Are Mice Dangerous To Have Living Inside Your Council Bluffs Home?

House mouse standing inside a pantry.

One thing no one wants in their home is an intruder. We do not want to encounter a burglar or an unwanted guest in our homes. To prevent an intrusion, we lock our doors at night, have video surveillance, and take other security measures to protect us from intruders. However, one intruder that gets into our homes despite locked doors and surveillance equipment is mice. Although they are cute and furry, we do not want to share our space with rodents.

If mice are inside your house, you need help from the Council Bluffs pest control experts at Beeline Pest Control. Our reliable, locally-owned company has removed mice from homes since 2009, and we can get rid of rodent intruders in your home. Continue reading to learn more about these elusive rodents.

Signs Of Mice In Your Council Bluffs Home

The fact that the "Twas the night before Christmas" mice were not stirring at night is unusual because mice are active at night. Since they forage while you sleep, you may not see a live mouse, but that doesn't mean they don't leave behind signs! Here are some indications that you have mice in your Council Bluffs home:

  • Droppings: Mice deposit pointed pellets as they move across surfaces.
  • Marks: Mice need to chew constantly, and they will gnaw on almost anything. 
  • Tracks: Mice leave footprints as they travel over dusty surfaces.
  • Trails: Once mice have found a path to a food source, they will continue to use the same runway.
  • Spots: Mice have dirty, greasy fur that leaves smudge marks on walls and corners. 
  • Stains: Mice stain walls, objects, and floors with urine.
  • Odor: The urine of mice has a musty smell.
  • Nest: Mice create homes out of insulation and shredded paper in areas near food sources. 

If you see these signs of mice, take action and have Beeline Pest Control remove the rodents from your Council Bluffs home. 

Can Mice In Your House Be Dangerous?

Mice are detrimental to house occupants because of the infections they spread. Some diseases mice carry on their greasy fur include hantavirus, leptospirosis, tularemia, salmonellosis, and adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). 

In addition to the bacteria, viruses, and parasites hitchhiking on their coat, fleas, ticks, mites, and lice also ride on mice. When a mouse enters a home, the fleas and other insects jump off and attach to the nearest host. If the insects are infected, they can pass diseases to the host. 

Mice not only spread disease from hitchhiking bacteria and insects but also contaminate surfaces with their urine, saliva, and feces. The feces not only pollute areas, but when it dries, it becomes airborne and may cause allergic reactions in children. 

The Safest Way To Get Rid Of Mice Inside Your Home

The best way to get rid of mice in your Council Bluffs homes is to use Beeline Pest Control. Our licensed, bonded, insured pest control technicians will inspect your property to determine mice entry points, attractions, and nesting locations. Next, we will apply a repellant around the home's exterior in conjunction with interior bait stations. 

Natural Mouse Prevention Tips For Council Bluffs Homes

After we have successfully cleared the mice from your Council Bluffs home, implement the following to prevent a future infestation: 

  • Seal foundation and roofline cracks.
  • Close gaps between incoming pipes and wires and the foundation. 
  • Keep outside garbage cans closed and elevated.
  • Remove pet feces from the yard.
  • Provide proper drainage to ditches, puddles, and downspouts.
  • Trim trees and shrubs away from the house.
  • Store all food and pet food in airtight containers.
  • Sweep the house regularly. 
  • Clean the eating and meal preparation surfaces after each meal.

Maintaining a clean and dry environment inside and outside your Council Bluffs home will discourage mice from returning. Contact us, and we will remove the mice from your home so you can relax and no longer fear the late-night intruders.

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