The House mouse is the most common rodent that pest control professionals are called upon to control. It should be noted that mice are the plural for mouse. Even if you see one mouse there are very good chances you have mice. Mice are very under reported by homes and businesses.
A careful visual inspection of all premises, but especially the basement, garage, and attic are favorite hangouts for mice. Normally people put out a few mouse traps in areas were
they have seen mice. This usually has no effect on the real population of mice in and around a house or business.
Mice are nibblers and will make a little damage over a broad range of area. The mouse has very good senses of touch, smell, and hearing. It can run, climb, and swim.
The nest is made of soft material in fact cotton batting if available seems to be a favorite. The nest is communal were several females raise their young at the same time.
There are usually 6 to 8 young in a litter. The mother is capable of breeding in 6 to 8 weeks and will usually average about 5 to 6 litters a year. So on the low end one mated pair
would have 30 offspring and as many as 48 offspring. The life span of a mouse is about a year. So the population of mice can grow exponentially.
People inadvertently and really unintentionally feed mice on a regular basis. The grain that you place in your bird feeder may be feeding the mouse population at night. Mice are
primarily grain feeders. The same with some grain based dog foods these can become a favorite of the mouse community.
Mice do carry disease most notably in recent years has been hantavirus, although somewhat rare this viral disease can be fatal in some individuals. (To learn more just do a search using the word hantavirus.)
Mice also contaminate everything that they urinate and defecate on. Food that has been plundered by mice should be disposed of.
Call us for an integrated pest management plan on eliminating mice.