Think mice are just a winter problem? Think again. You turn on your air conditioner on one of the hottest days of the year, but nothing works. The HVAC company shows up, removes the access panel to check the circuitry and a mouse decided to make your A/C unit a nesting site. Damage from the nesting material and to the wires causes a nightmare for you and a rather large expense. Suddenly, a minor rodent problem has turned into a major household problem.
Damage & Diseases Caused by Mice
Even if they have not made it into your house, mice and rats can cause serious problems for you and your family. In addition to property damage, rodents carry a significant risk of disease. They urinate and defecate more than any other type of animal- up to 100 times per day, and they eat the droppings of other rodents. Since they can carry diseases and other pests, like salmonella, bubonic plague, tapeworms, Lyme disease, and hanta virus, their waste everywhere, even in outdoor areas, poses a health threat to your family.
Another problem with mice and rats is that if you see one, there are probably more. Rodents reproduce at astronomical rates. Female mice reach sexual maturity between 6 and 8 weeks, can have a litter every month, and can have 3 to 16 young per litter. Female rats can reach maturity between 4 to 5 weeks old, can have a litter every month, and have 2 to 33 young per litter. With numbers like these, it is easy to see how a small rodent problem can easily become an infestation.
A lot of people think mice and rats are fall and winter problems but they can be found outdoors years around. Call Viking Pest to schedule an appointment at (800) 618-BUGS or click the link below.