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House Mice

What do house mice look like?

small brown house mouse in a long island home

House mice are a small sized rodent with gray, brown, or black colored fur and a lighter cream or tan colored underside.  The house mouse ranges in length from 5 ½- 7 inches including their tail.  House mice have large ears and a tail that is covered in a light layer of velvety fur. Their eyes are very small and dark.  Another more unpleasant but common thing associated with house mice is their droppings which are rod shaped, pointed at both ends, and dark in color.

House mice behaviors

House mice are considered to be commensal rodents; this means that over time they have at least partially started to rely on people for their food, water, and shelter sources.  House mice can be found living in homes and commercial buildings, on farms, in fields, in lawns, and basically anywhere people can be found.

House mice often enter homes while looking for food and nesting areas, especially in fall when they are looking for winter shelter.  Once inside of a home or other building, house mice can be found living and nesting behind walls, in attics, basements, crawlspaces, and even behind large appliances.  

Are house mice dangerous?

Yes, house mice are considered to be a dangerous! Not only are mice dangerous to people, they are dangerous to the structural integrity of buildings.  Mice will chew through and damage things like wires, pipes, insulation, flooring, and drywall. Mice can also damage pictures, furniture, flooring, clothing, and other personal items.

Along with damaging property and things, mice carry and transmit a variety of serious diseases including: the very serious Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, and Lymphocytic diseases. Mice can introduce parasites like fleas, mites, and ticks, and the diseases they carry, into your home. Also, their urine can trigger allergic reactions in some people.

Can Suburban help with a house mouse problem?

Yes, we can help to eliminate house mice from your home through either our Seasonal Pest Protection Plan, or through our green services.  The Seasonal Pest Protection Plan provides you with many things including: customized service appointments, unlimited service calls, regularly scheduled preventative services, inspections completed by our professionally trained and licensed technicians, and of course the peace of mind that all of our products are used with your children and pets in mind!

Our green services focus on inspection, monitoring, mechanical, and sanitary measures to control and get rid of mice and other pests.  We also promise that any products used will be green or organic in nature.

For more information about our rodent control services, or to schedule your free inspection, call Suburban Exterminating today!

House mouse prevention tips

Along with putting into place a year-round pest control service, there are a few things that you can do to protect your home from a house mouse infestation.  Seal any openings around your home like cracks and crevices in the foundation and gaps found around windows and doors.  Place a tight fitting cap on all chimneys and make sure vent covers are secure and that loose or missing roof shingles are repaired. It can also be helpful to keep tight fitting lids on outdoor trash cans and to trim back trees and bushes from the outside of your home.  

Inside your home, make sure that food is stored in sealed containers or in the refrigerator. Be sure that spills and crumbs are cleaned up quickly, remove trash, and wash dirty dishes in a timely manner.   

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