Most people consider mice to be less harmful than rats when it comes to rodents. But that is not necessarily true.
It’s important to understand the risks they pose and how to proof your home to help keep them out.
Mice can cause damage in various ways.
Mice may chew through carpets, upholstery, and insulation. These pests gnaw through almost anything they can get their teeth into, including the structural materials in your home, which you may find compromises the structural integrity of the building.
If they don’t make it through to the other side, the damage they cause will affect the strength of your house. Your property might be damaged or even burnt by this.
Their teeth are maintained by this chronic process of chewing and gnawing that they’re so fond of, they are not doing it because they are hungry.
In this way, they gnaw on anything that serves their needs – wood fixtures, furniture, chipboard, and electrical wires. As a result, your home is at serious risk of fires.
Contamination in foods
When it’s dark, and you are away from your kitchen, mice will raid your pantry to find food. They may make surfaces contaminated with droppings and urine as they search for and feast on your food.
They can bring in other pests with them
Your home can become infested with other pests if mice are present. You may find mice bringing extra unwanted pests inside your home when they enter as they may be carrying mites, lice, ticks, and fleas.
Furthermore, mice can cause holes through their gnawing that can be an entry point for other pests, such as cockroaches.
Risks to your health
Mouse and rat parasites, and their association with asthma and allergic reactions, are common in rodents. They have been reported to spread Leptospirosis, Salmonella, and Lyme Disease.
Prevention is better than cure
When it comes to mice, prevention is always better than cure. A mouse infestation and repairing the damage caused is much more expensive and difficult to solve if you prevent them from entering your home in the first place.