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Species of Mice

The word "mouse" has been use to identify different rodents which generally possess pointed snouts, sparsely furred tails and large ears. Most mouse species are terrestrial, although some live in trees and shrubs. Others dig burrows or reside in the nests of other animals. Mice are further identified as being Old World or New World species.

The New World group is comprised of several species. The most prevalent is the deer mouse. The harvest mouse is also common and lives primarily in green and swampy habitats. Grasshopper mice dwell in flatland and hot desert environments. They feed primarily on insects. The pygmy mouse is one of the smallest recorded mammals, measuring less than 100 mm in length from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail.

Different mouse species carry different viruses, bacteria, parasites and diseases. Many species are major causes of crop destruction, tree damage and food contamination. Those dwelling indoors also tend to cause damage to infested structures, as well as to personal belongings of the residents.

Types of Mice

Black Mice

Brown Mice

Field Mice


Dig Deeper on Mice

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?

Is it a mouse or a rat?


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

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


What should we do besides put traps out?

Is it a mole or a mouse?


No websites give any information on getting rid of one in the house. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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 attracts mice in your house?


What attracts mice in your house?

How to Use Mouse Bait Stations

How to Find a Dead Mouse in the House

Field Mice

Field mouse illustration

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