What Every Baton Rouge Property Owner Needs To Know About Mouse Infestations

November 13, 2020

Whether you find rodents cute or find them terrifying, seeing mice running around your home or garage can be off-putting and shocking. The common house mouse is one of the most common home-invading pests, so this scenario is likely to happen at some point if you own property around Baton Rouge.

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If you have mice around your property, it is important to understand that they are not just harmless mammals. Mice and other rodents are dangerous and destructive. And they are hard to prevent and control.

The first step in handling a mouse infestation is to know what they look like including how to tell them apart from rats. Overall, mice are smaller and have rounder heads, bigger ears, and thinner, longer tails in proportion to their bodies. Their noses are more pointed than a rat’s, and they are a greyish brown color with cream-colored underbellies. Their eyes are black and beady.

Why Are Mice Considered Dangerous?

While some pests aren’t dangerous, house mice are able to cause many health and safety problems for you and others around you. They might be small, but just like other rodents, they are full of germs and diseases. There are many ways that mice can put you at risk because they cause the following health problems:

  • They spread illnesses including hantavirus and salmonella.
  • Their droppings, urine, and feces can cause allergic reactions or asthma attacks.
  • In some cases, their feces and urine can build up and cause respiratory issues.
  • They also contaminate any food that they touch.
  • Mice carry parasites such as fleas.
  • While not extremely common, mice will occasionally bite especially if they are handled.

Plus, mice can also cause some safety problems around your home as they constantly chew on things and can damage electrical wires, plumbing, drywall, furniture, and more.

Why Mice Are So Hard To Get Rid Of

Keeping mice away from your property is vital, but it’s not always easy to do. Mice are able to get through holes as small as a dime, and they can also hide in places you never see such as inside walls, under floors, and in attics. Once inside your home or business, mice are hard to remove. The main reason for this is that they can reproduce so quickly, but they are also good at hiding, making it difficult to eliminate an entire infestation.

The most common do-it-yourself method of mouse removal is using mouse traps. These traps might seem effective since they do catch some mice, but they almost never get the entire infestation. This means you'll keep dealing with mice over and over. Rodent bait can be even worse because it is dangerous to have around young children and pets.

How To Remove Mouse And Rodent Infestations

If you’ve noticed house mice or other rodents around your Baton Rouge property, you likely want to remove them as quickly as possible. Since mice are dangerous pests that can be difficult to eliminate with DIY methods, the best way to handle an infestation is to get help from the experts at River City Termite & Pest. We’ve been serving the Baton Rouge area for nearly 15 years, providing high-quality, affordable pest control. If you’d like to learn more about our rodent control options or get a free inspection, contact us online or by phone. 

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