Some may question whether or not it is true that house mice can carry diseases. We’re here to tell you that, unfortunately, it is true, and that the diseases that they carry can affect both humans and pets. Mice spend most of their time searching for food and come into contact with various surroundings – some of which include trash cans or other infected animals or insects. Because of the many environments mice come into contact with, they can transmit diseases through their urine, feces, saliva, or even dust contaminated with mouse allergens.
Mice can carry the following diseases: Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Leptospirosis, Salmonellosis, and Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM). These diseases can lead to symptoms like fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and more. When it comes to taking care of mice in your home, it is important to do so carefully.
The risk of disease transmission varies on the health of the individual mouse and the environments it has been in. While not all mice carry diseases, it is important to know how to take care of mice found in your home to reduce the risk of infecting your family and pets. It is helpful to maintain good hygiene practices, keep your home clean and sealed from any cracks and gaps, and properly dispose of and seal your food.
Mice and rats have the incredible ability to squeeze through the smallest of openings. Mice can enter holes or gaps the size of a dime while rats can fit through areas the size of a quarter. It is important to ensure that your house is secure and intact from all openings and crevices. Use items like caulk or weatherstripping to help keep your doors, windows, walls, and home foundation closed up.
Keeping your home clean of crumbs, food scraps, standing water, or any other food source is a crucial way to prevent mice from entering your home. Store your food, including pet food, in air-tight sealed containers to keep mice and rats out of your house. By also keeping your home clean and organized, you can eliminate appealing hiding spots that mice and rats are attracted to. By reducing any clutter in your home, you can better spot any signs of potential rodent infestations.
If you have a persistent or severe rodent infestation, consider hiring a professional pest control company like Insight Pest Solutions to help manage the situation. Our team of trained experts will know exactly what to do for your unique rodent problem and can help eliminate the mice and rats in your area. Call us today at (888) 414-1430 for a free quote and more information about our rodent services.