Mice not only introduce horrid smells and filth into the home, they also carry serious diseases and therefore should he eradicate from the house at the first sign of an infestation. To illustrate my point, I will present the various illnesses transmitted by mice.
Mice convey the bacteria Salmonella Typhimurium. While not the most harmful bacteria, Salmonella Typhimurium can cause debilitating intestinal symptoms including diarrhea, cramps, nausea and retching. The disease can prove fatal in people with weakened constitution The bacteria is spread by foodstuffs contaminated by mice droppings and is one of the most common causes of food poisoning.
Mice can also transmit tapeworms. Mice get infected with the parasite after they accidentally eat contaminated food. Humans become infected if they eat foodstuffs containing contaminated mice droppings. This frequently occurs after people touch mice or mice droppings and then neglect to wash their hands thoroughly before eating.
Murine Typhus is a relatively mild disease that can be conveyed either by rat or mice fleas. The disease is contracted after a human bite victim scratches the place where he has been bitten by a flea carrying the disease. While itching the bite area he inevitably pushes flea feces into the blood stream, and in this way allows the typhus to penetrate into the body. Symptoms, which begin 6 days to 2 weeks after the bite, include fever, aching muscles and headache.
Leptospirosis is a more serious disease spread by mice. It appears in many forms and levels of severity and is one of the major reasons homeowners should assiduously work to rid their home of these disease carrying rodents. When full-blown the disease is alternatively called infectious jaundice or Wiel’s disease. Symptoms of Leptospirosis include vomiting, high fever, chills, a rash, ach\ muscles and jaundice. Other complications of Leptospirosis can include difficulty breathing, kidney damage, liver failure and meningitis Leptospirosis is usually transmitted by mouse urine.
The most serious mouse borne illness is Hantavirus. This rare condition is found throughout North and South America. The disease can be contacted through inhalation of dust contaminated with mice urine or droppings or through direct contact with mice or their urine or droppings or rarely through a mouse bite. The virus causes Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), which is a potentially deadly disease.
How You Can Control Mice In Your House
House mouse is well known to establish a well-adapted existence in food establishments, malls, and even homes Winter is the high time for mice to migrate indoors to search for shelter, food, and warmth. Mice are hard to manage and control once they have established living inside your home, and this can be a problem. Thus, proper and extensive knowledge is needed to know which kind of mice control is best to use.
Although mice are considerably less objectionable to most people compared to rats, mice is more common in number and can significantly cause more damage. The greatest dilemma with mice is not on how much food they eat and steel from you, but its more on the things that you need u> throw out because of the damage that-the mice has bestowed on your things. Mice’s droppings, urine, or gnaw can damage furniture, hook, and clothing, it can contaminate water and food as well. House mice preferably gnaw on electrical wirings of the house which may cause damage to your appliances such as TV, Refrigerator, cloth dryers, etc. and may even cause a short circuit and eventually fire More than the damage on the things we own, mice can also transmit salmonellosis (bacterial food poisoning) though the contamination of their infected rodent feces lo any of our food or drinks.
Because of the nature of mice as nocturnal creatures, they are rarely seen by homeowners. In the morning you will only see evidences of then roaming around the house at night when you see droppings that are 1/8 – ‘/z inches long, dark and pointed at ends, hearing them running, squeaking, or gnawing, or seeing damaged materials of food in your home.
Mice, unlike rats, hunt for food not far from their nests, usually not more than 10-25 feet. If you are planning to set a trap, you must place u in places where mouse activity is most apparent. Adjacent travelling in walls and edges are the preferred route of mice, thus you must consider this upon setting a trap for the mice. When a trap has successfully trapped a mice, you must relocate the new trap in order to successfully use it again as mice are very inquisitive and most likely investigate new objects placed anywhere near their hunting territory
Mice take on 20-30 food sites each night because they are nibblers; they feed on a large array of foods, they feed on nuts, bacon, sweets, and butters. but prefer mostly cereal grains and seeds. These are good choices of baits in setting a trap.
You must think like a mouse if your want to control them, note those behavioral traits mentioned earlier. Before any traps, the best way to control mice in your home is to prevent their entry in your home. Mice have highly flexible bones and can squeeze to any small openings at even ‘A inch small, thus you must seal every opening you see in your home in order to prevent their entry.