Mice

(Order: Rodentia)

Identification

Mice (Order: Rodentia) are small and slender with a body size ranging from 2-3.5.” The tail is about 3-4” long. The snout is pointed and the ears are large and prominent. The tail is uniformly dark, but the fur is smooth can range from light brown or gray. A mouse infestation can be detected by the presence of:

  • Live or dead rodents
  • Gnawing sounds
  • Droppings
  • Damage to food or food packaging
  • Dark rub-marks from the fur oils where the rodents frequent
  • Odors

Habits

Mice prefer to live in dark and secluded areas, such as wall voids near a source of moisture or food. Historically, rodents have been the cause of many severe outbreaks of diseases. Because of modern sanitation, antibiotics, and rodent pest management programs, rodents are not a life-threatening concern as they once were. However, mice are still medically relevant and are associated with several diseases such as Salmonella, Typhus, and Lyme disease. Additionally, their droppings and hair can contaminate food, and their gnawing habits create unsightly or serious damage in your home. If the infestation is large enough, the odors from the rodents may also become noticeable in your home or structure.

Control

Exclusion and sanitation are effective rodent prevention measures. Exclusion involves eliminating or sealing cracks, crevices, and other openings so mice will not be able to enter the home. Sanitation involves eliminating food sources such as poorly stored or spilled food, pet food and birdseeds. Rodent-proof storage containers are also an effective form of sanitation. Harborage, or suitable living areas for mice, can be reduced by eliminating clutter in attics, closets and garages.

If you are experiencing mice problems, Cook’s Pest Control offers expert treatment for the control of mice and other rodent pests. Our Pest management professionals are thoroughly trained and equipped to address your rodent issues, as well as assist with exclusion to help deter future rodent infestations.

About House Mice

  • Both mice and rats invade a home looking for food and warmth.
  • They can contaminate more food than they actually eat.
  • Rats often start colonies in attics or under porches – and they’re harder to eliminate than mice.