Should I Be Worried If My Cat Caught A Mouse In Anaheim?

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Cats are wonderful creatures. They provide loads of entertainment, cuddles, and unconditional love. They also sometimes provide snacks for their owners; this includes mice - if they can find them. The occasional mouse present may not concern you if you own an outdoor cat. When indoor cats bring these pests as a treat, you have a reason for concern.

Here is what you need to know about mouse infestations in Anaheim and the best methods to control these pests. Call A-1 Bonded Termite if you need a fast solution to rodent problems. We are experts on pest control in Anaheim and have everything you need to combat furry pests like mice.

If I See One Mouse In My Home Does That Mean There Are More?

Mice rarely live alone. They often travel and survive in groups. Keeping this in mind, if you see even one mouse inside your home, it is safe to assume there are more. The question is, how many more? Mice reproduce rapidly. A single female can give birth to roughly 35 babies every year. These pups take six to eight weeks to mature sexually. If you do not spot these pests during an early infestation, their babies will start making babies within the first two months. A few more months and you might have several dozen furry rodents causing trouble inside your home.

The only way to stop wild mice from creating a large family inside your home is to identify them early or invest in preventative measures to keep them out in the first place.

Can Mice Make You Sick Without Touching Them?

Mice are great at getting people sick without ever seeing them. They do this by carrying harmful bacteria, pathogens, and parasites both on and inside their bodies. You might get sick by interacting with an area these pests have been, touching their fecal droppings or urine, or eating contaminated food.

Mice in California also spread diseases through the fleas and ticks they bring into homes. These smaller pests get people sick by biting them and spread multiple diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and the bubonic plague. To avoid getting sick, do everything you can to keep mice out of your home.

What Happens If My Cat Catches A Mouse?

Cats are predatory creatures that enjoy chasing down smaller prey. The only problem is that domesticated cats have plenty to eat and do not need to hunt for food. Keeping this in mind, if Whiskers brings you a dead mouse, it is because he thinks you are a terrible hunter and wants to provide for you. It’s a silly thing. What is not silly is the many sickness vectors that can exist on mouse fur. Use safety equipment to avoid potential sickness when disposing of the 'presents' your cat brings you—certainly something you should consider when your pet brings you a mouse. Most often, a single mouse is an indication of a more extensive infestation.

To find out if more of these invasive rodents are inside your home, consider bringing in our team for a thorough inspection. We will check through your home for signs of mice and let you know if we find anything concerning. 

How Do I Get Rid Of Mice For Good?

There are two ways to combat mice inside and around your Anaheim home. The first option involves utilizing basic DIY methods to seal your home’s exterior. Here are a few strategies to consider using on your property:

  • Seal gaps, cracks, and holes in your exterior foundation.
  • Ensure all your windows and doors are properly sealed and in good working condition.
  • Thoroughly clean your living areas at least once a week and immediately address food messes and drink spills.
  • Invest in rodent-proof trash cans and store them in secured areas.
  • Store your leftovers, pet food, and pantry items inside air-tight plastic or glass containers. 

If you are trying to get rid of mice, your best option is to hire a pest control professional. Our team at A-1 Bonded Termite offers quick and simple treatments to help homeowners identify, remove, and control local rodents. Let us visit you and find a treatment plan that best meets your need.

Call today to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment for your Anaheim home and property.