House Mice

Latin Name: Mus Musculus

What do Mice look like?

House Mice are the most common of all rodents. They are much smaller than rats and grow between 2.5 - 3.5 inches long, and usually weigh between 1/2 - 1 oz. This type of species are typically a dusty grey on their backs, and a light grey or off-white on their belly. They have a long pointed nose with small eyes and large ears, and their droppings are usually identified as small with a lack of ridges. This is important because their droppings are very similar to that of the American Cockroach. This feature is vital to the identification of the species.

Habitat

House Mice can, and do, live outside in fields, making burrows or living in debris such as wood piles. When they can, they will make their way into structures which they are well equipped to move around in.

Mice are excellent climbers, and can easily maneuver throughout entire buildings once they find an entry point. Openings and entry points in structures can be as small as a dime, or 1/4 inch for a mouse to gain access into an area. Most times, the access point is hard, if not impossible to find. Sealing off the most obvious entry points can help to reduce the likelihood of these unwanted visitors from getting into your home.

House mice can invade your home at any time of the year. During times of cold weather is when rodents will seek shelter inside for a more stable environment.

Diet

When living outside, like most rodents, house mice will feed on the seeds or new growth of plants. Once inside, their diet can expand greatly to include any food source including, cereal, fruit, chips, bread, and pet food.

How can you prevent house mice from getting inside?

It is almost impossible to keep mice from gaining entry into your home. However, some of the following steps will help to make your home a less attractive habitat. If the mice gain entry to your home though, they must be removed.

  • Sanitation: On the outside of your home, making sure there is no debris to encourage nesting or breeding close to the home.  Keeping your landscape neat and trimmed will mean that areas mice will use to investigate around your home will leave them feeling vulnerable. Don't allow bushes, shrubs, or grass to get too thick, which then provides not only cover for mice but a source of food.

  • Exclusion: This means sealing off any point of possible entry. Remember, you are looking for an area the size of a dime. Any gaps under doors, around pipes, or between joints can be a point of entry.

  • Trapping- This is the only method we recommend for removal of any mice once they are inside your home. Traps and glue boards are effective chemical-free methids that ensure you are removing the mice, and they will not die inside the walls or voids in your home and cause an odor.

  • Baiting (Bait Stations)- It is our company policy to never use baits inside a structure. There is much information about the use of baits. There are no baits that will cause the mice to go outside looking for water, they can get enough water off the condensation from pipes in your home and survive.  Bait staitons can be used inside for the sole purpose of keeping traps and/or glue boards out of the reach of children or pets. Baits also do not "dry" out rodents. If they die inside your home, it will result in an odor. With mice, this isin't always detectable due to their small size. Bait stations usage is usually the most effective way to control rodent activity on the exterior of structures.

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