The house mouse is probably the most encountered of the pest rodents that invade our communities; the Norway rat is the second. That is where they get their common name from because they are often found invading residential areas. House mice are not just the frustrating nuisance, but they are known to damage and destroy all sorts of materials inside the house by gnawing at the wires, wood, and other surfaces. Furthermore, house mice eat and also contaminate the same food that people eat and are a huge health threat because they are common vectors of disease. House mice are now found all over the world including the United States.
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House mice are about 2.5 to 3.5 inches long from their heads to the ends of their bodies. The length of the tail is just as long as their entire body stretching about 2.75 to 4 inches long. They vary in weight but will weigh about half an ounce to 1 ounce. House mice do not have a fuzzy appearance; instead their coat of fur is very smooth. Usually they are a grayish brown color on top. Some mice are light brown on top. The colors of the bellies are light gray to a creamy white color. However, living conditions can affect the color of their fur and so most of the time the color of house mice will vary on the location of where they are invading. Their snouts are points and house mice are known to have beady, small eyes. Their ears protrude out and are large with a little bit of fur on the ears. They have short and broad feet that are usually light in color compared to the rest of their body. They have a long tail that is uniformly dark in color.
There are several key signs that should alert homeowners of a mouse infestation:
There are a few things that homeowners must remember for control to be effective. Effective control will be based on the habits or behavior of the mice. Most of the standard rodent control methods will work for house mice, however, consider some of the following tips when planning a house mouse control program:
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