Pest Facts: House Mice

House Mice

House Mice (Mus domesticus)

Color:Light brown to black
Legs:Four
Shape:Round
Size:2 inches long
Antennae:No
Flight:No

House mice are found in all 50 states.

Nearly any home or business has hosted the house mouse. Some have even been domesticated.

Habits
The house mouse is a small rodent, weighing less than an ounce. House mice easily adapt to living in close proximity to humans. They prefer to eat seeds and nuts, but constantly nibble on things to find food sources.

Habitat
House mice will make a home in any structure. When the weather allows, they nest in open fields, moving into the nearest building when it becomes cold.

Threats
House mice can be a terrible nuisance, contaminating food, gnawing anything and everything, and leaving droppings throughout your home or business. They also carry some diseases.

Prevention
Eliminate piles of debris around your home or business to discourage nesting. Keep possible entrances tightly sealed. Food should be stored in airtight containers and crumbs should be cleaned up immediately. House mice are prolific breeders and if you find an infestation you should call a pest control agency as soon as possible.

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