Mouse Identification

Common house mouse

As their name suggests the house mouse is a species of mouse that can commonly be found invading homes and other structures, especially during the colder late fall and winter months.  Over time house mice have become somewhat reliant on people for food, water, and shelter sources.   Adult house mice have a dusty grayish colored body with a lighter cream colored belly.  They can grow to be between 2 ½- 3 ¾ in length, not including their tail.  They have a distinctive round body with small dark eyes; their large ears and tail are covered in a fine coat of hair.

Deer Mouse

Adult deer mice are slightly larger than house mice; and their bodies can reach 3-5 inches in length not including their tails.  They have a brown to black colored body with white feet and a white underbelly.  They also have big ears, and very large black eyes.  Deer mice are most often found living outdoors in hollow trees, logs, and other rural areas; they will sometimes find their way indoors and will typically inhabit attics and other undisturbed spaces.

Dangers Associated With Mice

Mice chew on things non-stop in order to prevent their front incisors from overgrowing; if they are in your home, they will destroy and chew through things like wires, pipes, drywall, flooring, furniture, clothing, pictures, and books.

Along with damaging property mice will leave a trail of urine and feces wherever they travel through your home, and feed on and contaminate food stored in your kitchen and pantry areas.  Mice are responsible for carrying and transmitting diseases that include Salmonella, Leptospirosis, and the very serious Hantavirus; they will also introduce other parasites like fleas and mites into your home.

Mouse Prevention

Preventing mice from getting into your home and taking up residence is important if you want to avoid the dangers previously mentioned.

Ways to deter and prevent mice from getting into your home:

  • Make sure that any cracks or crevices in your home’s foundation are sealed; remember mice can squeeze through a hole the diameter of a pencil!  Also, make sure that gaps found around windows or doors and spaces around utility entrances are also sealed or caulked.
  • Reduce their access to water by fixing leaky pipes or fixtures within your home and make sure that gutters are clear and not collecting rain water.
  • Limit food sources by storing food in the refrigerator or in sealed containers instead of out in the open on counters or tables.  Pick up uneaten pet food.
  • Reduce the amount of clutter found in storage areas like basements, attics, and closets; the less space they have to hide in the easier it will be to find them.
  • Make sure that outdoors trash cans are stored a distance away from the exterior of your home and that they have tight fitting lids on them.
  • It is also a good idea to trim back trees and shrubs from the exterior of your home and place woodpiles away from the outside of your home.

House and deer mice are the most common mice that come indoors in New Jersey. Damaging wires, insulation and other household items is their mode of operation. They are responsible for transmitting diseases with their waste and carrying parasites like fleas, mites and lice.

Bites or Stings

Contaminates Food

Damages Structures

Difficult to Eradicate

Hazard to Health

Spreads Illness

Structure Invading

Mice activity increases in the fall months when they are searching for a warm winter shelter but, they are a year round concern that is best controlled with a year round pest prevention program.

Mouse Control

If mice have gotten into your home, the best way to get rid of them safely and humanely is with the help of ChemTec’s professionals.  The do-it-yourself mouse control options found at big box stores are generally not effective and do nothing to fix the how and why mice are entering your home.

At ChemTec our rodent control specialists will be able to find and remove mice and their nesting areas from your home through our year-round home pest control services.  ChemTec’s home pest control services will give you peace of mind knowing that mice and other common household pests are not making their home in your home.

For more information about how ChemTec can help to control mice through our home pest control services contact us today!

Additional Mouse Articles

The Difference Between Mice And Rats

What’s Making Those Noises In My Attic At Night?

Common New Jersey Rodents

Why Mice Move Indoors

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