You’ve got mice, and they’re multiplying

Season: Year-round. Great.

Disease profile: Mice and their droppings can cause asthma and allergic rhinitis, and carry hantaviruses, salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis. Google at your own risk.

Appearance: A house mouse has large ears, small eyes, small feet, and leave small fecal pellets behind everywhere they go. It weighs a half ounce to an ounce, and is usually dark gray on the back and light gray on the belly, though other color variations are possible.

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Ask 603 Pest

“I found a lot of mouse droppings. Should I sweep them up?

First off, ew. Sorry you’re dealing with that. The best thing to do is have a trained pest control officer clean and sanitize the infected area. Old mice droppings have spores that can carry germs that cause respiratory illnesses or worse, diseases like hantavirus. We have specialized equipment precisely for this type of cleanup.

“Can’t I just get a cat?”

While cats are good mousers, mice are trickier. When your house cat kills a mouse, it’s probably taken out one of the older, slower, sicker mice in the brood. So that momentary satisfaction of having one less mouse to deal with is quickly overshadowed by knowing you’re helping the faster, healthier house mouse pass on his prowess to the next generation. Womp, womp.

Stop mice from invading your home.