White-footed mice are the primary reservoir for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. Ticks, in the larvae stage, most commonly have their first blood meal from the white-footed mouse. Once a tick has fed on an infected mouse, the tick can then carry the bacteria and infect people or pets, causing disease.
The abundance of mice and other rodents in and around homes brings the danger of being bitten by an infected tick right to our doorstep. Even in more urban areas, ticks can be a danger due to the prevalence of rodents.
The importance of controlling the rodent population around our homes is vital to preventing Lyme disease.