How Can Mice Destroy My Home?

Mouse in front of chewed baseboards.

Mice seem harmless due to their small size and playful portrayal in classic cartoons. However, had we known the true intentions of their destructive nature, maybe we would have rooted for Tom instead of Jerry. With the ability to reproduce in record time, it is important to know the dangers of coexisting with these squeaky pests.

In this blog, our team of experts aims to educate you on the importance of ridding your home of rodents by discussing how they cause harm to not only your home but also your health.

Spread Serious Illness

Although they rarely bite, what they leave behind is where the danger lies. Mice spread diseases in multiple ways.

  • Urine
  • Droppings
  • Nest materials
  • Saliva

The more mice you have in your home, the more likely you will catch one of the diseases they carry. The sicknesses you can catch are much more than just a sore throat or a runny nose and can have lasting effects on your health, impacting your brain and other vital organs critical to survival.

Diseases Spread by Mice

  • Hantavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCMV)
  • Tularemia
  • Salmonella

They Eat Anything

Mice will eat anything. They chew on walls, baseboards, doors, and cabinets for cosmetic purposes. Their teeth continue to grow their entire lives, causing the need to keep them maintained. Chewing hard wood surfaces helps file the teeth down and avoid serious health issues.

Rodents also eat your food. Even if you think your food is safely in a cabinet or pantry, it's not. Mice will find a way to get in and feed on your precious groceries. Doing so leads to their saliva and feces being left behind.

Fire Hazard

Along with chewing on your walls and eating your food, mice tend to live between your walls that house your wiring. They will chew on the wires, causing electrical damage. If the wires become bare and the damage becomes too severe, the chance of an electrical fire increases drastically. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, over 25% of house fires are deemed to be started due to "unknown causes," leaving the investigators to believe the inferno was rodent related.

Your Trusted Pest Control Partner

At Accel Pest & Termite Control, we have a team of experienced and certified pest control professionals dedicated to providing our customers with the best service possible. If you notice unwanted guests in your home, give us a call! (757) 384-1302

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