House Mouse

Actual Size: 1.2-3.1 inches

Characteristics: Much smaller than rats, most house mice have light underbellies. Their skin color and fur can vary from white to very dark.

Behavior:

  • House mice are extremely destructive, chewing and contaminating every part of a building.
  • These rodents reproduce rapidly.
  • House mice will eat almost anything.
  • They are avid and fearless climbers, and will utilize any available access point into a building.

 

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Pest Description

House Mouse Behavior

Rodents have become a problem in any area where animals and human inhabit the same space. While issues with mice will become more prevalent in older buildings or structures with poor sanitation, rodents can infest any building with the appropriate conditions. Mice are well-suited to most of the United States. They have a high reproductive rate, are resourceful scavengers, and can protect themselves when attacked. Rodents typically burrow long distances to obtain food and find shelter. Most rodents are fearless climbers as well, being able to survive a fall of up to fifty feet. They will travel across power lines, roofs, and tree branches in an attempt to find food or escape from predators.

Problems Caused by House Mice

House mice and other rodents can be huge sources of disease and bacteria. Rodents were responsible for the spread of Bubonic plague, as they spread fleas infected with the deadly illness throughout Europe. Those simple rats eventually created millions of deaths. Rodents are especially troublesome disease carriers because they prefer to live so close to humans, as they forage and scavenge for our food waste and garbage, or as they use our buildings for shelter.

Rodents are also responsible for a range of building damages, including contamination of attics, chewing through wires, and even chewing within the structural wood. Urine and droppings are a frequent concern for anyone who has experienced a house mouse infestation. Electrical wiring and insulation are frequent targets for foraging rodents, and the wood of a building will be chewed for nesting material as well. Rodents have been known to destroy gardens, raid pantries, and generally cause mayhem within a human-dwelling.

Preventing, Eliminating, and Controlling House Mice

Rodents are intelligent and very resourceful creatures; preventing rodents can be difficult and complex. Comprehensive rodent control should consist of four steps: Inspection, Exclusion, Trapping, and Exterior Baiting. Our professional experts at Pest Control Inc. can evaluate a building for rodent infestation and inspect all current access points, which is crucial for eliminating these household pests. After inspection has taken place and all access points are blocked, a pest control expert will employ trapping to remove the remaining rodents, and also use long-term exterior baits to prevent house mice from returning to the building.