Mice
The house mouse is the most successful rodent in adapting to live with people. It is found almost anywhere people are, feeding on human food, sheltering in human structures, and reproducing at a remarkable rate. It is the most troublesome and economically important vertebrate pest, contaminating untold millions of dollars worth of food, damaging possessions, and causing electrical fires with its constant gnawing.

Description

House mice are one of the most common pests in the area. House mice can contaminate food, cause structural damage, property damage, and spread diseases. The rodents have heightened senses of smell, touch, and taste to compensate for their other poor senses. House mice generally do not travel more than an area of 10-30 feet outside their nests, making them extremely familiar of their surroundings. Due to their quick reproduction cycle, a house mice infestation should be eradicated at the very first sign of activity.

Appearance

  • Small & nimble
  • .5 ounces in weight
  • 8-11 inches long, including their tails
  • Light brown to black fur
  • Pointed noses
  • Tiny black eyes
  • Large ears
  • Scaly tails

Habitat

House mice enjoy almost any habitat as long as there is human activity. House mice may nest underground or in another sheltered area. They build nest using paper, burlap, and other fibrous materials found in homes, farms, warehouses, and open fields.

Mice Problems

Entry

Perfect nesting areas for house mice offer warmth and safety. Some of their favorite places to nest are in and around human homes. House mice inside homes find their favorite foods, including cereal, grains, nuts, fruits, plant seeds, roots, meat, and trash. During the winter, house mice migrate within homes to find warm nesting areas and begin creating quite the headache for the homeowner.

Mice Damage

Rivaled only by rats as the most destructive pest, house mice almost always cause some kind of damage to property or people where infestations are present. The rodents consume about three grams of food each day but destroy much more than that thanks to their nibbling habits. They dig up freshly planted grains, mutilate crops before harvest, gnaw through containers of food in warehouses, and even contaminate packages with their urine and droppings.

As they spend a lot of time in dumpsters, sewers, and other filthy locations, house mice are often riddled with pathogens and secondary pests. The rodents have the capacity to spread salmonellosis, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, and tapeworms and may carry fleas, ticks, and similar parasites in their fur. Humans contract diseases from mice by coming into contact with or accidentally consuming their urine and feces.

House mice are also capable of serious structural damage. Their teeth grow rapidly, and they must gnaw to keep the length under control. This leads to the destruction of wall insulation, stored items like books and paintings, and damage to support beams and walls that worsens over time. House mice also chew on electrical wires, which can lead to shorts and even electrical fires.

Mice Control

Control and Safety

Unfortunately, there's no fool-proof method of exclusion that guards against house mouse infestations. Property owners often have to employ multiple techniques to reduce the possibility of attracting the rodents. Some easily implemented and helpful activities include cleaning homes regularly, sealing cracks in building foundations, eliminating clutter in attics and basements, keeping food stored in airtight and rodent-proof containers, and removing collections of debris in yards.

Trapping and Removal

House mice aren't very sneaky, and infestations can be detected early. Once the first signs of activity appear, property owners should contact the professionals at Critter Control of Central Massachusetts to deal with the problem. Our trained technicians have the tools and extensive knowledge of house mouse behavior to quickly and safely remove infestations.

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