Mice may be tiny creatures, but they sure can cause big problems.
In fact, some of the problems mice cause are precisely a result of their being so small. Being small allows them to get in through cracks that other animals can't fit through. It also allows them to get closer to people and the things that are important to use, such as the food we eat and the surfaces and utensils that we use to prepare and serve it.
Mice get into our kitchen cupboards, for example, where they gnaw their way into food packaging, eat some of it, and contaminate much more of it with their saliva, droppings, urine, and shed hairs. They also get into cabinets and drawers where we store pots, pan, dishes, and utensils: and they leave trails of poop, pee, and germs wherever they go. It's their small size that allows them to do this.
What most people don't realize is that this frequent contact between mice and people makes mice an even bigger health risk than their less-popular cousins, the rats. Mice don't keep much distance between themselves and us. Rats do. Mice are curious and readily explore new areas, whereas rats tend to be more cautious and are less likely to wander into our living areas. But both animals carry most of the same diseases, making mice, in some ways, the more dangerous of the two species.
Mice, in fact, are capable of transmitting several very serious diseases, including:
In addition, mice cause physical damage when they gnaw on homes and on stored belongings, and they cause a fire hazard when they gnaw on electrical wiring and build easily-ignitable nests in secluded places.
Simply stated, don't let the mouse's small size and cartoon-character cuteness fool you. These small animals can cause big problems once they get into your home or business.
Most exterminators routinely use poison to kill mice. Some will also make some efforts to close up obvious holes, but some don't even do that much. They rely on rodenticide and do little else.
Unfortunately, the fact that most exterminators use poisons to kill mice doesn't mean that it's the right way to do it. In fact, the reasons it is such a popular way to do it is because tossing poison around in an attic is easy and cheap for the exterminator, not because it's best for the customer. There actually are many drawbacks to using rodenticides for mouse control.
The biggest reason not to use rodenticides for mouse control is because it doesn't solve your mouse problem. Yes, mice who eat the poison will die. But without proper exclusion, "new" mice eventually will get in to replace the "old" mice. At best, using poisons to kill mice is a temporary solution. It makes sense sometimes when used in conjunction with aggressive mouse-proofing, especially if the building doesn't lend itself to the use of traps. But by itself, it's a band-aid approach that doesn't give lasting results.
Here are some other reasons why our exclusion-based approach to mouse control is a better way to go.
At Rid-A-Critter, our mouse-control programs are built on exclusion. We make your home "mouse-proof" so they can't get in. They we use traps to remove the existing mice from your home or business. We avoid the use of rodenticides wherever possible. Usually, we use no poisons at all.
Some exterminators will tell you that it's impossible to seal mice out of a house, but it's a rare home that can't be made mouse-proof. We do it all the time. What this means for you, the customer, is that you get a more permanent solution to your mouse problem that doesn't rely on poisons, with all their associated drawbacks and risks.
Rid-A-Critter provides environmentally-friendly, non-toxic mouse control and mouse-proofing services to homes and businesses throughout the Augusta, Georgia area, including the communities of Appling, Evans, Grovetown, Hephzibah, and Martinez, Georgia. Please contact us for more information.
Mouse Control Gallery
Here are a few pictures of mouse-control jobs we've done.
Mouse nest in the engine compartment of a truck
Mouse-proof dryer vent installed on a house
Droppings in attic at Augusta mouse control job
Mouse hole in baseboard of an Augusta apartment
Mice getting into Evans home through dryer vent
Caught by the tail at Augusta mouse control job
Mouse droppings in the attic of an Augusta home
Mice increase cooling costs by gnawing insulation
Mouse hole around an electrical ground
Mouse entry point into a house in Augusta
Mice got into Augusta home through the dryer vent
Mouse hole in the basement of a house in Evans
Inpsecting for mice in a house in Augusta