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House Mouse

Have short hair and light belly. The ears and tail have little hair.

Dark gray or brownish with a light gray stomach or sandy brown color.

From 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches in length.

Found in and around homes, commercial structures, and in open fields and agricultural lands.

Interesting Facts
Can transmit pathogens that cause diseases such as salmonellosis.

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Pest Database : Rodents : House Mouse

What does a house mouse look like?

The house mouse is a commensal rodent, literally meaning to "share one's table". The house mouse is a light brownish to gray in color. From nose to tail, it is
5 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches in length and weighs 1/2 ounce. The house mouse has relatively large ears and small black eyes. Their vision is poor and they are color blind. However, the house mouse has very keen senses of smell, taste, touch, and hearing. They can find their way in total darkness by memorizing pathways.

How did the house mouse invade my home/business?

The house mouse is a very agile creature. They are excellent climbers and can run up any rough vertical surface. They will also run horizontally along wire cables or ropes and can jump up to 12 inches from the floor onto a flat surface. Mice can squeeze through openings as small as ΒΌ inch across. That's equivalent to the diameter of a pencil eraser.

How can I tell if I have mice?

Droppings, fresh gnaw marks and tracks are some indications that there may be a mouse problem. Mice are very good at making themselves at home in man's environment. They eat grains and seeds outdoors, but once inside they will eat almost anything. A female mouse will produce about 5-10 litters in one year, with 5 or 6 young per litter. The young are born 19-21 days after mating and they reach reproductive maturity in only 6-10 weeks. The average life span of a house mouse is one year.

Can mice harm my family or employees?

The house mouse is harmful to humans because of its undesirable habits. Mice eat, damage and contaminate our food, and spread disease. Rodents consume or contaminate about 20% of the world's overall food supply.

Although the house mouse has not been shown to carry the deadly Hantavirus, it has been found to transmit lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), rabies, salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and plague, as well as many other harmful ailments. They also carry fleas, ticks and other ectoparasites, which potentially can spread diseases, into buildings.

Can mice cause damage to my property?

The house mouse can cause expensive structural damage with their constant gnawing on walls, wood, siding, plastics, and even cinderblock and aluminum. They have also caused fires in homes and commercial buildings from chewing on electrical wires.

How does Batzner get rid of mice?

Batzner Pest Management service professionals are highly trained to conduct a thorough inspection to find evidence of the house mouse. There are numerous methods available (baits, traps, glueboards) to eliminate mice, but in order to prevent more mouse problems, it is important to find the places where they're getting in. Sanitation, exclusion, and population reduction are the keys to eradicating a mouse population.

Although good sanitation will seldom completely control mice, poor sanitation will invite mice and allow them to increase their population. Mice can be very innovative in their attempts to enter a dwelling. They will move along the outside perimeter of a building until they find an opening or crack, and then sneak right in.

A Batzner Pest Management Service Professional will perform a service to eliminate the mice from your home and will make sanitation and repair recommendations to help prevent future problems.

What steps can I take to control or prevent mice myself?

The best way to control a house mouse population is to prevent them from getting in or exclude them. Simple preventative steps and minor repairs will block entry ways and prevent mice and other pests from coming inside.

  • Replace broken windows
  • Keep your building or home clean -- Wash dishes and cooking utensils, and clean spilled food from food preparation areas and floors immediately. Also, dispose of any trash and clutter.
  • Caulk around utility/service pipes
  • Weather strip around doors
  • Mend broken windows
  • Repair cracks or openings in the foundation
  • Screen all vents
  • Check (or replace) floor drains and cover with wire mesh
  • Remove items that are potential nesting sites -- Remove stacks of newspapers, storage and cardboard boxes from shelves and floors. Mice can leap 12 inches vertically.
  • Remove weeds and vegetation from exterior perimeters of buildings