Mice Population Explosion

Warmer winters giving them more time to reproduce

Larry Richert and John Shumway
May 30, 2018 - 8:19 am

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Mice are infesting homes and businesses in the Pittsburgh area much more than before. On the KDKA Radio Morning News, Barb Murray with the Allegheny County Health Department confirmed a sharp increase in the number of yellow stickers at restaurants warning people of issues.

"We've had 59 complaints for the first five months of 2018, and actually had 59 complaints total for all of 2017."

A factor in the growing mice population is recent mild winters. More mice are surviving winter and Russ Rusiski with Complete Pest Control Services says the warmer weather also gives them more time to reproduce.

"Mice, for example, breed up approximately ten times a year, having six to eight offspring. Generally, about half of those survive to adulthood." Rusiski tells KDKA Radio his business is up at least a third so far this year.

The most effective way to deal with mice is a combination of extermination and having your building properly sealed.

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