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How Dangerous Is It To Have Mice In My St. Louis Home?

September 17, 2021 - Mice

No matter how cute and fuzzy these little pests are, wild mice have been a menace to society for thousands of years, but it may actually be our fault. Mice have played a significant role in human civilizations for over 15,000 years, domesticated and put to work for countless experiments and purposes, and it's because of this that mice have developed a dependency on us. Now, this doesn't mean you should feel obligated to foster a nest of mice in your St. Louis home; mice are still dangerous pests, and the number of problems they can introduce to your home is staggering.

Facts About Commonly Found Mice In St. Louis

Though there are over a thousand different species of mice worldwide, the most commonly found home-invading species in St. Louis is the aptly named house mouse. Their fur color ranges from dusty brown to dark gray with cream-colored underbellies, and they can reach up to 4 inches in length, tail excluded. With their long, hairless tails, big round ears, and pointed muzzles, it's definitely understandable why you might be tempted to adopt one of these disease-ridden vermin, but there are very good reasons why you should practice restraint.

House mice are known to cause structural damage to homes and buildings, primarily chewing on wooden beams, drywall, wood and paper products, insulation, plastics, and electrical wires. They introduce other pests to properties such as fleas and ticks as well, which also come with diseases and pathogens, though the mice themselves transmit their own plethora of harmful pathogens such as:

  • Hantavirus
  • Salmonella
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis
  • Tularemia
  • Plague

How To Prevent A Mouse Infestation From Happening In Your St. Louis Home

Two things you need to know about house mice is that they can fit through holes no bigger than the size of a ballpoint pen, and they can birth litters of pups every three weeks. This means an infestation can both start and grow out of control in a very short amount of time.

Not to worry though, there are ways to lower your chances of an infestation, such as:

  • Seal up any cracks, gaps, and holes around the exterior of your home; points of interest include foundation, around the seams of outdoor-leading pipes and wires, damaged siding, exposed wood, loose shingles, and damaged roof trim.
  • Fill in any ground holes around your property.
  • Replace any worn-down insulation around doors and windows, and make sure all window screens are intact and tear-free.
  • Trim overhanging tree branches and unruly shrubs away from your home.
  • Clear out any excess clutter in your home to remove extra hiding spots.
  • Keep tight-fitting lids on both indoor and outdoor trash cans.
  • Add a secure chimney cap to the top of your chimney if you have one.
  • Clean up indoor and outdoor food prep areas, eating areas, and counters daily.
  • Keep all dried foods in airtight containers, and never leave food sitting out overnight.

How To Ensure Complete Rodent Protection In Your St. Louis Home

Unfortunately, pest prevention isn't a 100% guarantee, and it can only do so much to reduce your chances of an infestation. That's why it's always important to have a local pest control company you can trust to take care of your home, and there isn't a company in the St. Louis area that you can trust more than Roberts Pest Control.

With the number of big-name pest control corporations filling the market and approaching pest control from a corporate perspective, it can be tough to find a company that actually cares about its customers. As a family-owned and operated company, we make sure to treat each home like our own. We take a no-nonsense approach to each rodent control treatment, tailoring all of our pest control services to our customer's needs and ensuring you get the best service for your money while keeping you and your family safe. So get in contact with us today, and find out why local is always the best choice.

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