MICE (4)

Mice are small rodents belonging to the genus Mus. They are highly adaptable creatures found worldwide and are known for their ability to reproduce quickly and thrive in various environments. Mice have rounded bodies, pointy snouts, and long tails. They come in different species, but the most common and widely encountered is the house mouse (Mus musculus).

Mice are generally active during the night, making them nocturnal creatures. However, they can also be active during the day if they feel safe and undisturbed. Mice are known for their agility and ability to squeeze through small openings, which allows them to explore their surroundings, find food, and build nests.

Their favorite environments include:

  1. Homes and Buildings: Mice often seek shelter in homes, buildings, or other structures that provide warmth, protection, and easy access to food and water sources. They can nest in walls, attics, basements, and hidden areas.
  2. Food Storage Areas: Mice are attracted to areas where food is stored or readily available. They can infest kitchens, pantries, and areas with open food containers, crumbs, or spills.
  3. Outdoor Environments: Mice are also found in outdoor environments, such as gardens, fields, barns, and sheds. They may build nests in vegetation, burrows, or structures that provide them with suitable shelter.

There are several species and subspecies of mice, but the most common and widely recognized types include:

  1. House Mouse (Mus musculus): House mice are small rodents with a body length of about 2.5 to 4 inches (6 to 10 centimeters) excluding the tail. They have a pointed snout, large ears, and a long, thin tail. House mice are excellent climbers and are adapted to living near humans.
  2. Deer Mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus): Deer mice are slightly larger than house mice and have a similar body shape. They are known for their bi-colored fur, with a darker back and lighter belly. Deer mice are often found in rural areas and can be carriers of hantavirus.
  3. White-Footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus): White-footed mice are small rodents with a body length of about 3.5 to 4.5 inches (9 to 11 centimeters) excluding the tail. They have brownish-gray fur and distinctive white feet. White-footed mice are commonly found in wooded areas and are known to be carriers of Lyme disease.

Controlling mice infestations typically involves sealing entry points, removing food sources, and implementing trapping or baiting methods to eliminate the rodents. It is important to address mouse infestations promptly as they can cause damage to property, contaminate food, and transmit diseases. Seeking professional pest control assistance may be necessary in severe infestations.

The best way to avoid invasions of mice is to provide as little harborage as possible that might attract rodents, and seal as many holes and cracks in the outside of the home through which mice might enter. We, Smart Pest Control, carefully examine our customers premiseses and find all the cracks, holes which the mice use to get in inside and we properly seal those areas with metal mash and silicone. Also we use professional baits/poisons which the customers cannot buy themselves.

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