The common house mouse, as you can probably imagine, is the most common mouse that enters homes in the Dallas area. This is an appropriate name for this little rodent because once a house mouse gets into your home, it won't want to live anywhere else. Do you have a housecoat? This is a robe worn by a woman or a man that is used in the house. Most people don't wear their housecoats outside of the house. It is appropriate inside your house. It is appropriate for a house mouse to remain inside your home, rather than outside. Today, we're going to talk about why these common mice live in our homes with us and what it means when you see one running around.
Why Is It Important To Know Why House Mice Want To Live With You?
The reasons a house mouse prefers to live with you rather than out in the wild is connected to the question presented in the title. Does one mouse in your home mean you have an infestation? Yes. A thousand times yes! There are two reasons for our emphatic answer. Let's break them down.
Your Home Is Perfect For Mice
If you see a mouse in your home, it is doubtful that you only have one mouse. If that one mouse can get in, others can get in. And once mice get into your home, especially house mice, they won't want to leave.
Your home offers a mouse the following:
Food: It is a lot easier for a mouse to chew its way into a container made of paper, cardboard, or plastic and nibble on the foods inside than it is to hunt for food outside. As soon as a house mouse gets a taste of the easy life, it won't want to go anywhere. If this isn't enough, mice can find dead bugs aplenty within your wall and ceiling voids. There are a surprising number of ways a mouse can get a meal inside your home.
Safety: Even if you have cats, your home is 1,000 percent safer than the outside world. Okay. 1,000 percent isn't actually a valid percentage, but you get the point. There are so many predators that want to eat a little mouse. It is an animal-eat-mouse world out there. A house mouse feels safe when it is in a confined space with protection all around. Your wall voids fit this criteria in every way. So even if your home doesn't have a shred of food and not a drop of water, a house mouse will want to stay inside as much as possible.
You're Not Likely To Ever See A Mouse
Perhaps the most important reason one mouse is a good indication of an infestation is the fact that mice don't like to be seen. They are extremely timid creatures. If you see a mouse, there is a good chance your home is filled with mice. It is usually only when food resources are low and a mouse population is high that mice will become bold enough to get caught searching for food.
One Mouse In Your Home Means Something Else
If you see one mouse in your home, it means you have an infestation. But it also means you have a serious threat to your health and property. It is startling how many ways a mouse can cause harm.
Mice chew holes in your exterior, this can let rainwater into the walls of your home.
Mice chew holes on interior building materials.
Mice tear up insulation and chew tunnels in foam insulation.
Mice chew holes in stored furniture.
Mice chew holes in stored boxes.
Mice leave urine and feces everywhere they go. This can damage your items and cause contamination.
Mice shed their hair in food items. This causes contamination because mice get into bacteria-laden areas and sleep in their own waste.
Mice spread fleas, ticks, and other parasites.
Mice chew on wires.
What To Do About Mice In Dallas
If you see a mouse in your Dallas home (or long before you see a mouse) contact All-Safe Pest & Termite for professional rodent control. We eliminate mouse infestations and prevent infestations from taking root. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a service visit. It is never a good idea to let mice live with you. They are anything but harmless.