Mice

What are mice?

Mice are a small species of rodent. Their appearance varies by species, but in general they all have pointed snouts; small, rounded ears; large, black eyes; and long, thin tails. Their ears and tails are covered in a light layer of velvety fur, while their bodies are covered in thicker fur. Their bodies are brown and their underbellies are whitish in color. Mice, like all other rodents, are identified by their continuously growing front incisors.

a mouse searches for food in a lakewood new jersey yard

Are mice dangerous?

Mice are a danger to both people and property. They cause structural damage by chewing through electrical wires, equipment, insulation, drywall, ductwork, and flooring. They will destroy and contaminate personal items, food, furniture, pictures, and more by chewing on the items or gathering them to use as nesting materials. Mice carry and spread many serious diseases, including Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), salmonellosis, dysentery, Hantavirus, and leptospirosis. Also, mice can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks through their shed fur, saliva, and excrement.

Why do I have a mouse problem?

Mice are attracted to outdoor properties that offer them ample sources of food, water, and shelter. Once on your property, it is only a matter of time before they find their way inside your home while foraging for food. Mice have the potential to become a problem in and around homes any time of the year, but especially so in the late fall when they are looking for indoor overwintering spots. Mice move into homes in a variety of ways, including through spaces in the foundation and exterior walls, gaps underneath of doors, holes along the roofline, vents, or down chimneys.

Where will I find mice?

Mice nest in quiet, out-of-the-way places that are close to food sources. Outside they nest in a variety of spots, including in trees, woodpiles, tree stumps, under decks and foundations, in tall grass, and in abandoned bird nests. Some of their favorite indoor nesting spots include behind walls, in attics and basements, in crawlspaces, inside storage boxes, and behind appliances.

How do I get rid of mice?

To eliminate current problems with rodents, as well as prevent future problems, it is best to partner with an experienced professional. At Bugaboo Pest Control, our professionals provide customers with the residential or commercial pest control services needed to solve your unique rodent problem. To learn more about our full-service extermination services that are offered throughout New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and northern Delaware, contact Bugaboo Pest Control today!

How can I prevent mice in the future?

Seeing mice scampering around your property in New Jersey or the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania and Deleware, or worse, inside your home, might be an overwhelming experience, but the following tips can deter these rodents from your home or business:

  • Seal cracks and crevices found in your property's foundation and exterior walls.

  • Keep food in the refrigerator or in air-tight containers.

  • Regularly clean counters, tables, and vacuum floors.

  • Fix leaky pipes, fixtures, or clogged gutters.

  • Repair holes in door or window screens.

  • Keep storage areas clean and clutter-free.

  • Place tight-fitting lids on trashcans and compost bins.

  • Place mesh covers over all vents leading into your home.

  • Make sure damage to your home’s roof or roofline is repaired.

  • Trim back trees, branches, bushes, and shrubs away from the outside of your home.

 

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