If you have a problem with mice, but are concerned about using pesticides in your home, the good news is there are a variety of organic pest control options available to get the job done. Mice are one of the most common household pests in Tampa because they can thrive in any environment and they multiply quickly, which makes it difficult to get rid of them. An infestation of mice can pose a serious risk to the health and well-being of your family, so it is important to recognize the signs of a possible infestation.
Signs of an Infestation of Mice
One of the most common signs you have a problem with mice is the droppings. Mice droppings are small, black pellets which can be found anywhere and everywhere, including the inside of your kitchen cabinets. Another common sign is holes in food packages such as bread or cereal boxes. Mice also chew through paper and other debris to get nesting material, so you may notice shredded magazines, books or newspapers. Another clear indication of a rodent infestation would be scurrying and scratching sounds in the walls.
Dangers of Having an Infestation of Mice
Mice can pose a serious risk to the health and safety of your family. Mice frequently nest in the walls of Tampa homes to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. If there are mice living in the attic or walls of your home they can chew on the electrical wiring, which poses a serious risk of a fire in your home. Mice also carry over 35 different types of disease, including:
*Leptospirosis, which is a serious disease spread by mouse urine and can cause liver failure, breathing problems, meningitis and/or kidney damage.
*Tapeworms, which is a parasite that can infect humans by touching mice droppings and/or eating contaminated foods.
*Salmonella Typhimurium, which is a bacterial illness that is spread through the foods you eat that are contaminated with mice droppings.
*Murine Typhus, which is a mild disease humans can contract through mice fleas.
Organic Pest Control for Mice
If you suspect a mouse infestation, it is essential that you contact a pest control company as soon as possible. The longer the infestation goes untreated, the greater the risk is for your family to get sick or extensive damages to occur in your home. If you prefer an organic pest control method, just let the technician know and they will be able to use a variety of different techniques and products such as glue boards or live-catch traps.
Once you have gotten rid of the infestation, it is important to know the necessary precautions to prevent a future infestation. Avoid leaving debris lying around, clean up crumbs and spills immediately and seal all entry holes to prevent them from entering your home. The best prevention is to have a local extermination company, like the quality service found at Chet’s Pest Management, provide organic pest control for your home on a regular basis.