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How a Mouse Infestation Could Put You in Danger for Tick-Borne Diseases

catchmaster - tick canstockphoto2086066For years we have known that rodents carry diseases, some research shows that they can carry over two hundred diseases. Now we are realizing that Lyme disease and Powassan virus are two diseases that can be transferred to humans by mice. Unlike other diseases that are spread through urine or saliva, mice can increase our risk of these danger by transporting ticks into our homes as ticks are commonly found on mice. Once mice are in the home, ticks may leave the mice looking for other sources of food. Unfortunately, the other sources of food would be the people living in our homes.

As the number of cases of Lyme disease and now Powassan Virus continue to increase across the country, especially in the Northeastern section of the United States, people have learned numerous ways to try to prevent from contracting it. We have all been taught to be careful wherever there is tall grass: we must wear long pants tucked into our socks and do a thorough tick check as soon as we come inside. But what if the tick was actually in our house? We don’t take these precautions when we are sitting in our own homes and we should not have to.

To make sure that ticks are not coming into your home it is important to eliminate the source of the ticks, mice. Pest control experts suggest that homeowners make sure they repair any holes in windows, doors, or in attic spaces as mice can squeeze into a hole the size of a dime! In order to give yourself peace of mind that you have safe guarded your home, installing a monitoring system is imperative.

A monitoring system sounds expensive, but in fact it is very economical. Monitoring systems can include a variety of different traps like glue boards as well as mechanical traps and even humane traps. Not only do traps alert a homeowner to where a mouse may be entering their home, the traps will help get rid of any mice that are in the house already.

Once you have the traps, it is important to strategically place them in areas where mice might enter your home. Monitors should be placed near attics and garages where small, unperceived holes might be. Mice tend to run along walls as opposed to out in the open, so placing the traps adjacent to a wall is important. Lastly, once a mouse enters a home it will look for food, so placing traps in areas with food, such as a kitchen or pantry, is a smart placement choice.

Lyme disease can be a very scary ailment. It is best to take precautions both inside and outside of your home to lessen your chance of contracting it. Taking the right steps in controlling a mouse population in your house will help protect you from a variety of diseases and is in the best interest of your family. To learn more about our glue boards and traps simply click here.

Signs That Mice Have Escaped the Winter Inside of Your Home

MouseinhousewLogoThe polar vortex sent us running for cover indoors this past winter as frigid temperatures gripped a large portion of the United States. And, rodents were no different. Pest professionals reported an increase in calls for indoor rodent infestations and rodents were even being reported as infesting cars on the Upper West Side. So, how would you know if a rodent infestation was happening inside of your home? We put together a list of the top signs that you’re not alone, rodents have moved in:

  1. What’s that noise? Scampering, scratching and other noises in walls, ceilings or even floors could be that of a mouse or mice. Mice are nocturnal so sounds are most often heard during the evening hours when they are in search of food. But don’t rely on noise alone to uncover a mouse problem. Mice are very tiny creatures and can live among us comfortably and quietly.
  2. Discovering droppings. Mice eat frequently and defecate frequently. In fact, the average house mouse produces between 40 and 100 droppings per day! The problem is those droppings can carry disease and spread those germs throughout your home as they move about leaving urine and droppings in their tracks. Mice travel along base boards and corners to navigate a room and this is where you will likely find droppings, particularly in out of the way areas of the home. Droppings look like small, dark grains of rice with pointed ends and are brown in color.
  3. Noticing chew or gnaw marks around the home. Mice are constantly gnawing as their teeth are always growing. They gnaw their way through walls to create openings, they gnaw on woodwork and may even create a fire hazard around the home as they gnaw on electrical wiring.
  4. What’s that smell? Heavy mice infestations leave a telltale musky odor in the air. If you are noticing a room or area of your home with a distinct odor, consider inspecting for mice.
  5. Discovering a nest. Mice build nests out of warm and fuzzy materials such as twine or cotton. They are typically built in out of the way areas within the home and can be found under the hood of your car. Although the nest itself may be difficult to identify as that of a mouse you can typically find nearby droppings to confirm your suspicions.
  6. Who was in the pantry? Discovering chewed through food products in the pantry can tip you off to a mouse infestation. Again, look for nearby droppings to help you identify whether or not the culprit is a mouse.
  7. Inspecting your monitors. The best proactive way to know if you have a mouse or mice inside of your home is to strategically place glue board monitors and glue trap monitors throughout your home. Hair, droppings or a trapped mouse on the glue board or tray will confirm that you have an infestation and prompt you to take further action.

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