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House Mice In Tucson: What You Should Know

January 15, 2022 - Mice

The only way having mice in your Tucson house might be a good thing is if you’re living in a fairytale. But are you living in a Disney or Pixar movie? Probably not, right? You’re dealing with real-life; bills, traffic, kids, and jobs. When you have so much already on your plate, the last thing you need to do is handle a mouse infestation.

Looking Out For The House Mouse

House mice are the most common rodents to infiltrate homes in the Tucson area, and Rigo Pest Prevention is ready to help. But how can you be sure you have a house mouse infestation? 

Keep on the lookout for rodents 2 ½ to 3 ¾ in length, dusty grey with a cream-colored belly and round shape. They have a pointed muzzle with large ears and small eyes. If you see one of these little guys, there are sure to be more.

Gnaw marks, rice-sized droppings, rub marks, an ammonia odor, and damaged food containers are all signs that you might have a mouse infestation. This is terrible news. You don’t want these mice in your home, so it’s time to call the pros.

The Mouse/Human Relationship

Humans mainly influence the house mouse habitat. They have been domesticated as pets, are the most common lab mouse, and are bred extensively in captivity. For this reason, mice aren’t particularly afraid of humans, and they have become very social animals.  Human dwellings provide them with food, warmth, and a quiet place to nest through the winter.

The Danger’s Of A Mouse Infestation

House mice are prolific breeders with a short gestation period and the ability to have 11 litters per year with as many as 14 pups per litter. This means there is never just one house mouse lurking; there is always more.

They can also pose a serious health threat because they carry diseases and contaminate food. Salmonella is spread through their droppings which can make humans incredibly ill after ingesting contaminated food. 

Microdroplets of mouse urine have been deemed the cause of allergies in children, and inhaling dust that contains dried mouse feces can cause extreme asthma flare-ups in both children and adults.

The house mouse will also bring fleas, mites, ticks, and lice into the Tucson, AZ home they infest. This causes a new infestation to begin, so you want to eliminate it quickly. 

How To Keep Mice Out Of Your Home?

Keep rodents out of your Tucson home and yard with the following prevention tips:

  • Remove yard debris from your property where rodents can nest or provide them with nesting materials.
  • Cut back shrubs and bushes from the sides of your house that rodents could use as camouflage.
  • Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
  • Remove bird feeders from your property.
  • Help keep rodents out of your home by regularly and carefully inspecting its siding, windows, doors, and foundation and sealing up any openings you discover.
  • Seal potential entry points with materials mice can’t chew through, like concrete, sheet metal, brinks, copper, steel wool, rocks, or glass. Remember, these pests can get through wood, plastic, vinyl, rubber, fiberglass, low gauge aluminum, foam, and wires.

Mice are tough to keep out of your house, especially when they can fit through a hole the size of a dime.

How Can You Get Rod Of A Mouse Infestation?

The best way to get rid of mice in your home is to call the residential pest control professionals at Rigo Pest Prevention. They have the experience you’re looking for.

Rigo Pest Prevention will inspect your home to confirm the presence of the rodents and what type they are. Knowing the type of rodent infestation will allow them to create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. They will provide rodent removal while also offering exclusion, cleaning, and disinfecting services.