There are many species of the small mammal belonging to the rodent order. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse (Mus musculus). The house mouse is light brown to gray and reaches 3 ½ inches long; its tail is as long as its body. The house mouse has a pointed nose and large ears. In general, mice are a type of rodent and are characterized by having two incisors which must be kept short by gnawing as they grow continuously.
Mice can enter a home or building through a crack as small as 1/4 inch. Although it is more common to find them nesting and living outdoors, it is common for them to stay in buildings and properties if there is adequate food and water as well as conditions that are ideal for nesting.
The damage done by mice is far out of proportion to their small size since they like to “nibble” on numerous items. When feeding, a single mouse can contaminate many packages of food by gnawing and also by depositing urine and fecal droppings on them. They can also cause major structural damage and gnaw on electrical wires. Mice, like other rodents, are known vectors of many serious health conditions including salmonella and dysentery.
Getting rid of mice is very difficult as they are naturally shy creatures and tend to be most active at night. Contacting Guardian Pest Solutions at the first sign of a mouse infestation is the most effective way to ensure your property is kept free of mice.
There’s no shortage of do-it-yourself mouse control measures available for consumers; however, they are not usually effective and fail to completely eliminate mice on your property. These products may contain chemicals that can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly.
Trimming trees and bushes so the branches don’t touch or come into contact with your home can help prevent mouse problems. Also, sealing any holes or cracks around your foundation can deter these rodents. If mice have infested your property, call Guardian Pest Solutions as soon as you spot them to prevent a larger mouse infestation.