Mice, rats and other small rodents are pests that have been plaguing humans for thousands of years. They are hardy creatures that require little food and water, and love to settle underneath floors and behind walls.
A mice home infestation can be a very serious situation and can cause a lot of damage. Mice can chew through electrical wiring, which can create a fire hazard, and also love to gnaw at insulation, which can be costly. Mice and other rodents use shredded fibers and other materials that they’ve found throughout the house to build their nests. They will most commonly build nests in undisturbed areas such as storage crates found in attics or basements. While mice primarily feed on grains, oats and corn, they can and will feed on whatever food is available to them.
Mouse infestations can grow rapidly and can be extremely difficult to exterminate. One female mouse can produce up to 10 litters in one year and can give birth to offspring just 20 days after mating. Offspring are capable of reproduction in just 2 months and have a normal lifespan of nine months to one year. Besides the fact that a rodent or mouse infestation can cause significant damage to your home, mice often carry bacteria and diseases. This bacteria can be spread from rodents to humans and animals through their droppings, urine and saliva.
Signs of a Mouse or Rodent Infestation
So, how can you tell if you have a mouse infestation in your home? Check around your home for the following signs, which can help you identify a possible nesting area:
- Gnawed or chewed plastic or furniture
- Musky odors
Remember, even small populations can cause considerable damage, so it is crucial to recognize an infestation as early as possible. If you believe you might have a mouse infestation in your home, don’t wait! Call a professional exterminator, like OPC Pest Control, for an inspection and consultation. The team of professional rodent exterminators at OPC Pest Control have years of experience serving the Capital Region of Upstate New York, from Saratoga Springs to Albany, Clifton Park to Malta and beyond.