The house mouse is one of the most troublesome and costly rodents in the United States. They are found in and around homes and commercial structures. House mice consume and contaminate food meant for humans or pets. In addition, they cause considerable damage to structures and property, and they can transmit diseases such as salmonella.
An adult mouse can be as big as about 5 to 7 inches long, including the 3-4 inch tail. A very adaptable animal, the house mouse often lives in close association with humans, along with the Norway Rat and the Roof Rat; however, mice are more common and more difficult to control than rats.
Droppings, fresh gnaw marks, and tracks indicate areas where mice are active. Mouse nests are made from finely shredded paper or other fibrous material, usually in sheltered locations. Mice are active mostly at night, but they can be seen occasionally during daylight hours. Because house mice are so small, they can gain entry into homes and other buildings much more easily than rats. As a result, house mouse infestations are probably 10 to 20 times more common than rat infestations.
Effective control involves sanitation, exclusion, and population reduction. Sanitation and exclusion are preventive measures. When a mouse infestation already exists, some form of population reduction such as trapping or baiting is almost always necessary. A complete inspection of foundation and roof trim is necessary to figure out access of mice into a structure. A complete trapping of interior spaces where mice are known to travel with a check-back to remove dead mice is included in the price. Exclusion of access points is included in the price (unless extensive repairs are necessary) and exterior baiting is done also, as a safeguard. Tamper Proof Bait Stations are used for safety to children and pets. Rodent clean–up services and annual maintenance programs available.