House Mice

Identification

House mice have dusky gray fur with a small slender body. Their tails are semi-naked and about as long as the head and body combined. Their ears are moderately large and very predominant. Weight is about 1/2 oz. Their young resemble the adults but they’re smaller in size. There are usually 5-6 young in a litter and they produce about 8 litters a year. Their average life cycle is about 1 year.

Habitat

House mice will live in any room where food is stored, prepared or handled. Mice normally stay within a radius of 10-25 feet of their nest, and in any convenient space within walls, cabinets or furniture. Mice make their nests out of shredded paper, cloth or leaves. Normally there will be only one opening in the nest. The nest will often be found in bags, cartons, or stored material. Mice will eat almost any food man eats. Mice are nibblers and their feeding habits are best described as light and erratic. They may eat small amounts of a variety of available foods at many times during a 24 hour period.

House Mouse

Treatment

Treatment starts with a thorough inspection for the primary source of the infestation and any conducive conditions. After that recommendations are made for good sanitation practices and/or elimination of conducive conditions (sealing of rodent entry points). The best way to get rid of a mouse infestation is to trap and remove the mice. This can take some time depending on the level of infestation. We maintain control using baiting management techniques in the crawlspace, rodent bait stations and sometimes other inaccessible areas of the building. We always recommend rodent entry points be sealed such as crawlspace accesses, missing or broken screen vents, and gaps in the foundation. An inspection by trained and licensed expert is critical in effective rodent control.