Do you have a “little mice problem?” Maybe you haven’t even seen one. Maybe you’ve just heard a few little noises, every once in a while. A little scratch or scurry. Or maybe you saw one, once, and it looked sort of cute, and you figured one mouse wasn’t such a big deal. It’ll probably move out when the weather changes.
Here are a few eye-opening facts to consider. In one year, one female mouse can produce up to 10 litters, each one having an average of 6 to 8 young. That’s 32 to 56 new mice in your house, in one year…from just one female. The young are are capable of reproduction within six weeks. If all her babies survived and bred, one female mouse could havewithin a year.
There are common signs that your cute little mouse has added to the size of its family. Musky smells, visible droppings, chewed surfaces, and small piles of wood shavings or nesting material inside walls are all proof positive of a mouse infestation. Mice also chew on electrical wiring, causing fire hazards and failure of electrical outlets. And of course, there are the sounds. You might notice them mostly at night, in the ceiling and wall cavities. Chewing, scurrying, and even audible squeaks are more proof of your mouse situation.
Mice are good jumpers, climbers, and swimmers, and can squeeze through openings smaller than their bodies. They’re good hunters too, but why have a hard life when residential homes provide such an excellent living environment? It’s no wonder mice want to.
If you see any of the common telltale signs of mouse infestation, you should contact a qualified exterminator. One sighting or an occasional noise in the wall is only the first sign of a real problem. Given just a little time, your “little mice problem” can turn into a difficult and extensive extermination project, with associated rodent damage and health or safety hazards. Contact for an expert evaluation, and prevent a bigger problem while you still can,.