House Mouse

The house mouse can squeeze through an opening the size of a dime.

Mice are light to dark gray in color

Weighs to 1 ounce or less

Small, slender rodent with droppings that are rod shaped and inch in size or less

The house mouse lives in and around homes, farms, and commercial establishments

Generally maintain a territory 10 to 30 feet in size

Move into structures in search of shelter and food each fall when temperatures start dropping

Prefer foods high in fat, protein, or sugar

Can subsist without a free water supply they obtain water from the foods they eat

Teeth grow continuously

Gnaw on many surfaces to wear them down can cause extensive damage
Contamination

Difficult problems generally calls for the use of snap traps or glueboards
Use traps in large numbers wherever you find droppings, food sources, and signs of gnawing

Mouse traps should be placed perpendicular and close to the wall, behind furniture, and behind or to the side of large appliances

A line or concentration of droppings is usually an indication of a rodent runway; mice repeatedly travel back and forth across the area, and this runway is an excellent location to place traps

Look for openings in the wall behind stoves and under dishwashers or adjacent cabinets, these are frequently entrance points for rodents; traps placed to either side of the opening can give quick results

Drop ceilings are also a very common area for rodent runways; In a drop ceiling, mice will travel along under ducts and near electrical lines as well as the walls

Exclusion work on the exterior should be done with copper or steel wool, foam, and small wire mesh

Can squeeze through an opening the size of a dime, so entrance points should be sealed thoroughly

Proper weather stripping and exterior doors that close tightly will reduce both insect and rodent problems