of the most common type of rodent we home owners deal with
is the House Mouse. The house mouse is slender, has a long
bare tail, its ears are almost bare of hair and its belly is
lightly colored. The house mouse does not need to drink
water. It can obtain all necessary moisture from its food.
It can squeeze through openings that are only 1/4" wide. It
can climb very well, can jump straight up about 18" and can
swim. It likes to stay against vertical surfaces. The house
mouse is a very curious animal. It will quickly investigate objects
that are placed within its environment. If all of its needs
are meet, food, shelter and sufficient moisture, it may not
travel more than 10' from its nest. It is a creature of
habit and follows known pathways and prefers undisturbed
The house mouse can cause
several problems for home owners. Gnawing by mice can be an
expensive problem. Mice have incisor teeth which grow
continually. Gnawing is a way for them to keep their teeth
worn down. Mice have been known to chew through wood, hard
plastic, boxes, furniture and electrical wires.
So what can you do to help
prevent these unwanted guests? Here are some possible steps
you can do to help. You need to make your home as uninviting
as you can. Remove any piles of debris or material that are
stacked near or adjacent to your home. Mice use these areas
to scurry to quickly when seeking an area to live. Keep
large shrubs trimmed properly and keep ground covers such as
ivy away from the exterior of the structure. Inspect the
exterior of your home and look for areas as small as 1/4"
that would allow a mouse to enter. These could be areas such
as cracks under doors, around windows, holes where pipes or
wires enter your home, or screens that are torn or missing
on the crawl space areas of some homes.
These openings must be closed.
Steel wool can be used in small holes. Repair torn or
missing screens and damaged wood.
The house mouse prefers to eat
grains and nuts so anything made with these products are
very enticing. Dog food is a perfect example of a delicacy
mice love. Store the dog food in sealed containers. If mice
cannot find food in your home, they will not stay there.
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