Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have found mouse traces in 82% of U.S. homes just like yours. Samples were collected from 75 randomly selected areas across the country. The 831 homes tested were in all parts of the U.S. (the northeast, southeast, midwest, southwest, northwest), all housing types, and in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

Researchers looked for evidence in dust samples from kitchen and living room floors, upholstered furniture, beds, and bedroom floors. Kitchen floor concentrations were the highest?enough to cause allergies and asthma. Residents of high-rise apartments and mobile homes had the largest amounts.

The NIH wants to know if asthmatic kids are more likely to live in homes infested with mice. They’ve already discovered that kids with asthma are more likely to live in houses with high numbers of cockroaches.

But don’t let mice and cockroaches worry you too much. Unless you have kids with asthma, it’s not the end of the world.

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