Colder Weather Brings Mice Inside, What You Should Know

Springfield, Mass. (WGGB) — Fall may be a beautiful time of year, but it’s also a time where some unwanted visitors are trying to get into your home.
Pests can pose some serious problems especially mice, and as the weather turns colder they look to get out of the elements and into a warm home.
Robert Russell with American Pest Solutions says, “We’re really on the edge of what I call the Fall migration period for mice they really have a difficult time in maintaining their body temperature so they’re looking for stable temperatures in the 70 degree range to winter over.”
Russell says if those unwanted visitors get in your home, they could pose problems to your health.
The deer mouse noted for its white underbelly is involved with 2 diseases that affect humans including Lyme disease and Hantavirus.
“People need to be aware that there are concerns we haven’t seen any Hantavirus in the northeast in many, many years but the Lyme disease vector is there and it’s been documented and that’s something people don’t think about,” explains Russell who adds, “Ticks on a mouse that get into the home and cause Lyme disease. I’m not in the woods and I get Lyme disease, that’s one of the ways people are getting it.”
Dr. Daniel Skiest is Chief of Infectious Diseases at Baystate Medical Center and he says just because you have a mouse in your house doesn’t mean you’ll get sick, but people should be careful.
“My first concern wouldn’t be that I would get a virus from the mouse because it’s still going to be uncommon but certainly they should call a pest control person and have them extract the mice from the home,” says Dr. Skiest.
If you do find mice in your house and you want to get rid of them there are a number of traps you can use. Perhaps the most popular and tried and true one is the old snap trap.
However, if you can’t bring the problem under control yourself, then you might want to call a professional.
And if you’re cleaning up mouse droppings be careful.
“When we do them we use a mixture of bleach and water and we mist the surface areas we’re going to clean and then we clean them up carefully, you don’t want to aerosolize those particles and get them up in the air for people to breathe and get them in their lungs,” notes Russell.
Besides the possible spread of disease, Russell warns that mice like to chew insulation off wires and that could cause an electrical fire.

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