An infestation of mice in your Monmouth County NJ garage this winter could place you at risk of contracting potentially the deadly hantavirus next spring. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a rare but often fatal respiratory disease that can be contracted by breathing dust that contains decayed mouse feces. The virus is carried in the saliva, feces and urine of white-footed deer mice which frequently invade Monmouth and Ocean County homes and garages in search of food and shelter during the winter.
A single mouse deposits about 70 fecal pellets a day. Because mice typically live in communal groups, a small community of mice may be using your garage as a public restroom. Over the course of the winter, accumulating mouse feces dry out and turn to dust. When you sweep out your garage in the spring, that dust and the deadly virus it carries become airborne. With each breath, your risk of contracting hantavirus rises.
In 2012, U.S. health officials issued a worldwide alert after an outbreak of hantavirus at Yosemite National Park killed three people and sickened numerous others when deer mice built nests between the canvas walls of tent cabins rented to vacationers.
The white-footed deer mouse common to Monmouth County NJ is light brown to black and is distinguished by a white underbelly and its signature white feet. Typically living in outdoor burrows or wood piles, deer mice are common winter visitors to Monmouth County homes and garages and Ocean County vacation cabins.
Don’t place yourself at risk. At the first sign of mice, contact the experienced mice exterminators at Allison Pest Control for fast, effective service.
It might be surprising to learn that most mice enter structures between October and February. Like other creatures big and small, mice are hungry critters that are always on the hunt for a meal source. The cold NJ winter drives mice indoors as they seek warm shelter and an easy water source for survival. It is estimated that approximately 21 million homes in the US will encounter mice this winter!
How do mice come indoors?
Mice come indoors through small openings that lead from the exterior to the interior of a structure. Utility lines that are not secured with silicone caulking or steel wool are an open door for mice. Mice have nimble bodies which allow them to squeeze into spaces as small as a dime.
Where can mice be found?
Mice tend to make their nest close to where they are able to find food. Home and business owners are advised to store pantry food products in glass or plastic containers with tightly sealed lids as mice can easily chew through plastic wrapping and cardboard packaging. Mice have small stomachs with large appetites. These pests tend to feed about 15 to 20 times per day, most of the time, never being seen by humans.
Monmouth County NJ pest control experts warn that if you have one mouse in your home or business, there is a good chance that you have more mice, or will soon have more mice. The best way to eradicate mice and eliminate the pathogens that they spread is to hire a Monmouth County NJ pest control professional like Allison Pest Control.
If you’ve dealt with rodent problems before, you were probably lucky enough to get a reprieve over the spring and summer months. However, now that winter is just around the corner, and the temperatures are beginning to drop, don’t be surprised if those furry little fiends start to show their places around your nice, warm home once more. As your Monmouth County pest control professionals, we’ve seen it all before.
An Unwelcome Family
Did you know that if you see one mouse, there are usually many more to follow. They tend to bring their friends along once they find a suitable place for them to hide. They also multiply really fast. That means it isn’t long before you have an entire family camping out in your basement, your attic, or worse – your kitchen.
You’ve probably gone to the store once you were “fortunate” enough to see of one of these rodents to pick up mouse traps. While mouse traps can be effective, quite often they’re just not. Mice can easily manipulate traps to get the treat out of them, or they are often so quick the escape the trap the minute it goes off. Even if your trap does manage to tag one of them, he can make his way back into your wall, even if he’s injured. If he dies there, the smell will soon be unbearable.
When it comes to mice, it’s best to leave it to Monmouth County pest control specialists to rid you of the problem. Contact us today!
Animals that live outdoors instinctively know that in a short period of time, New Jersey weather will be downright freezing, report Monmouth County NJ exterminators. There are many different types of rodents and wild animals that are nimble enough to accidentally (or not so accidentally) find their way inside of a home. Squirrels, rats, mice, opossums, and raccoons are always surprising and unwelcome houseguests. Squeezing into the smallest of holes, cracks, and crevices, critters both big and small will find their way indoors through any breach in a building… some of which they help to exploit.
Rodents and other wild animals that find their way into the attic release a pheromone which notifies other critters where the good life is. Before long, there can be critters both big and small living together in a small space.
It is very easy for any type of rodent to fall from the beams and become stuck inside of the wall void. Smaller rodents may be heard squealing and scratching in their attempt to get out, while larger rodents may be heard trying to claw their way to freedom. Without human rescuing, these animals will surely perish which will create an unpleasant stench and will attract other unwanted creatures that are attracted to the decaying carcass.
A Monmouth County NJ exterminator like Allison Pest Control will be able to safely remove all types of rodents and wildlife from your home. Give us a call today.
Fall is the time of year when many types of outdoor animals begin to look for a warm place to bed down for the cold New Jersey winter months. Mice are one of the types of rodents that NJ homeowners must work to prevent entry into their home and work to rid their home of the pests if the critters happen to find their way inside.
How do mice come inside?
Mice will take advantage of any crack, crevice, breach in foundation, or holes that they encounter as they are scoping out a home. Their tiny structure and their ability to squeeze into spaces that are much smaller than their size makes entry easy even for a full-grown mouse. Mice will also squeeze under doors that are not properly sealed as well as windows that do not close properly. Another entry point for mice that is surprising to most people is through the sewer line. Sewer mice are able to climb up through the sewer pipes, through household plumbing and then into any home.
How do I keep mice out?
Homeowners should inspect their home for cracks or crevices as each season changes. Seal all cracks, crevices, and holes with cement or metal as mice can easily bite through other materials.
Mice can transmit dangerous diseases to humans so it is imperative to contact a Monmouth County NJ exterminator at the first sign of mice in your New Jersey home. The technicians at Allison Pest Control have the skills and training to fully eradicate home invading mice.