The common mouse (mus musculus) is a small mammal of the family muridae. It is one of the most popular rodents in the world. It is native to Asia and lives close to human habitations. They are characterized by their pointed snout, little-rounded ears, and a long tail which can go the full length of its body. It is used quite popularly for laboratory experiments as models to medicine.
Despite originally being a wild animal, some species of mice have been domesticated as pets. As rodents, mice reproduce very quickly. A female mouse can produce about 8 litters a year with a litter having up to 6 mouse pups which makes them very dangerous as they could form a deadly colony in a short period of time.
EVIDENCE OF MICE INFESTATION
The first evidence is in mouse droppings. Small black seed like feces can be found littered around their habitat. Also, rats gnaw at a variety of things, they shave off woods and feed their way through debris as they create homes. Then there is the presence of burrows. Mice use these burrows as pathways to their homes and for protection from attack.
DISEASES CAUSED BY MICE INFESTATION
Mice spread viruses through feces and saliva. The Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is transmitted when victims inhale virus particles from mice droppings and can cause respiratory failure in humans and can lead to death if not treated. Also, the smell of feces can pollute the air and in extreme cases can lead to cases of asthma.
CONTROL OF HOUSE MICE
To prevent mice infestation, first, cleanliness must be maintained. Wash and properly cover all items used for food after use. Also, all holes in the ground should be sealed as they are usually starting spots for burrowing.
Second, once you notice signs of mice infestation, animal control should be called for cleaning up the premises. They’ll get rid of the rodents and disinfect the area to avoid the incidence of diseases.
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