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Does One Mouse In My West Chester Home Mean I Have An Infestation?

If you've seen a mouse running around inside your West Chester home, there is a high probability that you have an infestation. We know this because mice are timid creatures that prefer to avoid detection. It is only when food resources inside a home become limited and populations become high that mice appear. This is because mice with bolder personalities take greater risks to find food and then get caught. If you're hearing a mouse and not seeing it, you might not have an infestation. But there is a high probability that you're about to. Mice prefer to live in man-made structures. You can almost be sure that the mouse you're hearing is a happy mouse. Here are a few things you should know about that happy mouse.

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What Mice Do In Your Walls

There are many predators that love to eat tiny little mice, and mice know that they are safer when they are in closed spaces. No birds will swoop down and carry them off into the sky. No wolves are going to chomp on them. And they're going to have a better chance of escaping a snake in a tunnel, rather than in an open field. So they love the voids inside your walls. But what they do in your walls is cause for concern.

A mouse in your walls can:

  • Chew holes in wood, sheetrock, and other materials to gain access to locations with food.

  • Chew on wires and spark a fire.

  • Tear up insulation and use the material for its nest.

  • Chew through foam insulation.

  • Leave urine and excrement.

  • Have lots and lots of babies.

What Mice Do In Your Attic

When you have happy little mice running around in your attic spaces, they can present a threat to your property. Not only will they damage insulation and building materials, but they can damage items you store in your attic.

Common items mice damage in attics are:

  • Stored furniture. This is because they nest inside. The holes they chew and the waste they leave can ruin furniture.

  • Clothing. Mice rip up clothing and use the material for their nests or they nest in the voids around clothing.

  • Items stored in boxes. Mice like to chew their way into cardboard boxes. Once inside, their waste can contaminate and damage the contents.

What Mice Do Around Your Home

As a happy mouse travels from room to room exploring, it can accidentally expose you, your family, and your pets to parasites. The two parasites of most concern are ticks and fleas. One mouse can have as many as a hundred seed ticks on its body. As it moves from room to room, those ticks fall off and seek out larger animals as hosts. They may select your dog or cat, or they may attempt to get a blood meal from you.

What Mice Do In Your Kitchen

The fur of a happy little mouse can have many contaminants in it. This is because mice climb around in dumpsters, trash cans, and in other dirty places to find food. They also have urine and feces on them. If they chew into your food packages, they can accidentally expose you to harmful bacteria and pathogens as they feed. When they crawl over silverware, plates, cutting boards, and other objects, they can leave invisible organisms that can make you sick. The mouse doesn't do this on purpose. It doesn't want to give you a reason to get rid of it. It likes living with you.

The Most Important Thing You Can Know About Mice

When mice get in, they aren't likely to want to get out. And getting rid of mice can be difficult. The best way to get control of mice is to hire an educated and experienced rodent control professional. If you live in our West Chester service area, contact Moyer for effective rodent control. Our licensed pest professionals have the tools and training to get the results you're looking for. You don't have to live with happy little mice. Get rid of them quickly, with help from the friendly professionals at Moyer Pest Control.

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