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Control of Mice

MouseBecause they carry and transmit viruses, bacteria and other diseases, mice are considered to be troublesome pests.

They are commonly responsible for causing damage to personal property and are notorious for commercial crop destruction. In agricultural communities, mice may also be responsible for machine and equipment malfunction. They destroy storage boxes, electrical lines and other materials while building their nests. Mice populations can expand to include over 200 specimens in a matter of months.

The presence of mouse droppings is an early and certain indication of an infestation. Nesting areas may be found in drawers, shoeboxes, storage boxes, under cabinets, and other areas that are seldom accessed. Mice tracks are sometimes visible in dusty or muddy areas and holes in walls confirm their presence, as well as their nesting place. Homeowners suffering infestations may hear noises at night and smell their urine in areas with poor ventilation.

Mice can contaminate surfaces and food sources within homes. When unknowingly ingested, their urine is dangerous to humans. Hantavirus is a particular threat associated with inhalation of particles released when mouse droppings, urine and saliva are disturbed.