House mice are a very common problem. Controlling them in your home can be an ongoing battle, but it can be won! Here’s what you need to know about the common house mouse, and what you can do to rid your home of these pests.
Is that a Mouse?
House mice can range in color from light brown to gray to black with light colored bellies, and they have a short coat of fur that extends onto their tail and ears. They can weight as little as half an ounce to a little over an ounce and grow up to nearly 8 inches long. Their dropping are rod shaped.
These little rodents normally make their homes in farm field or grassy, wooded areas. They prefer to build nests in places that are dark and will be protected from the elements, and is also close to a food source.
These little mice are very curious creatures, and they spend a lot of time exploring their territory. They like to eat seeds and nuts but are adaptable feeders and will basically eat whatever they can get their little mouse hands on.
House mice don’t hibernate, so when it starts to get chilly outside they try to find a place to move into; a place just like your house. They are attracted to your home by the smell of food and the warmth of it and they can use nearly any opening to get inside. Utility line or pipe openings and gaps beneath doors make perfect entry points for this cunning little creatures.
House mice are extremely talented in their reproduction capabilities, as you probably have heard. A single female mouse can produce up to eight litters per year, with an average of six babies per little. The pregnancy only lasts 21 days and baby mice are considered mature enough to mate at only 6 weeks old. You can imagine the sheer numbers of mice that can come from just one nest.
Mouse in the House?
There are a few key things that will let you know you’ve got a mouse infestation. You may even see one scurry across the living room rug! The biggest indicator of a mouse infestation is finding droppings. It may be easy to confuse mouse droppings with cockroach droppings, but you can usually tell by the mouse hair that may be imbedded in the droppings, as well as the fact that mouse droppings also have pointed ends.
You may also notice mouse footprints, which are generally left behind as they explore their territory. If you see tiny footprints that have a distinct pattern of four-toed at the front and five-toed at the back, that’s a mouse.
Mice like to chew and they do it on a lot of things. So, inevitably, if you have mice you will notice shavings or an accumulation of debris in an area. You may also notice teeth or gnaw marks on the corners of objects or openings to areas. You will also hear them scurrying about, especially at night. A gnawing or scratching sound from inside the wall is a sure sign there’s a mouse infestation.
House mice also have a distinct odor. They use their urine a s way to communicate with other rodents. If you’ve had a large infestation or a long-standing one, you will definitely notice an odor of mouse urine.
What You Can Do
All the cracks and crevices of your house need to be sealed up tight. Any gap larger than a pen cap needs to be sealed with cement or mixing compound so that they can’t simply chew through it to gain entry. You may also need to keep food from your counters in the kitchen. Wash the dishes immediately and store food in glass or metal containers with tight fitting lids. Leave no crumb or morsel for these pests to find!
If you already have an infestation that prevention isn’t going to help. You need a trained professional to come in and treat your home. The pest control experts at Green Army are well equipped to rid your home of the house mouse! Give them a call today!