"Mice" - Do you hear noises in your attic, wall, chimney or crawl space?

September 18, 2010

Mice will most commonly enter the attic, walls or crawlspace in the fall because there is a scarcity of seeds and plants outside. Mice are mostly nocturnal, they usually start to become active around dusk, foraging for food and water.

House mice, deer mice and white-footed mice are primary carriers of leptospirosis, salmonella, Mousebite fever, ricketsiallpox, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, tapeworms, ringworms and hantavirus.

House Mouse - The house mouse (Mus musculus) is considered one of the most troublesome and economically important pests in the United States. House mice live and thrive under a variety of conditions in and around homes and farms. House mice consume food meant for humans or pets. They contaminate food-preparation surfaces with their feces, which can contain the bacterium that causes food poisoning (salmonellosis). Their constant gnawing causes damage to structures and property.

Recognizing Mouse Infestations

Droppings, fresh gnawing and tracks indicate areas where mice are active. Mouse nests, made from fine shredded paper or other fibrous material, are  often found in sheltered locations. House mice have a characteristic musky odor that identifies their presence.

Mice are occasionally seen during daylight hours.

 

Cleaning up mouse droppings, urine and nesting material is crucial in the mouse-prevention or elimination process.


Humans become infected with Leptospirosis when they have contact with water, food or soil containing urine from an infected mouse. The disease starts out with flu-like symptoms which can develop into liver failure or meningitis.

Mice carry the bacteria Salmonella. People who pick up salmonella bacteria can become seriously ill with diarrhea, vomiting, fever and chills.

Humans may contract Mousebite fever from a mouse bite, hence, the disease’s name. Humans can also get Mousebite fever by coming into contact with mouse urine and nose, mouth and eye secretions of a sick mouse. Rash, flu-like symptoms and heart illnesses can all be symptoms of Mousebite fever.

Ricketsiallpox is characterized by a rash at the site of a mite bite. Mice carry a colorless mite, which can be transferred to humans and bite them. After the rash appears, humans can also get fever, chills and headaches.

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis is a virus that can infect humans. It can lead to Inflammation of the brain and is dangerous to pregnant women, and can cause abortion and retardation of the fetus.

Tapeworms and ringworms are parasites of the digestive system that live in human intestines.

Hantavirus is a deadly disease transmitted through mouse excretions. Humans can get it by breathing in the airborne virus. Hantavirus can cause fever, muscle aches, cough and repertory failure and, potentially, death.


Important information about Mice.

Mice are only pregnant for about three weeks, and then they have a litter of five to six babies. The hairless babies will be independent in about a month. The average mouse female has five to ten litters a year. Can see how one or two mice in the attic or walls can become 20 in no time?

Mice only need ¼-inch hole to access your home. They can squeeze their heads through small spaces like fireplaces, chimney flues, roof vents, loose siding, garage doors and soffit gaps. They can gnaw into a roof’s overhangs, shingles, gable and soffit areas and where two roofs meet, or simply anywhere they sense a void. Mice can even get into the attic through crevices in the chimney, through loose brick, stucco gaps, and at points where water lines and wires enter the home.

YES.  Mice in your attic, kitchen, pantry, storage room, walls or crawl space can pose a danger to house pets. Mice may also bite your dog or cat and transmit any of the diseases listed on the next page.

We understand the desire to take care of a mouse problem yourself. It may be tempting to take matters into your own hands, but in the long run, you could put yourself, your family and your home at risk of damage, distress and disease.

Using store-bought mouse traps or poison is not a good option to get rid of mice. Mice have a keen sense of direction, and they memorize their pathways to food and water. They also have an amazing sense of taste. They can sniff out contaminants and poison with no problem, and may become bait-shy to certain types of kill baits or poisons.

 

Our  well trained Professional @ ENVIRO-PRO will use single-dose poisons so the mice don’t become bait shy. A homeowner may successfully trap and kill an adult mouse, only to smell the nasty odor of baby mouse carcasses rotting in the attic or walls. It can take between four to seven weeks, depending on the size, for a mouse body to decompose, and even longer for the odor to dissipate. Along with dead mice come maggots and other bugs, including fly larvae.

Do remember that mice are wild and unpredictable. Although our technicians are experienced, a particular mouse situation may require that we return more than once to get the job done right and prevent mice from entering your home or business in the future. Incremental pricing will apply for our professional elimination service and all other mouse solutions (e.g. Mouse Proofing: Involves Sealing up any opening larger than 1/4”) are customized to your needs and are therefore priced accordingly.

Our Technician will however consult with you and explain what necessary course of action needs to be. Recommendations are based on each specific situation.

You will always know what the COST would be before our technicians ever treat.

Services will be performed by a state certified technician every time, every service.

 

All methods are EPA approved.
We Guarantee “Results”.

 

Asian Beetles a/k/a Ladybugs

September 17, 2010

Description
The multicolored Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis, a native of Asia was introduced into the southeastern and southwestern portions of USA to deal with aphids on pecan trees. However, it spread rapidly to other portions of the US. During the fall and early winter when the weather is cooler, the multicolored Asian lady beetle starts congregating on the south side of buildings and enter homes. The beetle does this because in their homeland of China they inhabit tall cliffs to ove...


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Fall is Box Elder Bug and Ladybug Season

September 17, 2010

BOX ELDER BUG : Rhopalidae,Leptocoris trivittatus

SIZE: About 1/2 inch (12.7mm)COLOR: Black with red lines

DESCRIPTION: Black with three red lines on the thorax, a red line along each side, and a red line on each wing. The young nymphs are red and gray.

HABITAT: Box elder bugs normally feed on the leaves, flowers, and seed pods of the box elder tree or silver maple. Large numbers of box elder bugs a...


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