Mouse Identification

Although a number of mouse species dwell outside, several have become household pests. The meadow mouse, house mouse and deer mouse all nest within human homes. Of these, the house mouse is the most common.

House mice can survive in the presence of very little water and reduced food supplies. Typically entering a home through openings within the walls and floors, house mice are capable of passing through holes as small as 1/4-inch in diameter. They may utilize horizontal wires for mobility throughout a structure and can jump over a foot in height. House mice are very fast runners.

House mice prefer sweet foods but will feed on what is available to them. These rodents can be disease carriers and cause destruction to homes and food supplies. After locating the entry and nesting points for house mice, they should be plugged with cement or steel wool to prevent further infestation.

Prior to administering any pest control treatment, it is important to properly identify the species with which you are contending. Pest control professionals perform thorough inspections and are trained to recognize infestations and implement the most effective extermination strategy for your problem population.