I think it would be safe to assume that everyone has experienced a mouse in their house at some point, right? It is a little creepy, but like most people you probably shrugged it off thinking it was no big deal. Maybe the cat brought it in, maybe you left a door open or maybe the poor thing is just lost. All of those could be possibilities, but what is more likely is that you have a rodent problem and you should not ignore it.
Now, some of the things I am about to say might leave you shaking your head and thinking, “yeah right”, but these are all scenarios that have actually played out for customers of ours in the Portland Metro area. So, here we go:
First of all, if you are seeing one mouse (or mice droppings), there are probably many more close by. Think about it this way, a mouse is looking for a safe place to have babies and they find that safe place underneath your house. A female mouse can have up to 72 babies a year and once they get settled, they get started. The babies (called pups or “pinkies”) grow up and can start having babies within just 6 weeks. As the population starts to grow through reproduction, a scent starts to build up that will attract other mice to make your house their home. The whole time that this is happening you may never see a single mouse, but your crawl space is getting more and more contaminated as each day passes. If it gets bad enough, it might become necessary to have a crawl space restoration (which can be costly).
Okay, so this is rare and I have never encountered a customer that has contracted a disease from a rodent, but there have been reports of this happening in the Portland area, so I will mention it here. According to the Center For Disease Control, there are approximately 35 diseases that can be transmitted by rodents. Although this is unlikely to happen, it is still a concern. Rodents are nasty little things, aren’t they?
Believe it or not, it is not just your pets that can bring in the fleas. Rodents have fleas too and can bring them into your home via the crawlspace. If you have your pets treated for fleas, but still have them in your house, this might be worth considering.
Fire and Flood
You might find this one a little far fetched, but it actually happens. A coworker of mine once had a major house fire due to bad wiring and they have speculated that this could have been due to mice chewing on wires in their attic. Rodent chewing is a problem because their teeth never stop growing and they have to chew to file them down. The problem is that you never know what they are going to be chewing on. This can be a case of wrong place at the wrong time and in the worst case scenario can result in a fire. As far as flooding, I can think of about a dozen times where a rodent chewed through the thin water pipe that runs to your dishwasher. The next time the dishwasher is turned on, water goes everywhere!
Their is a very self serving point that I am trying to make here. If you have rodents in your home, it is better to take care of them quickly and not let them get out of hand and we can help you with that. Please click on our rodent treatment coupon if you would like us to help you make your home rodent-free!