The house mouse will choose and create nests in suitable areas in and around your home. In and under furniture, in closets, under appliances, and even in walls – Mice can access seemingly inaccessible areas to nest and store food. Signs of mice in your home include visible cues, such as droppings on counters, floors and inside cabinets, and also damage to bags of food and other items that mice may attempt to access by chewing through. Other indicators may be odors from concealed mouse feces or carcasses, sounds from their travels and also odd behavior from pets. Identifying and counteracting a mouse infestation with a combination or professional products, and habitat changes, will reduce the population and limit future issue.
A mouse has a body length of 5-9 inches with a tail of 2-4 inches, and weighing less than a pound. Typically a grayish-brown color, mice will have large ears and a long, hairless tail. The house mouse is sometimes confused with juvenile rats, but you can tell the difference because a young rats head and feet will look very large and out of proportion compared to those on the mouse.
Mouse control begins with ensuring that their food source is as limited as possible. Keep pet food off the floors at night, as this is an easy target. Secure cabinet food goods within plastic containers, and clean any crumbs or remnants that a mouse may locate. Inspect desk drawers, under furniture, and in any small spots that may be hiding a food stash, remove and discard.
An array of professional products are available, including glueboards, humane traps, and rodenticides. Labeled instructions for use should be adhered to, and depending on the severity of an infestation a combination of these methods can be deployed.
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