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. Play Audio Pause Audio House Mice Description Appearance Mice are one of the most common and well-known pests in the world. House mice weigh about 0.5 ounces and grow to between 8 and 11 inches, including their tails. They are small, nimble, capable climbers, jumpers, and swimmers. Typically they are covered in light brown to black fur, with their bellies generally white in color. Other characteristics include: Pointed Noses Tiny Black Eyes Large Ears Scaly Tails Habitat Mice have terrible eyesight, but heightened senses of smell, touch, and taste to compensate. They may nest underground or in another sheltered location. They tend to build nests out of paper, burlap, and other fibrous materials in and around houses, farms, warehouses, and open fields. House mice enjoy living wherever there is human activity. Rarely traveling outside a radius of 10 to 30 feet once their nests are established, they become extremely familiar with their surroundings. House mice infestations must be taken care of immediately due to their rapid reproduction rate. House Mice Problems Entry House mice enter your home simply because it has ideal places to nest. Human homes and manmade structures provide some of the best nesting options. Human activity offers mice their favorite foods, including cereal, grains, nuts, fruits, plant seeds, roots, meat, and trash. During the colder seasons, your home and central heating will give these rodents somewhere warm to nest. Damage House mice will always create some sort of damage to property. Infestations will lead to damages of freshly planted grains, crops, food containers, and building structures. Mice have incisors that never stop growing, so the mice must constantly chew to keep the length of these teeth under control. House mice are dirty animals that can spread salmonellosis, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, and tape worms to you, your family and your pets. They also may carry fleas, ticks, and similar parasites in their fur. You and your family can contract these diseases by coming into contact with, or accidentally consuming their urine or feces. As if the structural damage from their gnawing habits isn’t enough, house mice’s gnawing habits can also create an electrical fire hazard. As they chew on the wires and pull insulation, it creates a risky situation that can result in much worse issues. With the exposed wires, the risk of an electrical fire is greatly increased, and with insulation being moved, the chances of energy loss, resulting in higher heating and cooling costs is increased as well. House Mice Control Trapping and Removal House mice are not sneaky animals, and infestations can be detected early. Upon the first signs, including mouse droppings, gnaw marks, and holes in food containers, the professionals at Critter Control of Southwest Oakland County should be called. Our trained technicians will have the right tools and knowledge of house mice behavior to quickly and safely remove infestations. Damage Repairs and Prevention There is no foolproof method of exclusion that will guard against house mice infestations. Employing multiple techniques will reduce the possibility of attracting the rodents to your home. Some easily implemented and helpful activities will include: Cleaning house regularly Sealing cracks in building foundations Eliminating clutter in attics and basements Keeping food stored in airtight and rodent-proof containers Removing collections of debris Critter Control of Southwest Oakland County can treat your specific mice control problem and implement the necessary techniques to humanely and efficiently get rid of your house mice problem. Call Critter Control of Southwest Oakland County today at (248) 397-5110. Critter Control of SW Oakland County, MI Service Area Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, *Birmingham, *Bloomfield, *Bloomfield Hills, *Bloomfield Township, Commerce Township, Farmington, Farmington Hills, *Ferndale, Franklin, Huntington Woods, *Keego Harbor, *Lathrup Village, *Northville, Novi, *Oak Park, Orchard Lake, *Pleasant Ridge, *Pontiac, *Royal Oak, Southfield, Sylvan Lake, Union Lake, Walled Lake, *Waterford, West Bloomfield, *White Lake, *Wixom, Wolverine Lake *Our service area includes only part of this city. If you are West of Woodward, North of Eight Mile, South of M-59 (Highland Road) or East of Duck Lake and Wixom Roads then this is your Critter Control Office. This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Horizon Home Services, Inc., dba Critter Control of SW Oakland County SW Oakland County Critter Control is your professional wildlife control and removal company. We can handle any wildlife control problem.