Facts about Mice Droppings
Mice droppings in the house are a sure sign of the development of a problem with mice. This situation needs to be dealt with immediately. That’s because a few mice can turn into a major mouse infestation in no time at all. A female mouse gives birth to ten to twelve litters each year and each young female can reproduce as soon as she is two months old. Not only that, mice droppings can carry the Hantavirus, which is life threatening.
The Hantavirus is primarily carried by deer mice and other rodents but not by common house mice. The virus is almost always fatal and is found in the urine, feces and saliva of deer mice. Because you cannot identify the type of mouse from which your mice droppings came, you have to always err on the side of caution and consider all mice droppings as having the potential to do great harm to you and your family.
The Hantavirus is received by humans through air particles. That means that you must never vacuum or sweep up mice droppings. Rather, droppings should be picked up very carefully and disposed of in plastic bags. When cleaning an area with mouse droppings it is important to open all the windows to let in air, and to wear gloves and a face mask that fits tightly.
Mice droppings are small and look like dull chocolate sprinkles. You can wet them with bleach or another powerful disinfectant and pick them up with paper towels. Once all feces are out of the room, disinfect it again, not just where you found the mice droppings, but from top to bottom. After you dispose of your gloves, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly.
Next, you have to figure out how the mice got into the house and seal up all openings so that they cannot get in again. Mice can fit through holes that are very much smaller than they are. They can easily crawl through holes that go to the outside, such as behind washer and dryers, gas stoves, plumbing fixtures, in floors and around baseboards. You need to fill the spaces with a material that a mouse cannot penetrate, such as plastic foam or steel wool. If it is a big enough space, you can nail a board across it.
You will need to set up traps to catch what mice are already inside the residence. Always wear gloves when disposing of mice. If your mice are already so numerous as to be a major infestation, you will most probably need to hire an exterminator to get rid of the mice. Mice can do an incredible amount of damage to your house and possessions. They can chew through electrical wiring and gnaw on your furniture, books, clothes and carpets. You can always tell where these little creatures have been by following the mice droppings.
If you have seen even one mouse, chances are there is a nest in your home that you also need to find and dispose of. They like storage boxes, closets, garment bags, shoes--just about any place they can make into a cozy and undisturbed spot. They will gnaw on paper, cardboard, wood, string, yarn--anything to make the nest soft, warm, and comfortable. They will even get into paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissues, soap and candles. And, everywhere mice travel, they urinate and leave droppings.
Mice can always be found wherever they can get into food, whether it be stored in a cupboard or just left out on the kitchen table. And, contrary to what some people think, mice will eat anything and everything. They especially like sweets and fats. Peanut butter is the perfect food for traps because they can’t pull it out without setting off the trap like some mice learn to do with cheese and bread.
If you find mice droppings anywhere in your residence, take the situation very seriously. Not only can they eventually destroy everything you own, they can be a tremendous health problem as well.