Mouse Identification & Prevention

What are mice?

Mice are small rodents that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on their exact species. These small rodents have furry bodies, large, rounded ears, pointed noses, and long, thin, hairless tails. Most mice range from two and five inches from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail, and their long tails can add an additional two to four inches to their overall body length. These rodents will eat just about anything they can find and often feed as much as twenty times in a single day. These small rodents can reproduce very rapidly and are capable of infesting your California property extensively within a matter of a few months!

Are mice dangerous?

Like most other rodents, mice constantly need hard materials to chew to keep their continually-growing front incisors worn down. When mice invade your property, they may choose to chew on furniture, baseboards, structural components of your home or business, piping, and even electrical systems and wiring. Damaged wiring systems can lead to serious house fires in some cases, and the culprits responsible for those damaged wires were mice!

In addition, if those invading mice manage to chew through any major piping in your home or business, flooding and water damage becomes a significant concern. Lastly, these rodents can carry a variety of harmful diseases and pathogens that they can pass to humans, such as hantavirus, salmonella, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, and indirectly transmitted diseases caused by mice carrying fleas, ticks, and other parasites onto your property.

Why do I have a mouse problem?

Some of the most common reasons that mice invade properties include their need for warmth, food, shelter, and nesting materials. Many property owners store food items in places where mice can easily break into and in containers that aren't rodent-proof. Often, mice take advantage of small holes or gaps they can fit into as they search for an entry point to your home or business. Mice can squeeze through spaces the size of a nickel, which many property owners tend to overlook when attempting to create a pest-free environment. If those mice get inside and find a warm, sheltered area with plenty of food, then they will have no reason to leave!

Where are mice commonly found?

You can find mice in warm, hidden, and sheltered areas both inside and outside. Outside, rodents may take shelter in the ground, between the roots trees, or underneath man-made structures like a porch or shed. Mice often use leaves, hay, and other organic materials to create their nests.

Indoors, mice often establish their nests in cabinets, attics, wall spaces, and high shelving units and will use bits of cloth, trash, cardboard, insulation, and other soft materials for their nests. While scavenging for these nesting materials, mice will often damage furniture, insulation, and personal belongings in the process.

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How do I get rid of mice?

When dealing with mice, it's often difficult or even impossible to eliminate an infestation on your own once those rodents find their way inside. However, one of the best ways to keep mice from infesting your property is to remove the things that attract them and seal any entry points they could utilize before they have a chance to invade.

There are a few things you can do to make your property less attractive to mice:

  • Keep your home and yard free of clutter.
  • Sweep up crumbs and clean up food and drink spills.
  • Cover vents with wire mesh caps.
  • Cover trash cans with tight-fitting lids.
  • Fill gaps in your home's exterior with a caulking gun.
  • Repair or replace torn window screens.
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