Mice and other rodents have the ability to carry a vast number of
diseases and parasites. This is the main reason that they have been considered pests for most of human history. The reason that mice are useful for laboratory testing is the same reason that they are dangerous, namely, the diseases they carry can infect humans.
The diseases and bacteria they carry include:
- Hanta virus
- Lyme disease
Apart from their ability to make your household very sick, they are also extremely destructive. Mice gnaw at wires, shred old books, destroy plants in gardens, and can contaminate food with their feces and urine.
How to Tell if Your Home is Infested
- The main tell-tale sign of a mouse infestation is visible mouse-droppings. They resemble slightly elongated peppercorns and may be visible anywhere that the mouse has roamed. Mice defecate and urinate often, so even in the beginning stages of an infestation, these signs will usually be easy to find.
- The next clue will bethe smell of mouse urine. If your home has never been infested before, or if you are unfamiliar with what an infestation smells like, your clue is that the smell of the infested areas will have changed dramatically. In most cases, those who have dealt with mouse infestations before will knowjust by stepping inside an infested home. The smell is acrid and overwhelming, easily overpowering all attempts to mask it.
- Most dogs and some cats will also be aware of the presence of the mouse and mayseem anxious or excited when incertain areas of the home where the rodent has been present.
- When a mouse has made itself at home, it will want to start a family. If the mouse is living insideyour home, it will seek materials with which to build a nest. Mice will build nests fromold furniture, newspapers, cardboard, or any similar items they find. You will find that there are holes and marks, and sometimes even trails of fragments, around items that it has gnawed at to procure nesting material.
Getting Rid of Mice
Given that mice have been considered pests for a long time, there
are many accepted and readily available ways to get rid of mice , most of which you probably already know. In most cases, the methods are either dangerous to household animals or humans (particularly young children), or cruel. Now there is an alternative specifically for people who do not want to deal with traps or poisons, it is called Shake-Away and works by triggering a mouse’s fear instinct.
Like many animals, mice have an instinctive reaction to the scent of
their predators’ urine. This has been known for some time, and there are mouse repellents that take advantage of this instinct, however, they are messy to use. Shake-Away comes in granules, which makes it easy to apply, and it is completely organic, making it safer than poisons. One 20oz container of Shake-Away can create a line of protective scent around your property, which mice will perceive as a signal that a predator is near. The instinct for self preservation will keep the rodents away from you and your family without causing them harm.
Methods of Application
Shake-Away granules may be used by placing them inside six-inch lengths of nylon stocking to form balls, and placing the stocking balls every hundred square feet or so wherever the mice roam. These methods, along with the method of placing the granules on paper plates, makes for a less messy indoor application of the product. The Shake-Away granules may also be sprinkled around your yard. Shake-Away mice repellent is an effective way to let mice know that a predator is in the neighborhood and is regularly marking his territory.