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Damage Mice Cause in Woodland Hills Homes

For many homeowners, the mere thought of mice scurrying within the confines of their beloved residence sends a shiver down the spine. 

These tiny creatures are not just a minor annoyance; they pose a significant threat to the occupants’ health and the homes’ structural integrity. Mice and rats can spread diseases, and damage personal belongings, and even the very foundations of a house. 

With such severe implications, it’s crucial to recognize the real threat that mice bring and the importance of taking timely action against these pests.

It is critical to be aware of the damage mice cause in homes, so you can set up a plan for deterring these pests.

Damages That Mice Can Cause in Your Home

With their elegant bodies and constant need to chew, mice can wreak havoc in several ways. Here’s a closer look:

Fire Hazard

One might not immediately link mice with house fires, but the connection is all too real. Shockingly, approximately 25% of house fires attributed to “unknown causes” are often instigated by mice or rats. The primary culprit? Their constant need to chew, which includes electrical wiring. 

Once damaged, these wires can spark or overheat, leading to potential fire hazards. Thus, a rodent infestation is not just a nuisance; it’s a looming danger.

Health Issues

Mice and rats are known vectors for various diseases. Direct contact with their blood, feces, urine, or saliva can be harmful. But it doesn’t end there. These rodents often carry other pests like ticks and lice, acting as secondary carriers for even more diseases.

While direct contact with rodents might be rare, many fall ill due to indirect interactions. Rodents are not the cleanest creatures. Their droppings, fur, and remains litter areas they frequent. 

Unfortunately, consuming food tainted by rodent droppings is a common way many contract diseases.

Mice Cause Structural Damage

When mice move in, the integrity of your home is at stake. Their daily activities, which include gnawing, nest-building, and the like, can result in significant structural damage. 

By maneuvering through walls, they displace insulation and even damage weather-proofing products. They’re known to chew through almost anything, potentially damaging furniture, papers, and other belongings. As they build their nests, they collect various materials, causing further disarray. And as they multiply, the damage amplifies.

Food Contamination

Mice are constantly on the lookout for food. If you notice chewed packages or your food spoils unusually fast, it could signify a rodent infestation. Any evidence of damage, moisture, or mouse droppings around your food warrants immediate disposal. 

Always wear gloves and masks to avoid contact when handling potentially contaminated food. If such signs are evident, it’s time to call professionals, like Bugs A to Z, to assess the situation and ensure your home is free from these pests.

Don’t Let This Tiny Pest Ruin Your Peace of Mind

For those in Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, Santa Monica, and the surrounding area, Bugs A to Z is the trusted name for full-service residential pest control

With a reputation built on dependability, integrity, safety, and competitive pricing, this family-owned business promises 100% satisfaction. Emphasizing green pest management and integrated pest solutions, the company guarantees non-invasive methods to protect your home from unwanted pests.