House Mouse

House mice are a commonly found pest inside our homes. They are typically gray in color. Mice usually eat grains and seeds in the wild but have been known to eat fruit and insects as well. When they enter a house, they will eat any human or pet food, but gravitate towards grain-based options.

Mice are social animals and will group together in a territory that is run by an alpha male. Family groups will have many females and some lower-ranking males as well. Territories are usually between four and twenty-five feet but will vary based on the availability of food and water. They prefer to live in dark areas and eat around dusk and dawn, although they can be active in between.

There are many ways to tell that you have mice in your home.

  • These animals like to gnaw, so they will leave small bite marks on things.
  • You can also see their droppings easily, which are shaped like rods with points on the end.
  • They prefer to use specific walkways so you can see rub marks (made of skin oils) and droppings along these pathways.
  • If you have a large infestation, you will be able to smell urine and feces.
  • Because house mice nibble when they eat and only consume small amounts of food at one time, you can find what they have left behind.
Although these creatures can be considered cute, they pose significant health risks. They carry bacteria and diseases that can contaminate your stored food. They are also known to bring lice, fleas, ticks, and mites into your home. This can be serious if you have children with asthma. Mice reproduce quickly, so infestations can easily get out of hand.
If you think you have an infestation, there are a few ways you can handle the situation. If your home is already infested, you should still take preventative measures. Seal any cracks in your home and keep your property clean. You can also get one or two cats to be mousers if owning pets is an option for you.

For the elimination of mice, start with getting mouse traps. These should be placed strategically along the walls. The trap will catch mice as they move along the baseboards, especially if placed in their usual pathway. Although you should change trap locations every couple of days, these creatures are naturally curious, so they should still approach the bait you use.

Speaking of bait, you should be sure to use the correct food. If the mice in your home already prefer something in your cabinets, use that. Other favorite options include chocolate, peanut butter, dried fruit, oatmeal, and bacon.

Mice infestations can vary greatly. Some can be cured with glue boards and traps. Others may require bait stations inside and outdoors. These hold bait safely away from pets and children and allow the mouse to die where it nests. An inspection by one of our experts can determine what is needed and a plan can be developed.

 

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