Mice breed all year round and will have 5 to 10 litters with 5 to 10 babies per. They reach sexual maturity at 4 weeks old. This means that 6 pregnant mice can turn into 60 mice in just 3 months. That is why infestations occur so fast and take longer to get rid of. The life span of a mouse is about 1 year.
Diseases Mice Can Carry
- Salmonella is food poisoning from rodent feces contaminating food.
- Dermatitis is a skin irritation from mites living in rodent nests.
- Tapeworm is also from rodent feces contaminating food.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a severe sometimes fatal, respiratory diseases in humans with hantavirus. The host of the virus is deer mice, which are present throughout western , central Canada and US. The virus is spread through urine, feces, saliva and people can get it by touching their nose and mouth. Symptoms may develop 1 to 8 weeks after exposure, similar to the flu.
Keep all food stored in glass or plastic containers and off the floor. Make sure dog and cat food are stored in a container overnight. Trim all tree branches 6 feet from the roof of the house. Also make sure all dense grass and weeds are cut 18 inches away from the exterior walls of the house. Make sure all necessary steps are done before cleaning any contaminated areas. You should always contact a Pest Control company before trying to control and clean contaminated areas yourself.