House Mice

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What do house mice look like?

The house mouse can be from 2 1/2 to 3 3/4 inches  in length. They are usually sandy gray with a off white or cream colored belly but depending on the area their fur may be from light brown to dark gray. The house mouse has a pointed nose, round body, with large ears with some hair on them.They have an almost hairless tail that can be up to 4 inches long. Overall length nose to end of tail can reach almost 8 inches. 

Some people may find the house mouse to be cute but don’t be fooled. House mice are more than just a nuisance pest. They pose significant health risks and even property damage. 

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Are house mice dangerous?

Mice can be quite dangerous to people and property. Mice are known to carry and spread salmonella through their feces. The bacteria Salmonella, which causes vomiting and diarrhea, is commonly spread by rats and mice. Diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain are all symptoms of Salmonella poisoning. 

Tiny droplets of mouse urine may cause allergies in children and babies. Inhaling dust with dried mouse feces in it can cause allergy and or asthma flare ups. Mice may also carry parasites like fleas, ticks, and mites. 

Mice can also cause physical damage to your home. They will chew through just about anything to create a nesting area or to access food. They may even chew through plastic insulation on wiring. This can cause risk of fire in a home or business. 

House Mice habitat.

While some house mice may wander into fields or grasslands, they will usually return to man-made buildings and structures during cold months. Most house mice will live their entire lives in close proximity to humans. House mice prefer a dark, secluded area where they can build nests from things like insulation, fabrics, packing material, paper products, or anything else they can easily scavenge. You will usually find them nesting near a food source. 

How do I get rid of mice?

Getting rid of any mice infestation can be quite difficult to do on your own. Even knowing the right products to use, you still need to understand how to use them and where to use them along with needing to understand rodent behavior. These are things that pest control professionals spend hours and hours in class and real world situations to learn. The improper use of some rodent control products can actually lead to serious health risks and even death. Do not use professional pest control products from a DIY Pest Control place unless you know what you are doing. 

How can I prevent house mice problems at my home or business?

Start off with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any mice problems in your home. 

  • Seal up any cracks or openings in the foundation or exterior of your home or building structure. 
  • Make sure your chimney cap seals tightly on your homes chimney.
  • Add tight fitting metal screen or mesh behind attic vents and louvers.
  • Inspect roof line for any holes and repair if necessary. 
  • Keep tree limbs and vines trimmed away from the roof. 
  • Seal around windows and doors with caulking. 
  • Make sure door sweeps are in place on all doors including garage doors. 
  • Remove trash from your home regularly and place it in an outdoor trash can with a tight lid at least 20 ft from the structure.  

If you suspect a mouse problem contact Walker Pest Management for a free quote

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