The common house mouse is one of the most prevalent pests throughout the United States. While they originated in Central Asia they are found all around the world. Not only are these pesky critters a nuisance but they can pose very serious health and property threats.
The average house mouse can come in a wide variety of colors. The most common colors you will see are a dingy gray with a white or cream colored under belly. Depending on where you live, your local house mice can take on a range of colors from a light brown color all the way to a dark deep gray. The common house mouse is very run of the mill when it comes to their body shape. They have four legs with a small rounded body, they have large fuzzy ears and pointed snouts and are very easily identified. They are typically fairly small ranging anywhere from 2.5 inches to 3.75 inches long. Their tails are one of the most impressive parts of their body and can grow upwards of 4 inches long.
The number one priority of a house mouse is rapid breeding. They can adapt quickly to a wide variety of environments therefore they can set up shop and begin their families just about anywhere. A female house mouse can give birth to about six babies every cycle and over 36 babies a year.
House mice are incredibly versatile and can learn to live wherever they find food and shelter. In nature they typically eat seeds, nuts, fruits, and even some insects. However when they have penetrated your homes defences they will eat just about anything in your pantry, especially grain based products such as cereal.
House mouse prevention required two things: properly sealing all entrance points to your home and vigilant inspection. There are a wide variety of signs to keep an eye out for when looking for a mouse infestation but here are some of the most common signs: gnaw marks, droppings, burrows, damaged pantry goods, and the distinct odor of their urine. If you see any signs that you may be facing a rodent infestation you may think to just run to your local hardware store and pick up some traps. While that will be effective to thin the pack numbers, it will not put an end to your infestation. Keep a keen eye out for these signs and upon discovery contact McDuffie Pest Control immediately and we will come out and perform a free and thorough inspection of your home and property. If you don’t catch a rodent infestation in its early stages you could be potentially facing thousands of dollars in property damage.