Mice and their Control

House mouse against a white background.

There are many species of mice, but the one that most often infests homes and other buildings in Dayton and the Miami Valley is known simply as the house mouse.

House mice are small rodents that can range in color from white to black, but most are brown or gray with white underbellies. They got their name because, over time, they have adapted to living in close association with humans -- right in our houses, in fact. (Most other mice are woodland animals that only infrequently get into houses.) It's this up-close and personal habit of house mice that make them much more dangerous pests than one might think based on their tiny size.

In fact, a house mouse's small size is one of the reasons that it's a serious disease vector. Unlike rats, whose larger size and naturally cautious personalities cause them to keep their distance from humans, mice get much closer to where we live and to the food we eat. They come into the living areas of our homes, eat the food stored in our pantries, and walk across our dinnerware and cooking utensils -- spreading disease-causing pathogens all along the way.

Like their larger cousins the rats, mice can also cause damage to our homes and properties. Like all rodents, they're compulsive gnawers, and they often gnaw away on property that we have stored in the areas where they live. Sometimes they gnaw to gather nesting materials, sometimes they gnaw to enlarge cracks and other openings so they can fit through them more easily, and sometimes they gnaw for the sheer joy of gnawing.

This gnawing can also cause fires or communications problems when mice gnaw through the insulation on electrical wiring. Countless fires and communications outages are caused by mouse gnawing every year. In fact, at computer data centers, mouse sightings are treated as emergencies. A single mouse gnawing on network cables can cause network outages that affect users and businesses throughout the world.

Mice and Disease

Wires damaged by rat gnawing, causing a fire hazard

Mice have been confirmed to be associated with the transmission of many serious diseases including Lyme disease, hantavirus, salmonella, dysentery, murine typhus, rickettsial pox, and many others.

Mice contaminate food with their urine, droppings, and shed hairs. In fact, they contaminate a great deal more food than they eat because they're nibblers by nature. They eat a little bit at a time as they go about their business. So it's not unusual for mice to nibble into several boxes of the same kind of food, contaminating them all in the process, but only eating tiny amounts from each box.

To make matters worse, mice aren't very fastidious about toilet habits. They just poop and pee wherever they happen to be, contaminating every place they travel with their urine, droppings, and associated pathogens. If you see mouse droppings in your silverware drawer, for example, you just just assume that every utensil in the draw is contaminated with germs, and wash them all in detergent and hot water.

Long-Lasting Mouse Control

At Dayton Pest Control, we believe that exclusion ("mouse-proofing") is the foundation of an effective, long-lasting mouse control program. We do our best to seal mice out of your home, but especially to seal them out of the kitchen and other living areas. Because mice are very small and can squeeze through cracks as narrow as 1/4 inch, this can be quite a difficult job. But it pays off in long-term effectiveness with little or no reliance of pesticides.

For more information about mouse control or any of our pest control services, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Jarrod's Corner

The Dayton area just ranked #34 in the nation for bed bugs. If you need help, call today for a free estimate. Here is a picture from a heat treatment today in Huber Heights. 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Nov 02, 2018 11:12:28 am.

Here are some impressive mud tubes found at a home in Englewood. We treated this home with a combo chemical/bait treatment. 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Oct 03, 2018 09:12:44 pm.

Check out today’s latest post from a termite treatment in Springfield!

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Sep 20, 2018 08:58:53 pm.

We service the entire Miami Valley for all your pest control needs. Today, we were in Springfield helping a customer with bed bugs. 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Sep 05, 2018 10:07:21 am.

Check out this video from a bed bug heat treatment done near downtown Dayton today. 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Aug 29, 2018 11:08:23 am.

I’m often asked by my customers if our vehicles will have a big bug on the side of it when we arrive for a service call. This question always comes up when we are called for a bed bug problem. Take a look at the following link ...

 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Aug 24, 2018 03:24:44 pm.

Bee and hornet season is here. Unsure what a hornets nest looks like?  Follow this link to see...

 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Aug 18, 2018 08:49:10 am.

Here are a few pics from heat treatment performed in Kettering today. 

 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Aug 13, 2018 11:36:18 am.

Flea season is in full swing. Are these bloodsuckers invading your home?

 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Aug 09, 2018 04:16:43 pm.

Here is a photo from another heat treatment performed near downtown Dayton today. 

 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Aug 08, 2018 10:28:56 am.

Here is a handy reference guide put out by OSU’s entomology department. If you think you have bed bugs or aren’t quite sure what one looks like, here a good place to start!

 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Aug 07, 2018 10:28:18 pm.

Termites are still busy during this hot summer. Did you know this insect never sleeps?  They are working 24/7 looking for food (i.e. your house)!

 

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--Posted by Jarrod Kelley on
Jul 26, 2018 02:58:09 pm.

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