Why is it that even the smallest of creatures can cause the biggest problems? The mice that like to live in our homes are the great American success story. These tiny creatures live right alongside us in our walls and under the floorboards. They grow fat and happy living off the tiny crumbs that drop from our table. And – they breed like crazy.
This article looks more closely at what you need to know about the lowly little house mouse, one of the most invasive and prolific pests in the country today.
The Truth About Mickey and Minnie
Mickey and Minnie mouse would never have been a twosome for long; they would have created babies – and lots of them. Did you know six mice could – and do multiply into sixty mice in about 90 days? It’s how they ensure that their species will continue on, even after the family house cat grows fat trying to wipe them out.
Most mice live about one year, so they breed constantly, 365 days a year in order to continue to populate their species. A single female rodent can breed up to 10 litters a year. These litters typically have five or six pups. At one month, these pups can also start breeding; and so on. Once they get into your home they will never, ever stop, so it is pretty easy to be quickly overrun.
In the wild, field mice and the species of desert mice living around us have to contend with owls, hawks, coyotes, rattlesnakes, and all manner of predators. That’s partially why mice breed so quickly; the chances of surviving with all the odds against them are higher.
But even with a cat or two in your home, mice can live comfortably without fear of some of the big predators outside the walls. That’s why mice work so hard to come inside. What’s not to like? There’s food and warmth and mice can squeeze into the tiniest of gaps; it is the perfect storm for a big invasion of rodents.
It is for all these reasons; if you see one mouse in your home, call us immediately. Within the next 30-days you might be overrun and this is certainly not an exaggeration, it’s mouse multiplication.
Mouse in the House? Call Preventive
Preventive Pest Control can take a tour of your property and educate you on the nooks and crannies were mice like to hang out. It’s likely that we’ll seek rodent droppings hidden against walls or in the backs of cupboards. Not only is this gross, these droppings are extremely toxic and carry all kinds of diseases. Our meticulous process can help you spot the telltale signs of a rodent infestation. We can also show you some of the most likely places where they entered your home and help you understand how to stop them from using your home like a revolving door. Finally, Preventive Pest has a number of options that can help eradicate the problem completely so your unwanted guests will be kicked out.