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House Mouse

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Light brown to black in color, small eyes, pointed nose, large ears, long tail and about 2 inches in length. The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world. The female mouse can give birth every three weeks to a dozen babies, that's 150 babies a year! Their diet consists mainly of plants & grains but they will eat meat & dairy products as well and require very little water to survive. House mice nest in and around structures, especially in stacked firewood, stones, bricks, leaves and other debris. They establish a territory near food sources, generally 10 to 30 feet from their nest. House mice breed throughout the year and often share nests with their "relatives". House mice spread disease through bite wounds and contaminating food & water with their waste products. They can also spread disease through parasites such as ticks, fleas & mites. These parasites bite the infected mouse and then spread the disease by biting humans, this is why controlling rodent problems are extremely important. Prevention tips include: 1) Eliminate harborage in and around the house. Do not allow piles of leaves to accumulate next to the home, remove any piles of debris, stones, bricks, firewood, etc. 2) Seal holes & cracks inside & outside the home. Mice can fit through a hole as small as 1/4 in length. 3) Mice eat 15-20 times a day, so never leave food out. 4) Empty garbage on a daily basis and keep lids on the trash cans. 5) Frequently clean up sheds, crawlspaces, attics, storage rooms & garages. 6) Install weather stripping on the bottom of all doors. 7) Keep the house clean and free of clutter. - If problems persist, contact a Pest Control Company for help.

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  • These are all great tips A-1! Perfect timing as this is the time of year that they are starting to look for a winter layover that they never leave once they find it.

  • A-1 Watkins Pest & Termite Control
    A-1 Watkins Pest & Termite Control Long Beach, CA
    on Nov 9, 2012

    That is very true, mice can become a big problem and nobody wants to share their home with them.

  • Z
    Z
    on Nov 9, 2012

    Something we do every year after killing a couple dozen that got into our basement (we live a small country neighborhood surrounded by corn and bean fields) is to place Pure Peppermint Oil scented cotton balls surrounding our basement on the ledges at the ceiling level and other areas of our home where we fear they may get inside. My hubby found this out after a mouse got upstairs and I let out a blood curdling scream. I tried to tell him there were mice in the basement. He now believed me. Ask any clerk in a health food store to make sure you get the right bottle of Pure Peppermint Oil.

  • A-1 Watkins Pest & Termite Control
    A-1 Watkins Pest & Termite Control Long Beach, CA
    on Nov 9, 2012

    Great tip Becky!

  • Cindy Mink
    Cindy Mink Winston Salem, NC
    on Nov 9, 2012

    Thanks Becky! Even with good mousers in the house, the little rodents multiply FAST!!!

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