Your Home Vs. Nature◀ Back To Blog
January 5, 2015
There are all kinds of nasty critters and bugs that live in nature. Out there, it is kill or be killed. Almost everything is a predator, and almost everything has a predator. There are giant creatures like the humpback whale, all the way down to microscopic insects. I tell you this because many people don't realize how it connects. You might be one of them. I don't know. We've never met. But what I'm about to tell you could change the way you look at illness and pest infestation.
To illustrate my point, I'm going to use the humble and timid mouse. All by itself, a mouse is a pretty cool creature. You might even have one as a pet. But a pet mouse and a wild mouse are two entirely different creatures. The pet mouse is part of your ecosystem. It is fed by you. It is kept in a sterile and protected environment. And it is not allowed to wander. Under these conditions, a mouse is wonderful to have around.
A wild mouse, however, is part of two ecosystems, yours, and the one that exists outside your home. Because of this, it is exposed to many things that don't exists inside your home, like mites, lice, ticks, fleas, bacteria, and disease. Let's take a look at these.
Parasites: Mites, lice, ticks, and fleas require a living host to survive. They live in the fur of wild animals and travel on animals and humans. If you have mice inside your home, they don't generally come alone. They will leave parasite eggs as they travel around your home, and those eggs will hatch into tiny insects that need a host to live on.
Bacteria: There are other things that exist in the ecosystem outside your home that do not exist in your home, such as dead animals. If you live in an urban area, that ecosystem might include dumpsters, sewage pipes, culvert systems, and more. When mice crawl through these areas, they pick up microscopic bacteria. This bacteria is then brought into your house and deposited on plates, silverware, food containers, and the food inside.
Disease: In the world outside your home there are also diseases. While you protect your family by washing your hands regularly and covering your mouth when you cough, mice could be spreading disease and illness through your home by leaving feces and urine in your air ducts, on shelves, and in carpets. Often times families battle with flu-related symptoms not realizing that mice are to blame.
If you allow your lawn to get overgrown, leave rotted holes in your exterior walls, let screens go unfixed, and shrug your shoulders when you see bugs and rodents crawling around your home, you are giving in to the ecosystem around you. In essence, you are letting down your walls of protection. But you don't have to live with bugs, rodents, and other wildlife. Get plugged in to a pest management company and learn the many ways you can make your home a protected area. Your family will be safer and healthier for it.