How to remove mice effectively and safely

Mice breeding is one of the biggest concerns for home and business owners, especially in the tourism industry, where rodents can become a source of lost customers and penalties.

In this article, we share valuable information to prevent an infestation, including important facts about:

  • What are mouse nests like?
  • What diseases do mice bring?
  • How to get rid of mice effectively

Characteristics of the mice

One of the main obstacles in dealing with a rodent infestation is their reproductive cycle.

Mice live, on average, 1 to 2 years, but start reproducing at 2 to 4 months of age and, in many cases, do not stop until 18 months. This makes up for a short lifespan with the ability to multiply rapidly ; the house mouse, for example, has 5 to 8 births each year, with about 6-12 pups per birth.

If we add to this the ability of mice to adapt to any type of food , it is understood that a rodent infestation can be difficult to manage without the necessary knowledge and equipment.

Although mice do not have a highly developed sense of sight, they are good at sniffing, listening and searching. This allows them to access water sources in homes, businesses and hotels, and locate remains of fruits, vegetables, meats and other waste that allow them to survive.

Mice are almost never seen, because they are nocturnal, but there are common signs of their presence:

  • Faeces
  • Urine
  • Footprints
  • Gnawing (small bites)
  • Burrows in walls or cracks
  • Nests or hiding places with food scraps

What diseases do mice carry?

The list, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, includes:

  • hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome
  • lassa fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • lymphocytic choriomeningitis
  • Omsk hemorrhagic fever
  • Rat bite fever (Sodoku)
  • South American arenavirus
  • tularemia

The risk of  salmonellosis  due to food contamination cannot be forgotten either . Mice are specialists in this, since they do not choose a specific site to defecate or urinate, like other species.