Rodents invade homes and buildings in search of food, water, and shelter. There are 30 known species of mice but the best known of these is the Common House Mouse well named for its utilization of buildings for food and shelter. The adult Common House Mouse is about 1-2 inches long with large ears, a pointed nose, small eyes and a small, slim, light gray or brown body. The White Footed Deer Mouse carries the deadly Hantavirus in their droppings.
The Norway rat has a stocky body measuring 10"-12". They are much larger than mice, and can weigh as much as one pound. It has a blunt nose and its scaly tail is shorter than the head and body combined.
Mice are primarily known as carriers of disease and parasites such as ticks and fleas. Among the serious diseases carried by mice are:
Mice searching for food and shelter enter buildings through cracks and small openings in and near foundations and through openings made for utilities, vents and water pipes. Cracks and openings do not have to be very large for a Common House Mouse to fit through - the skeletal system allows even the adult mouse to squeeze through a crack the thickness of a pencil or through a hole the size of a dime.
The secret to effective rodent control is to seal up the perimeter to keep rodents out through proper rodent exclusion.
Strategically set traps, bait stations, and other pet control devices wherever evidence of rodent activity is found can be effective.
By using the most professional bait stations on the exterior of a structure, professionals can make an environment around your home undesirable for mice habitat.
Preventing mice from invading your home and contaminating your environment can be a very difficult task. The risk of this happening can be kept to a minimum if all cracks and holes in and around basements, doors, and where utilities enter the building are filled and maintained.
If you find rodent feces, always treat the droppings with care and disinfect droppings prior to wiping them up. You never know if the droppings are carrying the deadly Hantavirus.