guest post by Patty Pierleonardi
Mickey Mouse has been a household name since 1928 when Walt Disney created this official mascot of the Walt Disney Company.
Speedy Gonzales is the Looney Tunes “fastest mouse in all of Mexico”, with his oversized sombrero and his exaggerated Mexican accent.
Stuart Little is the adventurous talking mouse, born to human parents in New York City, written by E.B. White in 1945.
The Steven Spielberg’s animated television series, Fievel’s American Tail, is about a family of Jewish-Russian mice who emigrate to the Wild West. The adorable Fievel Mousekewitz, steals the hearts of every viewer.
What do all of the above mentioned characters have in common? Yes, they are all mice and they are all depicted as cute and cuddly creatures that every little girl and boy want to have as their own.
Unfortunately, Disney World and the movies do not show the realistic side of mice, the harm that can come from their presence in your home, the health risks to humans and the destruction of crops and farms they can create.
Here are a few “eye opening” facts about the common House Mouse:
-House mice enter homes between October and February, looking for food, water and shelter from the cold.
-House mice eat between 15-20 times a day, not just cheese!
-House mice are good jumpers, climbers and swimmers. They can jump a foot into the air, allowing them to easily climb on kitchen counters. They are tiny Olympians!
-House mice can squeeze through openings as small as a dime.
-House mice have many predators so their life span is only about 5 months. Just ask Tom and Jerry!
-House mice can carry 200 human pathogens, including the Hantavirus and Salmonella. If that isn’t disgusting enough, each house mouse produces 40-100 droppings a day! They also leave micro-droppings of urine as they walk around your house. The good news is that they do not vomit!
-A female house mouse can produce up to a dozen babies every three weeks. This adds up to 150 babies a year!
So, if you spot a mouse in your house, it is probably safe to say there are others, or will be others soon. Octomom has nothing on a female mouse!
House mice can put your home at risk for electrical fires by gnawing through wires. Their small sharp teeth can leave gnaw marks on corners of objects they frequently travel along. They tend to build nests in soft material, such as insulation, pillow pets, stuffed animals and a snuggie here and there!
They are most active in the evenings and can be heard gnawing and scratching within walls. If you have an infestation, you can smell the urine, a distinct odor of a large rodent population. Purchase a black light and your world will never be the same!
To help control a mouse infestation, seal all cracks and crevices with caulking or steel wool. Store food in glass or metal containers with lids and clean countertops and floors immediately, since mice acquire most of their food from particles left on the floor and tabletops.
So, what we have learned is that the cartoon mice that we all love and know are not related to the real House Mouse at all. Mickey and Minnie have never had babies, I’ve never seen Speedy Gonzales urinate as he runs, and Stuart Little did not start an electrical fire at his parents New York City home by chewing the wires.
As the temperature drops, remember the saying “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”, DON’T BELIEVE IT! Call PMSI at 703-723-2899 or visit our website at www.mypmsi.com to rid your home of the House Mouse so you can enjoy your cartoon favorites without experiencing the real thing!
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