It’s fair to say mice have a better reputation than rats in the rodent world. Although not considered quite as adorable as squirrels, many people in still consider them to be cute and harmless. You might even be wondering why mouse pest proofing in so important. Well, for one thing, pest experts are warning that more rodents than ever taking shelter in North London homes this winter.
Like rats, mice are wild animals, and rightly considered pests. If you still need convincing of this, let’s discuss some of the reasons why mice can be distressing and even dangerous if allowed to set up home in your home. And why pest control in North London is more crucial than ever.
Increased Risk of Fire and Damage to Property
Mice have teeth that never stop growing, just like others in the wider rodent community. This means that they have an insatiable desire to chew. Not just when hungry, but to gnaw down their teeth.
Mice will happily bite into anything. When we say anything, we literally mean just about anything. This means any wood fixtures and furnishings, marble, chipboard and, probably most dangerous of all, wires and cables. This obviously poses a huge fire risk for your home.
They Can Even Gnaw Through Structural Materials
Let’s reiterate the point made above – mice will bite, chew and gnaw through just about anything. That includes the structural materials and components of your property. This means these pests can cause serious problems for the structural integrity of your building.
Mice have even been known to chew through concrete, or to at least give it a go. Any biting, chewing or gnawing that occurs, no matter how successful or not they were, can reduce the strength of your property. With the number of mice expected to hit London this cold season, you can begin to see the urgency of the situation.
You also need to consider the fact that mice will chew through insulation, upholstery and carpeting.
Obviously, one of the biggest threat mice pose to your home and household is their appetite and thieving attitude. It’s bad enough though that invading pests will steal a lot of the food you worked hard to purchase. But, in the process of searching and nibbling at all that food, they contaminate food and surfaces wherever they go, with their droppings and urine.
The very fact they are walking over your kitchen worktops and into your kitchen cupboards, over your crockery and cookware, means that they will contaminate everywhere.
Mouse Proofing Prevents Other Pests
One of the worrying things about wild mice entering your home, is what else has come along for the ride. There are various bugs and creatures like mites, lice, ticks and fleas that ride on the back of mice and straight into your home. Add to this the holes mice gnaw in your walls. These make perfect conduits for other pests like cockroaches to enter by.
Health Risks of Mice Infestations
Let’s expand further upon the dangers of these rodents in your North London home. Mouse proofing from a reputable North London pest control company like Empire is vital to stop the pests spreading potentially dangerous diseases, bacteria and viruses. The World Health Organisation has made it clear that many species of common rodents, like house mice and rats, are potentially affected by various zoonotic agents and parasites. They are also strongly linked to the causes of some indoor allergic reactions and asthma.
Some rodents even carry the following:
- Lyme disease
Getting Professional Help
You should try to be vigilant as to mouse proofing your property to stop making it easy for them to gain access.
Prevention is always the key, especially when dealing with rodents. It will be harder, more time-consuming and most of all, more expensive to deal with the problem if an infestation is already established. Especially compared to stopping them from gaining entry completely.
Empire has years of experience with pest proofing in the North London area. We know how to stop mice that craftily look for ways to gain entry to your property. There are many great solutions to mice problems. And where possible you should start your fight against mice before they have even tried to enter your home by calling in a professional. We will be able to prevent mice before the anticipated winter rush to find shelter begins.