What To Know
Mice are small rodents about 5-7 inches long (including tail) with large ears, small black eyes, and oversized front teeth for gnawing and biting. They are typically light brownish to grey in color. Highly adaptable, they can live in open fields, farms, inside and around homes and commercial buildings. They are nocturnal but can be seen during the day as well.
House mice are one of the most costly and harmful species of rodents in the U.S. Mice have a high breeding capacity. One single female mouse can reproduce as many as 60 mice in a year with each subsequent female able to reproduce within 6-10 weeks. Therefore, infestation can happen quickly and can be highly destructive to your property, buildings, and homes. Mice can cause serious property damage – even electrical fires if they chew through wiring.
Mice are great at contaminating everything they come into contact with. They can transmit bacteria, viruses, and diseases through their saliva, feces, and urine. Certain mice can be carriers of the deadly hantavirus so be sure to call My Pest Control at the first sign of infestation. Mice can bite so don’t attempt to touch them. Mice also consume and contaminate human, pet, and livestock food. They prefer cereal grains but will nibble on all types of foods.
Because of their body structure, mice are able to quickly travel both vertically and horizontally. They can jump up to a foot onto a flat surface and squeeze into very small openings. Mice tend to move into homes and buildings in the fall when the temperatures drop looking for food, water, and warmth. They build nests by shredding cardboard or paper typically in a sheltered location like behind baseboards, inside walls, crawl spaces, basements, or attics. Mice can be highly invasive and highly hazardous – both to your health and your finances.
What To Look For
- Gnaw marks
- Mouse nests
- Musky odor
- Sounds of scurrying
- One mouse can indicate an infestation
What To Do
Call the professionals @ My Pest Control: (303) 343-1701