We first spotted a mouse about 6 months ago but presumed it had disappeared as when we set a trap we didn’t catch it and also didn’t see anything of it. I’ve just woken to a gnawing noise and haven’t seen one though. Is it safe to say I have an infestation now? And would they try live inside my bed or sofa even tho these are high traffic areas? And also do they all have ticks and how would theses presents themselves?
A mouse tries very hard not to present itself at all. A sofa is a great place for a mouse to hide. There is lots of soft cloth and “stuffing” it can use to build a cozy nest. The cloth and foam inside a sofa muffles any gnawing that may going on there. The gnawing you heard could be the sofa-dwelling mouse trying to get out of your house to go forage for food, or it could be another mouse trying to get in to enjoy all the comforts of home.
Please don’t put poison in your sofa. Anything that kills mice and rats can at least make people sick, and poisoning your sofa can cause serious health problems for you, your family, and your guests – especially anyone taking anticoagulants after a heart attack or stroke.
Instead, use snap traps for pest control. Target mice where they go for food and water instead of where they nest. To catch even one mouse, you need to put out at least 6 to 8 snap mouse traps near food and water sources. This could be under a sink, under the fridge, under the cook stove, near any frequently opened waste receptacle, and near cabinets where you have food stored in cardboard or plastic containers. Put two traps next to each, so the mouse can’t hop over any one trap and escape. If you kill mice in the kitchen, they won’t go back to the sofa.
It’s only reasonable to be concerned about ticks. Ticks carry an astonishing variety of diseases, including babesiosis, Colorado tick fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, cytauxzoonosis, Lyme disease, relapsing fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick-borne meningoenchephalitis, and tularemia.
Fortunately, it’s very, very rare for anyone to contract these diseases from tick bites indoors. And mice are not especially likely to have ticks on them at all unless they come into the house from tall grass. If you keep grass trimmed in the yard, you will have fewer ticks in general, and the risk of tick bites from ticks carried by mice is essentially zero.
If you were to be bitten by a tick, you’d see a small, brown, oval creature about a millimeter long stuck to your skin. It is important to get its mouth and pincers out of your skin without mashing them and releasing bacteria. Grasp the tick with tweezers and pull it out of your skin with a steady upward motion. If you can’t get the entire tick out of your skin, you need to see a doctor—but it is highly unlikely this will be a problem inside the house.