House Mice

Mus musculus
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What do house mice look like?

house mouse outside a new jersey home looking for an entry point inside

House mice are easily recognized by their small body, long tail, large ears and small dark beady eyes. An adult house mouse can grow to between 51/2 and 7 inches in total length, including their tail.

Their fur ranges in color from a grayish-brown to a very dark gray or almost black color; they have a lighter colored belly that is usually tan or off-white in color. Their tail and ears are both covered in a layer of velvet-like fur.

Are house mice dangerous?

Despite what their name may say, house mice are dangerous and do not make good house guests. House mice damage property, contaminate food, and carry and transmit diseases that can affect people.

Mice constantly chew to prevent their teeth from overgrowing inside of a home they will chew through wires, pipes, drywall, flooring, food packages, and personal belongings like clothing. Illnesses that mice can transmit include Salmonellosis and dysentery.

Why do I have a house mice problem?

House mice have come to somewhat rely on people for food, water, and shelter. They will invade any property that gives them easy access to any of those three necessities. Mice can enter into homes and other buildings any time during the year, but can be particularly problematic in the fall when they are seeking a warm place to overwinter inside of. Inside of homes they will choose a location that is near food and water sources to nest in; behind appliances, walls, in attics, and behind walls voids are all locations that house mice commonly choose to live in.

Can I control house mice?

DIY mouse control treatments are more often than not ineffective, the fastest way to eliminate dangerous house mice from your home and property is with the help of the premier rodent control experts at Arrow Pest Control. Our rodent control technicians have the training, knowledge and equipment needed to quickly and safely eliminate all house mice from your home. If house mice have decided to invade your New Jersey property or home, contact the dedicated pest professionals at Arrow Pest Control today to find out more about our innovative rodent control services!

How do I make my property less attractive to house mice?

There are several steps that you can take to deter house mice from choosing your New Jersey home to be their home.

  • Inspect the exterior of your home and seal any openings found. Caulk gaps found around windows and doors and seal cracks and crevices found in the foundation. Mice can squeeze through any space that is a ¼ of an inch in diameter or more.
  • Repair loose or missing roof shingles and make sure that chimneys have tight fitting caps on them.
  • Place tight fitting covers on vents and fill in spaces found around utility entrances.
  • Place trash that is being stored outside until pick-up day, inside of containers that have tight fitting or locking lids.
  • Keep clutter to a minimum in storage areas to help limit the places they have to hide.
  • Place pet food inside of a plastic or metal container that has a tight fitting lid.
  • Inside your home sweep up crumbs and spills as quickly, routinely clean out behind large appliances.

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