Mice tend to have a better reputation than rats when it comes to rodents, with many considering them to be harmless.
But with more mice than ever taking shelter in Glasgow homes this winter, it’s worth understanding the risks they pose and the benefits of proofing to prevent them from gaining access to your home.
Mice are as much of a pest as rats and if you don’t already know this, here are some examples of the problems mice can cause, which explains why pest control in Glasgow is still in high demand.
They can chew through structural materials
Mice may chew through carpeting, upholstering, and insulation. In fact, they will chew through just about anything including the structural materials of your home, which may cause compromise the structural integrity of the building.
They can even chew through concrete, and even if they don’t make it all the way through, the damage the cause can impact the strength of your property.
The may cause fire or damage to your property
Again, this comes down to the gnawing and chewing that they are so fond of. It’s not even because they are hungry, it’s a habitual process they carry out to maintain their teeth.
So they will gnaw on anything that does the job – wood fixtures, furniture, chipboard, as well as wiring/cabling. This is what causes a serious risk of fire in your home.
Mice will raid your kitchen to find food and they’ll do this at night when you’re not there to catch them. In the process of searching for and feasting on your food they may contaminate surfaces with their droppings and urine.
They can carry other pests into your home
When mice enter your home they may be carrying some extra unwanted pests that hitched a free ride. Mites, lice, ticks, and fleas may be brought into your home on the backs of mice.
As well as this, the holes that mice cause from their gnawing may provide an entrance or perfect hideout for other pests like cockroaches.
Common rodents like mice and rats may carry parasites, and are also strongly linked to allergic reactions and asthma. They are known to be implicated in the spread of diseases such as Leptospirosis, Salmonella and Lyme disease
How the professionals can help
Prevention is always better than cure, as this is especially the case with mice. Stopping them from gaining entry to your home is much easier and cheaper than dealing with a mouse infestation and fixing the damage caused.