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How To Control House Micehouse mouse

If you have been startled while walking in the kitchen by a creature scurrying across the floor, it’s safe to say that it was a house mouse that was making a mad dash. The house mouse is the most common rodent in the United States and it is usually around the fall and winter times when the weather is colder that mice begin venturing on indoors to seek warmth and shelter. These uninvited guests may be small but if left to themselves they can create significant damage for frustrated homeowners.

The average house mouse is about 2 inches long if you don’t count their often hairless tail. A mouse’s tail accounts for over half of it’s body length. House mice are usually varying shades of brown, have four legs, large ears and whiskers. House mice are notorious for multiplying at alarming rates that can very quickly get out of control.

House mice are known by such a name because of their affinity for living close to people. Mice have adapted in such a way where they prefer to live amongst us and enjoy the food we eat and the shelters we reside in. House mice found in the house should be controlled immediately as they can multiply quickly, contaminate foods with their droppings and urine and can transmit diseases. While rats are more harmful to humans than mice, mice can cause far greater damage to clothing, furniture, books, and many other household items.

If you have house mice scurrying around your home, you need to act fast. Solutions Pest and Lawn has all the products you need to eliminate these rodents and also provide free how-to advice from our DIY pest control experts. Browse our house mouse control products below and as always, if you have any questions or concerns or would like some more detailed how-to advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via phone, live chat or email.

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How To Get Rid of House Mice: 4 Step Solution

Controlling house mice or any rodent for that matter is an ongoing process as they can travel from near and from far to seek out your home for shelter. At Solutions Pest and Lawn, we not only have all the items you need to successfully put together a control program, but we also offer simple how-to advice either on our website or with a live expert to guide you in tackling your house mouse issue the right way. There are three main steps when it comes to eliminating a house mouse infestation: sanitation, control methods like traps and baits, and then mouse-proofing your home with exclusion measures.


Step 1: Identification. Are you sure that the rodent you saw in your home is, in fact, a mouse? These pests usually scurry so quickly that you aren't able to tell by their characteristics what they are. However, there are some easy ways to ID that the pest you see is a mouse. A house mouse is much smaller than a rat. Their body is between 2 to 3 inches long and their tail is 3 to 4 inches long. Their droppings are also smaller compared to larger rat feces.Once you are able to confirm that you are encountering a mouse in your home, you can then move toward a more focused program for treating a mouse infestation.


Step 2: Inspection. After you are certain that you are dealing with house mice in your home, you next need to do a thorough inspection of your home to see where the mice are frequenting and gathering. Their high activity areas may be indoors between wall voids, the kitchen, or even outdoors. Check for mouse droppings and listen for squeaks and noises, particularly at night when mice are the most active and are gnawing and communicating amongst one another. After that, you will need to sanitize your home thoroughly to make it so that the mice do not have any food and water sources out in the open for them to enjoy. Reduce clutter as much as possible, vacuum, sweep-up and mop up food crumbs and grease and oils around the kitchen.


Step 3: Control. Once a detailed inspection and sanitation has been done to your home, you can then lay out baits and traps. Mice will be eager to take any bait you leave out if you did a good job with sanitation as there would be no other food that they can swipe up and eat. We have a variety of baits to choose from as well as effective traps both lethal and non-lethal. We suggest using Eratication bait blocks placed inside an Aegis Bait station or JT Eaton glueboards. Place traps near walls with an appealing bait.  Another option is to use a mechanical Snap-E trap for mice. Place up against a wall for it to deal a lethal blow to rodents. We also recommend laying out bait outdoors rather than indoors to prevent mice from dying from the bait indoors in an area where its hard to grab and dispose of them.


Step 4: Prevention. At this point, those rodents around your home have been caught or poisoned. Before you go patting yourself on the back for a job well done, you need to carry out an exclusion routine to discourage house mice to seek out your home in the future. Seal gaps and holes with black foam or Stuf-It Copper Mesh. Maintain a clean and sanitary home, take out trash regularly, seal gaps and holes in your home which would be used as a point of entry with caulking. Exclusion measures is an ongoing process if you don’t want to deal with another house mouse indoors again.


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house mouse invadingLearn More About House Mice

The house mouse (mus domesticus) is a small mammal of is a small mammal of the rodent family and is distinguished by having the traits of a a pointed snout, small rounded ears, and a long naked or nearly hairless tail. It is one of the most common species of the genus "Mus". While it is a wild animal, the house mouse has adapted itself to have a preference of living in close proximity with people.


The house mouse as long been domesticated in various fashions. Some people take them as pets and scientists use them in the laboratory for research experiments which have to do with biology and medicine. So it's no wonder why mice want to stick close to us, because they get plenty of what they need to survive in our homes while also benefitting from less risk of predators to go after them if they were in the wild.


