Rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes each year, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPA). As winter approaches, it’s evident rodents will be looking for places to stay warm, and your home happens to be a top destination.
So why do rodents pose a threat to humans?
Rodents pose a threat to humans because they carry diseases that can worsen asthma and allergy symptoms. NPA also points out rodents are able to chew through a variety of home materials, such as drywall, insulation and electrical wiring, which can increase the chances of fires.
Let’s explore mice:
House mice are one of the most common mammals in the U.S. Mice most likely enter your home between October and February. Besides looking for warm shelter, mice also search for food and water during the winter months. Did you know mice can eat 15-20 times a day? Due to their large appetite, they prefer to stay near food, making your kitchen a great place to build their home.
Mice are able to fit through an opening the size of a dime. Silicone caulk placed in outside openings around your home can prevent mice from entering. However, when it comes to pests, it’s always good to get an expert opinion. We’re always one call away from helping you keep mice out of your home.
It’s important to address your mice problem right away. One mouse can quickly turn into many. They can have up to eight litters a year. Each litter has an average of six mice. Although mice have a short lifespan, they still pose a great threat to you and your family.
If you find any indication a rodent may be present in your home, call us at (920) 582-9000 to keep you and your family safe this winter.