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.

Identifying Mice

One of the most common and widely distributed pests in the world, mice contaminate food, cause structural and property damage, and spread diseases. Since they rarely travel outside an area of 10 to 30 feet once they establish nests, house mice are extremely familiar with their surroundings and notice when baits and strange objects appear in their habitats. As their numbers grow quickly, house mouse infestations must be taken care of at the first signs of activity.


Characteristics of mice include:

  • Small and nimble
  • Weigh in at about 0.5 ounces
  • Grow between 8 and 11 inches long (including their tails)
  • Covered in light brown to black fur
  • Bellies are typically white in color
  • Pointed noses
  • Tiny black eyes
  • Large ears
  • Scaly tails
  • They are capable climbers, jumpers, and swimmers.


Mice enjoy prominence wherever there is human activity. Mice may nest underground or in an otherwise sheltered location. They build nests out of paper, burlap, and other fibrous materials in and around houses, farms, warehouses, and open fields.


Some of the house mouse's favorite places to nest are in and around human homes and manmade structures. Human activity provides mice with their favorite foods, including cereal, grains, nuts, fruits, plant seeds and roots, meat, and trash. Additionally, homes with central heating give the rodents warm nesting locations during the winter months.


Mice almost always cause some kind of damage to property or people where infestations are present. The rodents consume about three grams of food each day but destroy much more than that thanks to their nibbling habits. They gnaw through containers of food in homes, and even contaminate packages with their urine and droppings.

As they spend a lot of time in dumpsters, sewers, and other filthy locations, mice are often riddled with disease and secondary pests. The rodents have the capacity to spread salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, and tapeworms and may carry fleas, ticks, and similar parasites in their fur. Humans contract diseases from mice by coming into contact with or accidentally consuming their urine and feces.

House mice are also capable of serious structural damage. Their teeth grow rapidly, and they must gnaw to keep the 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 worsens over time. Mice also chew on electrical wires, which can lead to shorts and even electrical fires.

Control and Safety

Unfortunately, there's no fool-proof method of exclusion that guards against mice infestations. Property owners often have to employ multiple techniques to reduce the possibility of attracting the rodents.

Some easily implemented and helpful activities include:

  • Cleaning homes regularly
  • Sealing cracks in building foundations
  • Eliminating clutter in attics and basements
  • Keeping food stored in airtight containers
  • Removing collections of debris in yards

Trapping and Removal

House mice aren't very sneaky, and infestations can be detected early. Once the first signs of activity appear, property owners should contact the professionals at Critter Control to deal with the problem. Our trained technicians have the tools and extensive knowledge of house mouse behavior to quickly and safely remove infestations.

We can help you get rid of mice problems.  Call today: 1.800.274.8837.

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