51% of homeowners in the Midwest have experienced rodents in their homes. More than HALF! So, if YOU have never had a mouse or rat in or around your home, then your neighbor has. And this is a neighbor. But are mice really that bad? Read on to find out.

Are mice really that bad?

You might see one in a garage and be like “meh…that’s just one”. Well, guess what. Somewhere, there are six to twelve other mice within 20 feet of you. Don’t try to confuse anyone, but these are the facts. Mice are very social creatures. Comfort and survival in numbers is their philosophy. And the average litter of mice is 12 pups. Females can give birth continuously. Math is scary.

So, are mice really bad to have around?

We hear this all the time, so if you’re asking this question, you’re not alone! Rodents such as rats and mice are known to spread many diseases. Some of these diseases can be transmitted from rodents to humans through direct contact and through contact with large populations. Mice and rats spread bacteria, parasites such as ticks and mites, and a number of different viruses through their feces and urine. They can’t hold their bladders, so they always leave a scent trail when they walk or run. This tells other rodents that there is a route to potential food and nesting sites nearby.

Two examples of diseases transmitted by mice (the two most common):

Hantavirus is a group of viruses that can be carried in some rodents. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) can be contracted by any woman, man, or child who is around mice or rats that carry Hantavirus. The virus is mainly transmitted to humans through contact with faeces, fresh rodent urine, or nesting materials.

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM) is a viral infectious disease transmitted by rodents caused by lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus. Common house mice are the primary host, and it can be transmitted through exposure to fresh urine, feces, saliva, or nesting materials from infected rodents.

We wish you good health!

If you have a rodent situation in your home or business, please Contact us That way, we can help identify how they got in and root out the problem with you! We have an affordable program to help keep your home healthy all year round. It covers not only rodents, but dozens of common household insect pests.

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Common types of rodents

We wanted to tell you about the most common rodents we see in our area. If you want to dive deeper, more information and pictures are in our Pest Library. Our experts are also just a chat message or call or email away. And they are real people who work in our local family business and understand what you are going through.

House Mouse

House mice are small and thin, with large ears, small eyes, and pointed noses. Although house mice live outside in the wild and are a major food source for birds of prey, they often find their way inside the house because their small bodies can fit into tiny spaces. Mice are curious by nature. Using the detection of light, smell and air flow, they look for convenient corners for food and nesting. They will fit under your overhead garage door. Mice will crawl through gaps in window wells and basement windows. They also easily squeeze into spaces around utility pipes and wires. Mice save shredded insulation, paper, tissue for nesting materials. Birdseed, dog food, 7-year-old scraps under your stove… all of these will attract mice if not properly stored and cleaned.

Deer Mouse

Deer mice prefer open habitats such as leaf piles, logs, and bushes. Owls hunt deer mice. If you’ve ever had to cut an owl pellet in elementary school (or liked to do it for fun), you’ve definitely seen the bones of deer mice. Deer mice have a more rounded body shape. They are brown in color with white bellies and legs. This species is more commonly found in barns, barns, and generally more wooded or rural areas.


Mice, also known as grass mice or field mice, are plump furry rodents with small eyes and round ears. They can be gray or brown in appearance and have a round body with small legs and a short tail. Voles are very territorial and can damage crops, habitats and rural landscapes. They tend to leave footprints in the lawn, which is one of the ways our experts can distinguish moles of this species from other rodents. Voles are constantly taking bait. These and mice are dangerous to utility wires and are known to chew on them, especially in garages because they constantly chew on them.


Sparrowhawks are small and delicate in size with small eyes and pointed noses. Like voles, these rodents are very territorial. Naturally, they mostly live in rural or forested areas. Butterflies can live underground or even under snow during the winter. They may be small, but they have NO appetite. Butterflies are constantly eating. They constantly chew. These teeth need to be dropped or they will grow too big for their skulls!

The Norway Rat

As the world’s largest and most common residential rat, the Norway rat lives everywhere from urban areas to woodlands and farms. These rats can be gray, brown or black and have small eyes and ears with a tail as long as their body. Such rats develop due to human error.

What does this mean? These types of rats take full advantage where we lack in sanitation, structural health, and prevention practices. Rats are more common in cities because more people are concentrated in big cities. More dumps behind restaurants, alleyways, dog feces on public roads, sewers, underground railroads… Similarly, in agricultural settings such as horse stables, grain mills, and warehouses, rats will use animal feces, improperly stored feed, and grains such as corn or grain. . oats

To prevent a rat invasion, you need to think preventively. Seal gaps that are one-quarter or larger. Practice good sanitation and garbage disposal. Clean up after your dog has done his business. These are all good practices. But don’t forget. We are here to help.

We want people to live in healthy homes and environments. We are here to help you with any pest problem. Contact us to discuss your situation.

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