Talking Mice: Mouse Problems and Damage
As we finish up our discussion of why mice can be a problem for your home, we want to touch on the other ways that the common house mouse can wreak havoc on your home. We’ve already touched on the diseases that they can spread, but there are other problems that mice can cause beyond the disease and illness that they bring with them. For homeowners in our coverage area, Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania and the state of Delaware, the changing of seasons is starting to bring with it the first of the new infestations, and all these problems will be close behind.
First off, the same urine and droppings that the mice leave that can help to spread several diseases will also stain and ruin the surfaces of your home, causing considerable repair bills. These repair bills are magnified by the other damage that mice can do. They are prodigious gnawers, chewing on doors, walls, wires, and just about anything else that they can reach, which can lead to cosmetic damage or much worse structural damage depending on where they’re chewing. They also love to tunnel in insulation, tearing up your protection against the heat and cold to build their network of tunnels.
Another area that mice cause problems for homeowners is in food spoilage. In rooting around your pantry for food, a single mouse can spoil nearly five to ten times the amount of food that they consume. In addition to being a primary driver for the spread of disease, this can quickly turn into another hefty expense for the homeowner.
Finally, there’s a quality of life cost that comes with an infestation of mice. There’s the obvious fear that they cause in a great many people; you’re not alone if you’re afraid of the common mouse, and you’ve got even more company if you’re worried and anxious about the damage they can cause. In addition, a mouse infestation and the waste that it brings come alongside an unpleasant odor. Finally, they’re known to be on the move all throughout the night, and their skittering and gnawing can keep you from the rest you need.
Your family shouldn’t be troubled by a mouse infestation, especially when they’re so easily preventable. Remember to take the necessary steps to protect your home and family, and don’t hesitate to call us at Absolute Pest Services to help with either exclusion work to protect you or mouse removal work to take care of them after a problem has started.