House Mouse Pest Control
|Size||5”-8”, including tail|
|Color||Light brown to almost black; beige underbelly|
|Unique Characteristics||Large ears; known for “tripoding”|
|Other names||Fancy Mouse; Laboratory Mouse|
- When eating or fighting, they rear up on their hind legs with support from the tail. This is known as “tripoding”
- Considered to be thigomatic – they usually attempt to keep contact with vertical surfaces
- Reproduce rapidly
- Omnivorous – often making up to 200 visits to a food source in one night
- Outdoors near trees
- Indoors in wall voids, cabinets, and garages
The House Mouse is so named as it has been domesticated and is commonly found as a pet. This species of rodent is dependent upon humans for shelter, food, and water sources. When not living as a pet, house mice are found outdoors near trees or indoors in wall voids and cabinets. They feed on an omnivorous diet of seeds, leaves, roots, and stems. They rapidly reproduce with a female mouse producing between 5 and 10 litters of 5 to 12 young per year. This species of mouse is also known as a laboratory mouse, which is one of the most important model organisms in biology and medicine.
House Mouse Habitat
Given that the House Mouse is dependent on humans for shelter and survival, they can be found in areas near houses and businesses as well as inside wall voids, garages, and crawl spaces. They prefer to nest in dark, secluded areas and will seek shelter indoors during the colder months. Common nesting materials are paper products, cotton, wall insulation, and various fabrics as well as leaves and moss.
House Mouse Habits & Dangers
The most significant danger that the House Mouse poses is the transmission of hantavirus and other diseases such as salmonella. They can also cause damage to structures while tunneling and nesting in walls and crawl spaces. Mouse droppings and urine are also common issues with a mouse infestation.
They are nocturnal, so they are not often seen during the day, but their presence is known. They can be found in cabinets scrounging for food. Mice have also been known to chew through wires inside walls sparking fires.
What to do if you have a House Mouse infestation
If you think you have an infestation of House Mice in your home, give us a call! Our office staff at The Bug Man and Queen Bee can give you an estimate right over the phone and get you on the schedule as soon as possible, sometimes the next day! Our experienced technicians will thoroughly inspect your house and take all measures to eliminate the House Mouse infestation. The Bug Man and Queen Bee is a locally owned, family company and we take pride in meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Call or email for your free estimate today!