Mice are usually gray or tannish brown in color, and are far smaller than rats. Both animals are prolific breeders, so populations can rapidly get out of control in your home or business. Mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime in search of food and shelter, so it can be very difficult prevent mice from entering homes. After mice enter homes, they can be very hard to get rid of. Field mice, house mice, and deer mice are all common species found in the Omaha area.
Mice pose a number health risks to humans. Mouse infestations have been linked to electrical fires because the insulation on many wires contains soy products, which attracts mice to chew through the insulation, leaving dangerous wires exposed. They damage to our buildings, electronics, and utilities by their gnawing and burrowing activities. The global cost of rat and mice infestations is estimated in the billions of dollars!
Mice also transmit numerous diseases. Deer mice carry hantavirus, and can be passed to humans when their feces contaminates food products. Hantavirus results in symptoms similar to influenza can require serious medical attention.
Where they hide:
Mice are nocturnal, and once they enter homes through holes in floors, foundations and house walls, they quickly find places to hide. Mice often live in the insulation of walls, in cupboards, and in basements and attics.
How to spot them:
If mice are living in the walls of a home, you may be able to hear their scratching sounds. Furthermore, while mice prefer to emerge at night to look for food, you may notice their tracks or droppings visible throughout your home or even evidence of biting and burrowing.
What to do:
By thoroughly analyzing and identifying the sources of these rodents, the severity and extent of the infestation, where they are living, and their areas of activity, our Omaha pest control and rodent control experts can formulate the most effective solution for your rodent control problem.