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.

Identifying Mice

Description

Mice have poor eyesight and heightened senses of smell, touch, and taste to compensate. Since they rarely travel outside an area of 10 to 30 feet once they establish nests, house mice are extremely familiar with their surroundings and notice when bait and strange objects appear in their habitats.

Appearance

Small and nimble, house mice weigh in at about 0.5 ounces and grow between 8 and 11 inches long, including their tails. Their bodies are covered in light brown to black fur, and their bellies are typically white to buff in color. House mice have pointed noses, tiny black eyes, large ears, and scaly tails. They are capable climbers, jumpers, and swimmers.

Habitat

House mice are found in every part of the world and flourish wherever there is human activity. House mice may nest underground or in an otherwise sheltered location. They build nests out of paper, burlap, and other fibrous materials in and around houses, farms, warehouses, and open fields.

Mice Problems

Entry

Are house mice known to enter homes or yards?
Some of the house mouse's favorite places to nest are in and around individual homes and manmade structures. The human activity provides mice with their favorite foods, including cereal, grains, nuts, fruits, plant seeds and roots, meat, and trash. Additionally, homes with central heating give the rodents warm nesting locations during winter months.

Damage

Do house mice harm people or property?
House mice almost always cause some kind of damage to property where infestations are present. 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. House mice also chew on electrical wires, which can lead to shorts or even electrical fires. They also can mutilate crops, gnaw through containers of food, 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. Humans can contract diseases from mice by coming into contact with their urine or feces.

Mice Control

Safety

There's no foolproof method of exclusion that guards against house mice infestations. Property owners often have to employ multiple techniques to reduce the possibility of attracting the rodents. Some easily implemented and practical solutions 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 Salt Lake City to deal with the problem. Our trained technicians have the tools and extensive knowledge of house mice behavior to remove infestations.

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