Mice, Voles, Rats

Mice, Voles, and Rats

There is a popular perception that mice, unlike their larger cousins the rats, are harmless or even cute. That they are commonly depicted as such in movies, cartoons, and comic strips just adds to their cuddly reputation.

The reality is that mice are filthy animals who transmit disease, and their gnawing causes millions of dollars in property damage,as well as some lost lives every year. Mice do not belong in houses or other buildings occupied by humans. Period.

Let’s look at some stark realities about mice:

  • Mice have a 30-day breeding cycle. The babies will leave their mother and produce offspring in 60 days. That’s approximately 150 baby mice in a year. This is the main reason why we don’t fool around with the New England mouse. Our service will protect your home and stop the breeding cycle so they will not take over your house.
  • Mice contaminate our stored foods with their shed hair, droppings, urine, and other filth.
  • Mice are known to transmit many serious diseases including food poisoning, leptospirosis, Lyme disease, murine typhus, and the arenaviruses.
  • Mice gnawing on electrical wiring cause numerous fires every year, as well as numerous outages; destroying computer and other communications networks.
  • Deer mice have been identified as occasional vectors of Lyme Disease and Hanta Virus, making their control and management especially important near human habitation where these diseases are prevalent.

Maybe they’re not so cute and harmless, after all.

 

 

Signs of a Mouse Problem & Getting Rid of Mice

Because mice are small, timid, and secretive, quite often we see evidence of a mouse problem before we see the mice themselves. Most commonly, mouse droppings, nesting materials, or evidence of their gnawing are the first visible signs of a mouse infestation.

Like rodents in general, mice have extraordinary reproductive capabilities. If you don’t take care of a mouse problem while it is still small, chances are you’ll have a big mouse problem not very far in the future.

We at Sudbury Pest Solutions solve each mouse problem individually. Depending on the situation, our methods include consultation about sanitation and exclusion, trapping, baiting, or other types of rodenticide procedures. We will locate the openings and seal them.

If you’re having problems with mice or have seen evidence, please contact Sudbury Pest Solutions to speak with a professional to determine a resolution. 978-443-2000.

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