White-footed Mice are the real dangerWhite-footed mice are carriers of serious and potentially fatal human diseases including hantavirus, Lyme Disease, and other diseases such as ehrlichiosis and babeosis. . Forty to 90 percent of white-footed mice carry Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete bacterium that causes Lyme disease, and they provide the first blood meals for black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks, which can transmit the disease to humans.
A deadly freckleThe Black-legged tick, which is often called a deer tick, is the one to watch out for. The nymph in the image to the left, shows beyond a doubt, how small the nymph Black-legged tick is. They are so small that they look like a freckle, making them easy to miss. The white-footed, house and deer mouse are common in New Hampshire and they are the source/starting point of Lyme disease. Like the Gray squirrel, their population has exploded. Click on image for a better view if you dare!
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Air Bag dangerThe air bag system in today’s vehicles is a very sophisticated safety system. Damage by mice can compromise this technology that could result in a system that will not operate as designed. The possibility is real that a rodent damaged air bag system can become more of a danger than a safety device to you and your family. That’s one of the reasons insurance companies REQUIRE replacement of the air bags when rodent damage is found. The Subaru in the image needed a replacement headliner, both side curtain air bags, part of a wiring harness along with disinfecting before the owner got their car back.
Candy corn in a cupWhy do mice gravitate to cars? There are several reasons for this and if you think about it, it makes sense. Cars are often warm, they’re very protective with all kinds of small cavities to keep mice safe from predators, there is plenty of stuff to chew on and the owners often have food in their car. We had a customer come into the shop complaining about a noise from their headliner; sounded like small pebbles rolling around. When you tapped on the liner you could hear a distinct rattle of a bunch of something. When we removed the headliner a whole lot, (I mean a lot!) of candy corn fell out along with some mouse stuff. The owner of this car had an affection, and there, in the center console in the cup holder, was a cup full of candy corn. That’s right, she enjoyed her candy corn and didn’t know the mice enjoyed it too! Here’s the gag me part. She just about always drove with and continually refilled her supply of candy corn. The mice had to have been climbing in and out of the cup to get their supply. Don’t tell me they didn’t have any accidents while they were grabbing their store of food in the candy corn cup.
Stopping micePeople have tried drier sheets, mothballs, peppermint and several other items to detour rodents, we’ve found their effectiveness to be limited.
- Be proactive; Have your vehicle’s cabin filter inspected with every oil change. If you happen to get in your vehicle and think there’s an odd smell have it checked out immediately. Never leave food in your vehicle! We even found a dead mouse in a coffee cup once! If you have children you likely have McDonald french fries on the floor and other food debris falling behind the seat. Full seat covers help stop that. Clean out car seats regularly as well. Never put a bait block or any other rodent poison inside your vehicle. Avoid parking near stone walls, brush or wood piles. If your garage has a rodent problem have it addressed and don’t park in the garage until it has been.