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.

Description

Mice are one of the most common and widely spread pests in the world. House mice problems include food contamination, structural and property damage, and the spread of diseases. The rodents are very familiar with their surroundings, as they only travel about 10-30 feet from their established nest.

Appearance

  • Small & nimble
  • .5 ounces in weight
  • 8-11 inches in length, including the tail
  • Light brown to black fur
  • Pointed noses
  • Tiny black eyes
  • Large ears
  • Scaly tails

Mice are very capable climbers, jumpers, and swimmers. Their numbers grow quickly, so mice infestations should be eradicated at the first signs of activity.

Habitat

House mice will nest underground or in another sheltered location. They will build nests out of paper, burlap, or other fibrous materials. House mice enjoy nesting wherever there is human activity, as human food fits their diet of choice perfectly.

Mice Problems

Mice Entry

Mice thoroughly enjoy nesting in and around homes. Human activity will provide mice with their favorite foods, including cereal, grains, nuts, fruits, plant seeds, roots, meat, and trash. Homes with central heating give the rodents warm nesting locations when it is cold outside during winter months.

Mice Damage

Rivaled only by rats as the most destructive pest, house mice almost always cause some kind of damage to property or people where infestations are present. The rodents consume about three grams of food each day but destroy much more than that thanks to their nibbling habits. They dig up freshly planted grains, mutilate crops before harvest, gnaw through containers of food in warehouses, 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 in their fur. Humans contract diseases from mice by coming into contact with or accidentally consuming their urine and feces.

House mice are also capable of serious structural damage. 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 that worsens over time. House mice also chew on electrical wires, which can lead to shorts and even electrical fires.

Mice Control

Control and Safety

Unfortunately, there's no fool-proof method of exclusion that guards against house mouse infestations. Property owners often have to employ multiple techniques to reduce the possibility of attracting the rodents. Some easily implemented and helpful activities 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 Boulder to deal with the problem. Our trained technicians have the tools and extensive knowledge of house mouse behavior to quickly and safely remove infestations.

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