mice can chew through drywall, insulation, and especially wires throughout the walls of your home. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 25% of all fires attributed to “unknown causes” are most likely rodent related. Yes, a mouse can literally burn your house to the ground. 

What Diseases Can Mice Carry

A single mouse is capable of carrying at least 36 diseases either in their stool or saliva. This is a scary number when you think of the number of mice that can inhabit your home during an infestation. 

One of the worst of these is called the Hantavirus, which affects the respiratory system. The Hantavirus can progress into Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which can be fatal. Since there is no known treatment or cure for this disease, it is best to avoid it altogether. You can prevent Hantavirus, as well as other diseases ranging from Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis to salmonella, by addressing mice infestations and visitors promptly. 

It may be hard to believe the damage a tiny rodent can do, but there is always strength in numbers. Mice are very determined rodents and will do anything to get into a warm house and seek out any food sources possible. Therefore, it is so important to stop an infestation early, in order to avoid getting sick and finding extensive damage to your home. 

Having a professional exterminator on your side can make all the difference in getting rid of these rodents for good. Do not hesitate to reach out to the experienced professionals at Mice Mob Exterminators for a home inspection today. Early detection and prevention can make all the difference in your family’s safety.

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