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The house mouse is the most successful rodent in adapting to live with people. It is found almost anywhere people are, feeding on human food, sheltering in human structures, and reproducing at a remarkable rate. It is the most troublesome and economically important vertebrate pest, contaminating untold millions of dollars worth of food, damaging possessions, and causing electrical fires with its constant gnawing.

House Mouse Facts

● Besides humans, house mice are one of the most common mammals in the country, and they're commonly found inside houses.
● They will cause destruction in food storage, spread diseases, and cause property and structural damage.
● A house mouse seldom travels farther than 10–30 feet from their nest, so they're aware of their surroundings and always notice when unfamiliar objects appear.
● House mice are active year-round. Their gestation period is around three weeks.
● Mice have an acute sense of hearing, since they communicate with each other through small squeaks.
● Mice are nocturnal, often squeaking or scratching in your walls at night. If you do see a mouse in the day, it could indicate a larger infestation.
Mouse Appearance
● House mice are small, nimble, and are very capable jumpers, swimmers, and climbers
● Weighs around half an ounce
● Bodies are around 3 inches long, and tails are of equal length
● Light brown-black fur
● White bellies
● Pointy noses
● Beady, small black eyes
● Large ears
● Scaly tails

Mouse Locations

● You can find mice anywhere there's reliable human activity, but they like to nest underground or in another sheltered location.
● These pests' nests are built from paper-like materials like paper or burlap, in and around houses, farmland, warehouses, and open fields.


Mice Inside Homes

● Your home is a great place in a mouse's eyes, since there are plenty of isolated warm locations in which to nest, and many food sources.
● Mice love soft grains (like cereal), food sources like nuts, fruit, plant seeds, meat, roots, and trash—all of which are common throughout the average home.
● Your home will provide a warm and safe nesting location during the frigid winter months.
● Mice lack collarbones, which is why they are so simply able get into your home through very tiny holes (the diameter of a dime), open windows, open doors, and more!
Mice Damage in Homes
● Despite their diminutive size, mice have the unique ability to destroy way more than their fair share, given their size.
● Rodents eat up to three grams of food per day. They will end up affecting more food than that in your home, though, because as they nibble to keep their teeth under control, they render that food inedible.
● Some things mice do that are frustrating to a resident include clawing up planted grains, decimating crops before they are harvested, nibbling through food containers and tainting human food with their waste.
● House mice spend a lot of time in trashes, sewers, and other unhygienic places. When they scamper across your counter or table, they are leaving behind terrible pathogens and secondary pests.
● House mice are also capable of extreme damage to structures. Their teeth at an extremely fast rate, so they must chew constantly to keep teeth length under control.
● This leads to the destruction of wall insulation, stored items like books and paintings, and damage to support beams and walls that will get even worse with time. House mice also chew on electrical wires, which can lead to shorts and even electrical fires.


Staying Safe Around Mice

Critter Control of New Mexico will implement the materials and techniques necessary to help keep house mice out of your home. These methods will help assist in keeping the nuisance wildlife animals out of your home:
● Keeping your house clean and free of clutter
● Securing any foundation cracks or entry points
● Keeping basements and attics organized and clutter free
● Store all of your food in proper places and in air-tight containers
● Rid your yard of any miscellaneous piles of debris such as leaves and wood

Trapping & Removing Mice

A mouse infestation can be easily detected early on. As soon as the first signs of activity appear, you should call the professionals at Critter Control of New Mexico. Our trained technicians have the tools and extensive knowledge of house mouse activity to quickly remove infestations and prevent future mice infestations. We will help get rid of house mice problems.

Give us a call today! 505.545.8883 in Albuquerque or 505.545.8891 in Santa Fe