The house mouse is one of the most commonly encountered and economically important of the commensal (living alongside humans) rodents. House mice are a significant problem because they damage and destroy materials, eat and contaminate food, and are vectors for a variety of diseases. In a 6 month period, a pair of mice will eat about 4 pounds of food, produce about 18,000 droppings, and void about 12 oz of urine. Unfortunately, mice are communal creatures, and one breeding pair can produce around 30-40 reproducing females per year!
Another common, and even more significant mouse species, is the Deer mouse. Deer mice look similar to house mice, with one important exception–Deer mice have a white “stripe”, or coloration on the underside of their tail. Deer mice are vectors for Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). When an accumulation of mouse droppings become dry and are swept up, microscopic particles of feces carrying Hantavirus can become airborne. If inhaled, a person can contract the virus, which causes severe inflammation of the lungs and can lead to death. If you suspect you have a mouse issue, give us a call so a licensed and trained Natura rodent specialist can begin treatment immediately!