House Mouse

Appearance

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

Color

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

Size

From 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches long.

Habitat

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

Interesting facts

Mice have amazing reproductive capabilities. With a short gestation period of just about three weeks, one mouse can give birth to 5-6 babies.  Check out the graphic below to see how fast that can add up over the course of a year.  

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How does Batzner get rid of mice?

Batzner 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 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/mend 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
  • 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.
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