In this post, we review the dangers of mice and the reasons you don’t want them in your home.
It’s pretty much a given that we don’t want mice in our homes. I’ve never met someone who had mice in there home that didn’t want to get rid of them.
But are mice dangerous? How can such a tiny little rodent hurt people?
Are mice dangerous to humans?
A mouse isn’t dangerous to a human the same way that a predator, a grizzly bear is, or poisonous like a black widow spider. A mouse won’t attack and kill you.
They will, however, bring diseases into your home, create an unhealthy environment create threats that can be dangerous.
Mice can be dangerous because they can bring diseases into your home, they bring unsanitary conditions into your home that can cause illness, they can chew on wires and start fires, and they can even cause problems with allergies.
Dangers of mice
- Carry diseases such as Hantavirus, Salmonella, Leptospirosis and even the Plague.
- Mice have no bladder control and will leave a trail of urine wherever they travel.
- Will create 50-75 droppings each day.
- Can contaminate foods and food preparation areas with urine, droppings, and hair.
- Cause structural damage through gnawing and nest-building.
- Mice can chew wires and cause electrical fires.
- A single female can produce a litter of six babies up to ten times a year.
- Can damage electronics and machinery by chewing wires.
- Mice droppings may cause allergy issues.
- Mice can carry fleas, lice, mites, and ticks.
Diseases carried by mice
House mice can carry many diseases and transmit them to both humans and pets through their droppings and by contaminating food.
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Dangers of mouse droppings
Mice can transmit diseases through their droppings and urine. Because they have no bladder control, they will leave a trail of urine and feces wherever they travel. If these droppings end up in food or food preparation areas, they can cause sickness and disease.
Mice are naturally drawn to areas where they can get crumbs and food. This will bring them into your kitchen, cupboards, and pantry in search of things to eat. As they search for food, their droppings will contaminate everything they come into contact with.
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Damages by nest building
Mice can chew through insulation, wallboards, cardboard, and even wood. To make a nest they may rip up newspapers, clothing or fabric. Besides destroying items in your home, they will spread their disease filled droppings in all these areas.
Chewing electrical wires
Mice, much like squirrels, will chew electrical wires because their teeth constantly grow and need to be gnawed down. It’s estimated that rodents chewing wires cause almost 10% of home electrical fires.
A single female mouse can produce as many of 10 litters in a year of up to 6 young. These 60 offspring can mate and reproduce in as little as six weeks. A mouse infestation in the home can escalate quickly.
Many people are allergic to mouse droppings. If left for long enough in the home, mouse droppings can become airborne in the home and cause allergy issues.
When mice enter your home, they can bring fleas, lice, mites, and ticks with them. These biting insects can cause issues for both you and your pets.