All About Mice

All the mouse information you need in one handy spot.

Mouse Facts & Information

Deer mice, similar to white-footed mice, are a common rodent found in the northeastern United States. Deer mice have deer-like brown and white fur, while white footed mice take their name from the hue of their paws. Unfortunately, these names don’t help with identification since deer mice have white feet as well, and white footed mice can also be brown and white. House mice are typically dusty gray with cream-colored bellies. Fur color varies from light brown to dark gray depending on the mouse’s location. All mice have long tails, though!

Deer mice are similar to white-footed mice and are a common rodent found in the northeastern United States. Deer mice have deer-like brown and white fur, while white footed mice take their name from the hue of their paws. Unfortunately, they are very similar in look, so an Entomologist’s eye is necessary to properly identify the mouse – and therefore use the correct pest control solution.

How Do I Get Rid of Mice

Getting rid of mice is really best done by a professional exterminator. Mouse traps are widely available but really should be handled by a professional. And pesticides certainly shouldn’t be handled by anyone not licensed to do so. So, if you do have mice in your house, bring in a pest control company to take care of them.

There are things you can do to keep mice out of your home, though. A mouse can fit through a hole about the size of a dime (or a pencil), so make sure any cracks or holes are filled in. If possible, seal off/plug outdoor holes with rodent-proof materials (copper mesh, hardware cloth, and silicone sealant). Have door sweeps installed under doors. Keep in mind that many mice come in the same way you do – through an open door! Be sure to close doors and have screen doors installed if you want the fresh air. Also, keep food in air tight containers (they can chew through cardboard) and clean up spills and crumbs immediately so you don’t attract mice to your home in the first place.

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How do mice get in my house?

Due to their body shape, mice are capable of fitting through holes much smaller than they look like they should! Mice may also enter the home through gaps in windows or ceilings, as well as through sewer lines. If drainage pipes are not properly sealed, mice may enter homes through sink or bathtub drains.

How quickly do mice reproduce?

With a short gestation period of just about 21 days, one female mouse can give birth to 5-6 babies. A typical female mouse can birth between five and 10 litters per year. She can mate immediately after giving birth, meaning mice can birth a second litter in as little as 25 days after the first.

Do mice live in groups?

Outdoors, mice are territorial and often live alone, but in a confined structure (like your home’s basement, maybe), mice do tend to live in groups. These groups are normally dominated by an alpha male and there is a social hierarchy in place. So, if you see one mouse in your house… there are certainly more around.

What are some signs of a mouse infestation?

Some signs of a mouse infestation in your house are small droppings, a foul odor, gnaw marks, rodent runways (grease marks they leave on walls as they navigate through the home), and the sound of scratching or scampering. If you see or hear any of these, contact a mouse pest control company before they multiply more!

Do mice carry diseases?

Yes. Most wild animals do but this particular wild animal can and will come into your home! Some mice and rats can carry harmful diseases, such as HPS, Leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, plague, and typhus.

What do mice eat?

Mice will eat a variety of things, including food crumbs, seeds, and insects. They are constantly foraging for food and can eat up to 20 times their body weight in a single day.

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