The two common types of mouse species that infest homes and businesses in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana are the house mouse and the deer mouse. 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 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.
Signs of a rodent infestation:
Droppings found around the home
Small rodent nests which can be made up of household materials, twigs, even grass
Gnaw marks on structures of the home as well as food containers
The sound of little feet scurrying overhead and through the walls at night (Yes, you really can hear them)
These droppings are actually quite obvious; they are typically black in color and between 3 and 6 millimeters long and granular in shape. Some people compare mouse droppings to the size and shape of rice and they can be found near breeding and nesting areas, although they can also be found where the rodents are feeding.
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 holes 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.
There are risks that come with rodent infestations. Not only can they leave behind their feces and urine, but they are also known for spreading diseases and causing physical damage to the structure of your home. Diseases spread by these pests include Hantavirus, Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome, Lassa Fever, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis, Plague and Rat-Bite Fever, among others. Rodents are known for spreading fleas and ticks to your pets and they can contaminate the food in your cupboards. Because rodents have a constant need to gnaw to keep their front teeth from overgrowing, they are known to chew drywall, insulation, wood furniture and other items. Rodents can even be the cause of house fires when they chew on electrical wires inside the home.
Dangers of rodent infestation:
Contamination of surfaces and food from their droppings and urine
Spread of many diseases including Hantavirus, salmonellosis and swine dysentery
Structural damages to the home from their gnawing habits and nesting
Risk of electrical fire if they are gnawing on electrical wires equipment
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.
Rose Pest Solutions uses natural products, baits, and mechanical means as a form of treatment as much as possible. When conventional materials are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the 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.
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 the 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.
Preventing rodent infestations:
Seal off all openings on the outside of the home including small cracks and crevices.
Take the trash out on a regular basis and keep it stored in bins with lids.
Keep all open food stored in airtight containers to prevent rodents from contaminating food.
Clean up spills and crumbs right away which are what rodents are searching for.