mice mouseA common nuisance pest, mice are known for burrowing into wall spaces, damaging property and ruining food supplies. Of course, mice are sometimes domesticated, and some people find them adorable. But make no mistake: a free mouse has a voracious appetite and will go out of its way to find food.

The most common mice invaders are deer mice and house mice. Deer mice have dark brown or reddish brown fur and large ears flanking big, black eyes. House mice have smaller anatomical features and a lighter shade of brown or gray fur. Both are much smaller than other rodent pests like Norway rats. Unfortunately, waste products are not a reliable indicator of which type of mouse is in your home. Both types have smooth droppings with pointed ends about 3 to 6 mm in length.

The Dangers Of Mice

Because deer mice are known carriers of Hantavirus, which causes the extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, you shouldn’t take any chances with handling mouse carcasses or droppings. Trust the professionals at Griffin Pest Solutions to remove mice from your home. There are plenty of reasons for doing so:

1. Mice waste products can transmit pathogens for human diseases like salmonella food poisoning, rickettsial pox, meningitis, ringworm, and dermatitis.

2. Mice will chew and gnaw through walls, baseboards, and other materials to create access tunnels through your home. If they chew through electrical wires, a fire could result.

3. The mousy odor they carry, not to mention the smell of urine and droppings, is highly unpleasant.