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Did you see a mouse today?

Did you see a mouse today?

Did you see a mouse today? A fuzzy little shadow in a corner of the kitchen? That would not be at all surprising. Summer and winter alike, lots of little creatures like to get indoors where it is comfortable and safe.

Unfortunately, mice are not just cute little animals. They are destructive, unhygienic, and new research shows that they carry diseases such as salmonella to a degree previously unsuspected.

How are they destructive? The first and most obvious way is what they do to your food. They will chew through cardboard and thin plastic to get into your breakfast cereal, potato chips, pasta, or most any grain.

Like all rodents, mice must continually gnaw at things to groom their teeth. In the wild, they will gnaw on twigs and plant stems both to groom their teeth and for food. In your home, they will gnaw on something that reminds them of twigs and stems: electrical wires. Look behind your desk at the tangle of wires running from your computer. That’s a very attractive destination for a mouse to work his jaws.

That’s not all, though. A house mouse gnawing wires can ruin your computer mouse. But you know what else frayed electric wires can do, right? New research suggests that as many as 20% of house fires recorded as “Cause unknown” may have started because of mice nibbling live wires.

How are they unhygienic? Back to those wires behind your desk: mice will climb those to run about your desk looking for food you may have left out. If you find little oval pellets, about ¼” long decorating your desk: those may be mouse droppings. And for every pellet you see, there are probably a dozen urine spraylets. Think of that when you see a trail of mouse droppings in the cupboard with the corn flakes. Even worse, new research has demonstrated that mouse urine contains a protein which can trigger asthma in children.

What do I do now? The first and best thing to do is to make a close visual inspection of your home, including the basement and garage. Look for any cracks where mice (or other small animals) might get in. Generally, if you can fit your pinky finger into a crack or hole, a mouse can get through it. Seal up any small cracks with a spray insulation foam, or purpose-made filler. Alternatively, steel or copper wool will do the job, but the foam has the added benefit of stopping cold air coming in, too.

Second, call in Tiger Termite & Pest Control, your Chino Hills pest control professionals. They will install a number of different control measures to get rid of any mice in your house now, and with a regular homeowner’s service plan, will check back periodically to ensure you are staying free of mice and other vermin.

Call Tiger Termite at (909) 597-6953 for a free estimate.

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