House mice bodies are about 7.5 inches total in length with most of the length coming from their long tail.  They are found in the wild in colors like light or dark brown, but in domesticated settings, they have a more varied palette of colors such as white to gray or black. House mice have short hair and some, but not all, sub-species have a light colored belly. The ears and tail have little hair. House mice move very quickly, running 12 feet per second and can jump up as high as a foot. House mice are also known for their high pitched squeaking noise they make.


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House Mouse Habits and Behavior

In the wild, mice survive off of fruits, seeds and grains but in domestic settings, the house mouse has a buffet of goodies it likes to feast on, so watch out for your pantries!

Mice infestation in homes have been known to live off of grains, crumbs and food that have been left out. The vast assortment of food they can come across help them in the reproduction as they will breed all year round and pump out as much as 10 litters of baby mice in a year.


Around 20 days after mating, a baby mouse is born and already ready to mate and reproduce the next generation in as quickly as two months, making infestations large in very little time. 

Because of their insatiable appetites, even a small invasion of mice can deal some considerable damage and contaminate foods that have not been properly stored and sealed with feces, urine, and saliva.

Quick-moving climbers and jumpers, a house mouse can easily enter your home through the smallest of cracks and holes. They can even wiggle their way into a hole as small as a penny and get through. This is why a large part of mouse control is exclusion via using products like Pest Control Black Foam and Stuff-it Copper Mesh.

Mouse Infestation Health Risksmice contaminating food

Yeah, we know, mice look adorable, but the health hazards they bring definitely aren't cute. They're downright dangerous. Even the smallest traces of urine house mice leave behinds can make children allergic. Aside from this mice can bring other harmful pests like fleas, mites, ticks, and lice into your home.


Though rare, mice can be carriers of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), a severe respiratory disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva. Anyone who comes into contact with the Hantavirus is at risk for HPS, and humans can contract the disease just by merely breathing in airborne virus.


To keep from contracting HPS and other potential diseases mice may carry, always clean up rodent urine or droppings with a wet mop. Avoid cleaning methods like vacuuming, which could permeate the rodent urine or feces into the air causing further spread of the disease.

signs of infestationWarning Signs You May Have A Mouse Infestation

If you're not sure whether that noise you've been hearing is a mouse in your house or not, you may have to break out the flashlight and check to make sure for certain if mice are present by keeping a close eye on the following evidence:

  • * Small quarter inch droppings which are pointed at both ends
  • * Gnawed or chewed wires, plastic or furniture
  • * Rodent sightings
  • * Musky odors, particularly around nesting areas
  • * Nests made of shredded fibers and found materials like shoeboxes and storage crates
  • * The strong smell of urine.
  • * Small tooth marks which look similar to scratches
  • * Dime-sized gnawed holes
  • * Hearing squeaking and scurrying, especially at night
  • * Unusual pet behavior
  • * Oily rub marks along walls and other rodent pathways

Fresh droppings of house mice have a shiny, putty-like texture while older feces are hard and crumbly. Various sizes of droppings is a big indicator that there are younger mice and adults which is a sign of a large infestation which would be very concerning. Where these droppings are found will give you a clue as to where you should place bait and traps.


Mice are most active at night and can be usually heard around bedtime when the house is quiet making scratching sounds as they run inside walls, along floors, foundations, ledges, pipes, electrical wires, tree branches and fence rails.


If you have a pet that is acting odd, it may be because they recognize that an infestation is present before you do. They may pick up on strange new odors within the home,  and begin to bark, become alert or begin to paw at spaces beneath refrigerators, stoves or other furniture.


Entering homes through tiny holes and cracks, it doesn’t take much to sustain these little rodents — they can be sufficiently satisfied off of crumbs. And while you may not notice the presence of one or two mice, you may soon end up with a full-blown infestation that cannot be ignored.


Mouse Prevention Suggestions

To prevent mice from invading, clean your home and remove any clutter where mice could use as a hiding spot such as piles of clothing, books and cardboard boxes, which make a perfect nest.


Wash floors and vacuum carpets to get rid of any crumbs and hairballs that could serve as meals or nesting materials. Tightly seal trash cans with a lid, wash dishes, clean up spills, put away pet food and store all foods in sealed storage containers off the floor.


Outdoors, rake up any stray nuts and berries, remove leaf litter, store firewood away from your home, keep birdseed in their feeders and seal trash cans.


Be sure to inspect the exterior of your home and seal any cracks where mice could enter. As we said earlier, Pest Control Black Foam and Stuff-it Copper Mesh are great tools for exclusion.

How to Remove Mice From Your Hometrapping mice in the home

Mice won't want to leave your home if there's access to plenty of food and they feel safe. To prevent an infestation, setting up multiple mousetraps indoors can stop an infestation before it gets out of hand.


Whether you wish to use humane traps or lethal snap mousetraps, place traps along baseboards and walls, where live mice are known to travel. Check the traps daily and remove and reset whenever necessary. You can stop laying out traps once you stop seeing droppings for several days.

Additional Resources on House Mice

Prevention and control of house mice, Mus musculus


House Mice Profile - Control & Identification of Mice - PestWorld.org




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