Myths Debunked About Mouse Infestations In Your House

What do you think of when you imagine a pest infestation? Many people imagine the creepers such as cockroaches. If you think of a rodent, you may imagine rats first. However, mouse infestations can be a real problem. Mice are everywhere, and they often prefer your home to the uncertainties of the wild.

People sometimes have misconceptions about mice in their homes. Below are some of the common myths and the truth behind them.

You Can Cohabitate with Mice

Mice aren't as ugly as other pests like rats and cockroaches, which is why some people don't immediately associate them as a pest. However, they can be very destructive. They have sharp teeth and relatively strong jaws. So, they can gnaw through wood to get inside your home. What's more, they love to gnaw on plastic or vinyl, so they can destroy your wiring and even your gas lines.

Mice Can Squeeze Through Any Crack

This myth is actually based in fact. A typical mouse's skull is 6 millimeters tall, which is about the size of a dime. Trailing behind that skull is a seriously flexible backbone surrounded by soft tissue. Typically, if a mouse can get its head through a hole, the rest can squeeze through. That said, they more often prefer to start with a small gap and make it wider with their sharp teeth, so you'll be able to tell where they enter.

Cats Will Solve Your Mouse Problem

Cats are natural predators for mice, right? Well, that fact is true of mousers in a barn who feed off what they can catch. Your average house cat typically has a steady diet of kibble. Some house cats may still stir themselves to chase after a mouse, and others will abide by their natural instincts, but many house cats will avoid hunting mice. A cat alone isn't an automatic deterrent; indeed, mice love to snack on cat kibble.

Cheese is their Favorite Meal

Speaking of food, mice will eat anything for the most part. However, contrary to what cartoons have taught you, their favorite meal isn't necessarily cheese. In fact, in nature they eat grasses and seeds. So, they love any grains they can find in your pantry. They can easily make their way through a box of cereal. Interestingly, they'll eat cockroaches, too, though that's not a good form of pest control.

Cleaning Up Mouse Droppings is Simple

Mouse droppings aren't very big. They look like black rice on your floor. However, those droppings, along with their urine, can cause hantavirus in humans, which is a deadly respiratory disease. The CDC recommends taking extreme cautions in cleaning up mouse droppings by first spraying them with a disinfectant and using a paper towel to wipe them up.

If you fear you have a mouse infestation, call your local pest control services.