You may be surprised to find out that field mice are a small yet formidable pest. While having a mouse in the home is a general annoyance, it may also pose serious risks to your health. These small rodents may bring dangerous diseases such as salmonellosis into your home with contaminated feces, or through eating your food.
If you notice a field mouse, or evidence of one living in or around your Virginia Beach home, call Mosquito Elite Pest Control for a free estimate. We treat our customers like family, and make home safer for you and your loved ones.
Identifying Field Mice & Their Telltale Signs
Field mice prefer to live outside, but will find their way into underutilized areas such as sheds, garages, and attics in order to nest. Field mice are small, brown rodents with cream bellies, 2 1/2 to 3 3/4 inches long. They can squeeze their body down to fit through a space as small as a dime, making it critical homeowners take active caution in arming their home and yard against nesting field mice.
Field mice nest in underutilized, often hidden areas. They pad their nest with paper-like products such as cotton, packing materials, or insulation. Having mice on your property so often requires professional help due to their quick breeding and ability to adapt quickly. Female mice may produce up to six young every three weeks, and up to 35 per year.
Dangers Field Mice Bring To Your Virginia Beach Property
In line with others in the rodent family, field mice often carry dangerous diseases they may pass to humans through contaminating food or through their feces. Field mice you find around your home may transmit leptospirosis, tularemia, and salmonellosis. Because they are coming in from the outdoors and live in grasses, it is also possible mice may bring fleas or ticks inside your family home, which bring a multitude of other diseases as well. Because these pests often make their way into your home to nest, mice typically bring structural damage and even possible fire hazards if chewing through electrical wires.
Signs of a field mouse living in or around your property may include spotting feces, torn food containers, gnaw marks, damaged products, burrows, or tracks. If you suspect you are cohabitating with a nesting field mouse, contact Mosquito Elite Pest Control for professional help in safely ridding your home of the rodent. When there are such serious concerns on the line, it is always better safe than sorry.
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Virginia Beach Neighbors: Follow These Simple Field Mouse Prevention Tips
Whether you have reason to believe you may already have a mouse in your home or not, it is always smart to practice prevention tips in keeping your home safe against future infestations. Mosquito Elite recommends that homeowners:
Inspect the exterior of the home, garage, or shed for potential points of entry. Seal any gaps or holes with a silicone-based caulk or stuff with steel wool. Field mice are excellent climbers, so make sure you inspect high points around the home for vulnerabilities as well.
Clear any clutter or boxes around the house or storage areas, where field mice may take shelter out of sight.
Properly secure food and trash around your property, and clean up any food scraps promptly.
Store food in tightly sealed metal or glass containers.
If you notice signs or an active rodent in or around your home, call professional help to construct an appropriate plan to rid your home of rodents.
We Treat Our Customers Like Family!
Mosquito Elite Pest Control is a family-operated business that has been keeping Virginia Beach homes safe from pests of all kinds for over 20 years. Field mice bring dangers of many types in the home, and are best dealt with promptly and effectively. Our technicians create a plan specific to your pest concern, leaving your property happier and healthier in no time. Mosquito Elite Pest Control offers a free estimate to those in the surrounding Virginia Beach area. You can’t afford not to call!