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Our first child is due any day now, and we've got a mouse infestation. We noticed it for the first time at my girlfriend's baby shower (lots of cakes and crumbs out), and since then we've started seeing it more frequently. I say "it", but we suspect more than one of them, based on other people's comments.

Obviously we're trying to de-mouse the house, but how concerned should we be about mice in a house with a child?

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This doesn't really have anything to do with parenting. You may want to consult with an exterminator. –  Beofett Apr 20 '12 at 11:18
    
This question seems to be less about parenting and more about home improvement -- at least mouse infestations are discussed frequently there. –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Apr 20 '12 at 11:19
    
Makes sense, I'll migrate. –  deworde Apr 20 '12 at 11:29
    
I've actually edited the question to be more parenting-related, as I think this is a common concern for young parents. –  deworde Apr 20 '12 at 11:59
    
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Some studies (news article, another article, actual study) have shown that mice fecal matter could contribute to asthma, or otherwise cause allergies in young children.

In a study of eight cities, a team from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, US, checked the contents of dust samples from the homes of children with asthma.

The team found that 95% of those samples contained mouse allergens, many involving feces or urine.

Other concerns include: mouse droppings can pose to be a choking hazard; mice can eat up your furniture, wiring, and insulation; they may clog plumbing etc. in your house, creating fire hazards; and much more.

Murine Typhus Fever or simply Typhus is spread by the bites of fleas that have fed off of rodents. This infectious disease shows itself with a rash and other symptoms include headache, backache, a high fever that may last up to two weeks, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Treatment for typhus fever includes antibiotics and over 98% of people afflicted will recover. 10% to 60% of people who do not go on antibiotic treatment will not survive

Living with a mice infestation is dangerous for human beings in general; it is only going to be more dangerous for a helpless child to be there.

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+1 for citations –  deworde Apr 20 '12 at 18:44

No more than in a house without a child. Which is to say, the mice have to go. Mice leak urine as they walk -- "like drunken hoboes," as MimiSmartyPants so memorably put it last year. They're nasty little brutes.

First, seal up your foundation. (I did it last year and it took half a bag of cement and four cans of spray foam. Thank you, lazy house-builder!) Then buy some spring traps, smear on peanut butter, and place them near the basement walls. Get ready to collect the little bodies.

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Rented accomodation from the 1900's. Suspect that sealing the foundation may be a tad harder for us. Good advice on the traps, thanks. –  deworde Apr 20 '12 at 18:45
    
Oh, that makes it harder. Yeah, you may be forced to launch a Reign Of Terror in mouseland. My condolences: sometimes it gets downright nasty. :7( –  Will E. Apr 23 '12 at 14:54
    
Third, get a cat or three. –  Ready To Learn Jan 1 '13 at 22:48

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