Did you know that under perfect conditions, 24 mice can grow to over 2,000 mice in as little as 8 months or that a pair of mice can produce 18,000 fecal droppings or that over the past 100 years over 10 million human deaths have been due to rodent diseases that they can carry? Mice can be found in your crawl space or in the basement, kitchen, storage shed or other location that has given them food and shelter. Mice can build up their population in your home and the urine and fecal matter, also known as droppings, can be seen in locations like your pantry or under your sink as they look for your food to eat. Approximately 20% of the world’s food supply is annually spoiled by rodents and 4% of stored rice and grains. They are a very serious problem and should be controlled as soon as possible.
Identification of the species of mouse you have is very important. If it’s the brown or greyish brown in colour with a long tail, large ears, pointed snout and large eyes without a white chest, you likely have a house mouse; if it has a white chest as well as the other mouse characteristics, it is likely a deer mouse and this species can transmit hantavirus, a rare but usually deadly disease for humans. Proper clean up procedures need to be followed when dealing with deer mice droppings. Do not disturb or clean up mice droppings without soaking down the droppings for at least 15 minutes with a 50% bleach and water mix or registered disinfectant and let it sit for approximately 15 minutes. Wear an N95 mask, wear rubber gloves, and goggles at minimum when dealing with mouse droppings. Once soaked down then the droppings can be safely put into a garbage bag and put into the trash. Clean up the area with the appropriate registered product or a bleach water mixture.