Compared to their relatives the rats, mice have a relatively harmless reputation. A lot of people even think they're cute, which is probably why so many mice have enjoyed successful careers as animated cartoon characters. People just don't have the same kinds of feelings about mice as they do about rats.
Unfortunately, the harmless reputation that mice enjoy is undeserved. In fact, in some ways, mice present an even bigger threat to human health than rats do because the mouse's small size and inquisitive nature brings mice into much closer contact with people. Mice get into our kitchen cabinets, cupboards, utensil drawers, and even into the food we eat, spreading urine, droppings, shed fur, and disease-causing germs the whole way.
Mice also mature more quickly than rats do. A baby mouse reaches breeding maturity at about six weeks of age, compared to about twelve weeks for rats. That means that even though mice have fewer young per litter than rats do, a mouse populations has the potential to grow very large over time because of the shorter time to maturity.
Mice have been positively identified as playing roles in the spread of several serious diseases, including:
Clearly, mice aren't as cute and innocent as the reputation they enjoy.
Most exterminators rely heavily of rodenticides (pesticides designed to kill rodents) for mouse control. We rarely use them. We rely more on trapping and exclusion, which is basically sealing mice out of a home. We trap the existing ones and seal out new ones, resulting in a more permanent solution to your mouse problem, with little or no use of poisons.
We have good reasons for doing mouse control the way we do. Some of these include:
What it really gets down to is that relying on poisons to kill mice is the lazy way to do it. It's also more expensive over the long run because the problem is never really solved. As long as the house isn't mouse-proofed, mice will continue to get inside almost as quickly as you can poison them. If you're paying an exterminator to place the poison, you will be paying that person forever.
Rid-A-Critter provides environmentally-friendly, non-chemical mouse control to homes and businesses throughout Columbia and Aiken, South Carolina areas. Please contact us for more information about how we can make your home or business mouse-free.
Mouse Control Gallery
Here are a few pictures of mouse-control jobs we've done in South Carolina.
Mice increase cooling costs by gnawing insulation
Mouse droppings in the attic of a Lexington home
Mouse hole on the outside of a house in Columbia
Failed DIY mouse-proofing attempt in Greenwood
Mouse entry hole into a house in Columbia
Mouse entry hole behind the siding in Columbia
Mouse hole in a house in Lexington
Mouse damage inside a basement in Columbia
Mouse entry hole into a house in Greenwood
Gap that mice used to get into this Columbia home
Mouse entry gap around a pipe at a house in Aiken
Mouse got into the house through the crawl vent
Mouse hole alowed mice into this Lexington home
Mouse entry point into a house in Columbia
Mouse entry through the vent at an Aiken home
Mouse gnawing to pipe insulation in Columbia
Mouse droppings in garage of a Columbia home
Mouse got into a Lexington home through the vent
Mouse hole around an electrical ground
Mouse-proof dryer vent installed on a house
Mouse rub marks on plumbing in Columbia
Mouse hole through brick wall at a Columbia home
Mouse droppings in the kitchen in Columbia
Mouse entry point in a Columbia home
Mouse droppings in an attic in Aiken, SC
Inpsecting for mice in a house in Sumter
Mouse hole leading into a house in Lexington
Mouse entry hole into a house in North Augusta