Mice

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Mus musculus
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3" - 4"

Invaders of our kitchens, attics, and basements - mice are notorious for destroying belongings and spreading diseases.

Threat Level
5
Nuisance Score
9

Characteristics

Mice are small, furry rodents that are found virtually all over the globe. With over 300 species, they’re actually the most common rodent in the world. On average, they are about 3-4 inches long and sport long, thin tails. You might spot them in shades of brown or gray, which is a perfect camouflage for their nocturnal behaviors.

Mice are incredibly talented climbers (even along ceilings) and they’re surprisingly intelligent, capable of solving complex problems.

Biology

Mice make no secret that they’re lovers of food. They're omnivores, feasting on a diverse menu that includes seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and yes, even garbage. Mice are prolific breeders, with up to 10 litters in a single year, each litter containing up to 6-8 pups. In the wild, their lifespan extends up to 2 years.

Mice are incredibly social creatures, communicating with each other via complex body language movements and different vocalizations. Mice are also acutely aware of their surroundings with enhanced hearing and a greater sense of smell.

Habitat

Mice can set up camp in a wide variety of habitats, from your cozy attic to the local business down the road and even in the wild in a thicket of sticks. They thrive in warm and humid environments.

Human Interaction

When mice decide to move into human territory, they bring along a host of problems. They can be a real nuisance and a potential health risk. From contaminating food and spreading diseases such as hantavirus to gnawing through your prized possessions, mice are capable of a lot of damage. 

Worse still, if they chew through electrical wires, they can even be a fire hazard. If there is an infestation,  you’ll often run into them when it’s dark and see evidence of them by seeing their droppings or fragments of chewed belongings.

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Pest Control

A severe mouse infestation almost requires professional help. A pest control company will have the expertise and the resources to manage your mouse problem quickly and effectively.

To prevent mice from invading your home, consider the following tips:

  • Keep your home clean and free from food and clutter.
  • Store food in airtight containers to prevent enticing these little critters.
  • Do not leave pet food out overnight, it can very well become a mice buffet
  • Regularly inspect your home for signs of mice, such as droppings or gnawed items.

I hope this article helped you get to know our furry intruders a bit better and provided some useful advice on mouse prevention and control. Remember, a little prevention goes a long way in ensuring that your kitchen, bedroom, attic, or yard remain mouse-free. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

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