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House Mouse

Mice are extremely harmful pests, spreading diseases through their parasites, urine and feces and consuming and contaminating food meant for humans, livestock and other animals.

What kind of mice do I have?

There are two common types of mouse species that will enter your home or your business in Detroit, Cleveland, and throughout Ohio and Michigan. The house mouse is a small rodent that is nearly hairless and has a slightly pointed black nose with slightly protruding eyes and large ears. They range in color from very light brown to black and normally have a gray belly or buff belly.  The droppings are black and have a musty smell.  Another common rodent invader is the deer mouse.  The deer mouse is bi-colored, having white feet, usually a white belly and white undersides with a brownish upper back and head. Their tails are quite long, oftentimes the same length as the head and body combined.  Their tails are very distinctively multi-colored and compared to the house mouse, the deer mouse has larger eyes and ears.  The droppings of the deer mouse are black and smooth with pointed ends. 

Why do I have them?

Mice are commensal, meaning that they share space and habitats with humans and depend on us in part for their survival.  Mice are always looking for food, water and shelter for survival, and have been known to enter dwellings through very small holes, sometimes House Mouse in Ohioholes smaller than 1/4" in diameter.  Rodents have the capability of entering a structure through tiny and unpredictable places and since most structures are not sealed appropriately, rodents often have no trouble finding their way inside.  

Are they dangerous?

Yes, mice can be dangerous. The deer mouse transmits salmonellosisswine dysentery and the potentially fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) through its urine and feces. HPS disease does not affect other mice but can be very dangerous to humans and can be transmitted through disturbance or immediate contact with mouse carcasses, or by breathing in aerosolized urine droplets of infected deer mice. Besides HPS, the micro droplets of mouse urine can cause allergies in children and the presence of mice can cause other pests to enter your home, as they often carry fleas, ticks and mites. 

How do you get rid of mice?

House mice have the ability to thrive under a variety of conditions and are excellent climbers; having the ability to run up any rough vertical surface and horizontally along cable wires or ropes.  They are very quick creatures and getting rid of them can be a tricky task.   At Rose Pest Solutions, our services include the necessary products to eliminate the pest AND we will return to your home or business for a follow-up to determine if our services have fulfilled your needs.  

How soon can you get here?

Contact your nearest Rose Pest Solutions service center immediately for an appointment.
In many cases, we can respond within 24-48 hours.

Is the treatment safe?

Rose Pest Solutions uses natural productsbaits, and mechanical means as a form of treatment as much as possible. When conventional materials are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for product so that it poses no threat to people, pets or plants. Rose Pest Solutions ensures that all our products are registered by the EPA and our professional service technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that are required.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Pest problems can be difficult to prevent, although there are measures that can be taken to make certain that your newly pest free home or business does not become host to a new mouse population.   At Rose Pest Solutions, we recommend the use of rodent-proofing materials on doorways and around the exterior of the structure.  Holes of any size should be sealed with the materials and keeping the landscape around your home or office tidy is important.  Tall weeds, grass and clutter on your property can be an attraction for mice, so it’s important to keep grass mowed and clutter at an absolute minimum.  Once house and deer mice find a way into your home, food will be a priority, so it’s important to keep your food ‘defensively’ packaged, in stainless steel, glass or heavy plastic containers.  

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