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House Mouse Enemies

House mice are not native to North America. Rather, they originated in Central Asia and are now known to live in a variety of areas near humans. They build nests where a steady food supply is easily accessible. House mice adapt well and will consume almost any food source available to them. They need very little water to survive.

House mice fall prey to owls, hawks, cats, dogs, skunks and snakes. Barn owls are particularly efficient mice predators. A single family of these owls can consume more than a dozen mice in one night.

House mice usually live only one year in the wild due to predators and exposure to unfriendly environments. In captivity, mice may live up to three years. However, humans, through the use of pest control strategies, ranging from traps to exclusion, are also formidable house mouse foes.


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How many traps are needed for mice?


How many traps are needed for mice?

Is it a mouse or a rat?


I can't tell if I have large mice or adolescent rats.

What can we do about the mice above the ceiling?


Our basement is finished with JYP rock tiles on the ceiling, and we can hear at times (especially at night) mice scurrying above. What can we do?

Mice in the oven


How do you make sure there is no infestation, or that they have been removed? Is it safe to use the oven?

Mouse droppings in the house


We cleaned out the closet by the kitchen where we have seen the old droppings and have not seen any more. Are they gone?

What should we do about mice in crawl space and attic?


What should we do besides put traps out?

What are the tiny black pellets on my kitchen counter and in my silverware drawer?


Recently, I found a few tiny black pellets on the kitchen counter and in the silverware drawer. What are they?

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House Mouse Enemies

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