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House Mice

House Mouse - Pest Library

House Mouse – Pest Library

Description

House mice are relatively small and may grow up to four inches in length, with an additional four inches of tail. They are brown with a speckled coat and have pink noses, feet, and ears. They may squeak when active, which is at night and may become a pest in your home in cooler months or when seeking refuge. They are not scared of humans, unlike other mice.

Distinguishing between male and female is particularly difficult without seeing the sex itself. Both genders are relatively small compared to other mice, but especially other rodents that outsize them like Norway rats or roof rats and may hunt for them as a food source. The house mouse is exactly what you would expect of a mouse and is one of the most typical of its kind. Droppings, gnawing or small footprints through your home may also be indications of mouse life.

 

Habitat

House mice have a variety of natural habitats, which are mostly influenced by humans. They are the most common laboratory mouse and are bred extensively in captivity throughout the world. This may be for use in a lab, but they are also very common pets and are sold in the millions around the world at pet stores or by home breeders. House mice have become domesticated over time and are very sociable and interactive creatures.

Their natural habitat is also particularly flexible. House mice live in both rural and urban areas but may move to other locations to meet their dietary needs. House mice may be found near water but do not typically live near wetlands. They prefer cereal grains and other crops, and as such, are an agricultural rodent. In spite of this, these creatures can eat pretty much anything, including common household items or materials. Like many mice, they nest. A mouse nest is a burrow or sanctuary in which they can seek protection.

 

Control or Elimination

Deep cleaning is strongly recommended, and further cleaning may be required in the duration of pest control or after any dead mice are found. This can also help reduce the risk of disease, which may be transported by these rodents.

Maintenance: House mice can jump, though not very high. This means you should ensure that trees with extended branches are trimmed, the grass is kept low and that trash cans are secure. These scavengers will look anywhere for food, so general maintenance is necessary to prevent mice from going where they shouldn’t.

Mouse traps: Mouse traps work by reducing the population number. How many you use depends on the size of the infested area and how many suspected house mice you have. Traps work by baiting the mouse to the device before snapping shut and killing it. These traps should be removed, and emptied regularly, because they can create sanitation problems.

Cats: These trained predators are magnificent at keeping mice populations low in general and are especially useful in rural areas where other rodents may also cause pest problems. They can be used as a preventative and control method.

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