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How To Identify Mice

The most common species of mouse to invade homes is, as their name suggests, the common house mouse. The common house mouse ranges in size from 5 ½ to 7 inches in length including the tail. They have very large ears and tiny dark eyes. Their fur is gray or brown in color with a lighter tan colored belly.

Deer mice are another type of mouse that, while not as common as the house mouse, can at times get inside of homes.  Deer mice look very similar to the common house mouse, growing to be about 5-8 inches in length including the tail. They have grayish brown fur with a white belly and legs. They have a more slender build and can run and jump very quickly.

Why Do I Have A Mouse Problem?

Mice like to live near humans for food and shelter.  Mice can be a problem in homes no matter what time of year it is, but they become especially problematic in the fall. As the weather starts to cool they try to move indoors so that they can overwinter in a safe secure place that is close to food and water sources.

Are Mice Dangerous?

Yes, mice are very dangerous to have living in your home. Mainly for these three reasons:

  1. May introduce diseases

  2. Cause structural damage to your home

  3. Destroy personal items

Mice are known carriers of diseases that include the serious and deadly Hantavirus, Leptospirosis and lymphocytic diseases along with many others. Mice can introduce fleas, mites, ticks and other parasites into your home. Their urine can also trigger allergies in some people.

Mice continuously chew to keep their front incisors from overgrowing. When inside of homes they can chew through wires, pipes, insulation and drywall. They also have been known to chew on and damage pictures, furniture, flooring, clothing and other items.

How Do I Control Mice?

Complete mouse control cannot be accomplished if you don't find the source of the problem.  Setting up mouse traps in areas where you've found evidence of an infestation is not enough.  You must remove existing mice and identify and correct conditions that make it easy for these rodents to get inside.  At Russell's Pest Control, we offer ongoing home pest control and commercial pest control solutions that effectively addresses rodent activity.  Unfortunately one-time treatment services cannot be offered for mice because resolving this pest takes multiple steps.  

Mouse Prevention Tips

To prevent mice infestations you must eliminate the conditions that attract them and make sure that they cannot get inside.  Keep mice out with these tips:

  • Use garbage cans that have tight fitting lids on them

  • Place woodpiles at a distance away from your home

  • Keep your trees, bushes and other landscaping trimmed back away from the exterior of the structure

  • Seal cracks and crevices in your foundation and elsewhere on the outside of the building

  • Placing a tight fitting cap on chimneys

  • Fit all vents with secure covers need that do not have any holes in them

  • Caulk gaps around windows and doors


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