Mouse Identification

What are mice?

Mice are in the category of a common household invader. Like ants or spiders, mice are creatures that almost every homeowner will have to deal with at one time or another. Mice are small, primarily nocturnal rodents, and they have stout oval bodies covered in brown or gray fur. Their underside is lighter in color. A mouse’s ears stand up off their heads, and their long tails have a soft layer of fur.

a mouse trying to get through a window opening

Are mice dangerous?

Because mice are small, it can be easy to think they aren’t a threat. However, mice are extremely problematic to have in our homes. They spread parasites like fleas and mites, bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, and disease-causing pathogens that can make people ill. In addition, mice and their sharp front incisors teeth cause a lot of destruction. Wires, electrical equipment, furniture, flooring, walls, and clothing can all fall victim to mice.

Why do I have a mouse problem?

Mice are small and prone to being used as a food source for larger predators. To keep themselves safe, mice are constantly looking for shelter. Unfortunately, our yards, gardens, outbuildings, and homes provide mice with the protection they need.

In addition to keeping safe, food is at the forefront of a mouse’s mind. Mice have a high metabolism and are constantly eating. Our yards and homes provide them with regular sources of food. Trash cans, gardens, outdoor eating areas, kitchens, and pantries offer them the nutrition they need to survive. 

Where will I find mice?

A mouse’s small size means they can squeeze their body into almost any space that will shelter them. More often than not, our homes provide mice with the safe shelter they want. Common entry points include cracks in the foundation, vents, spaces around cables or wires, and gaps along the roof.

Inside homes, mice create their cylindrical nests inside wall voids, behind cabinets and appliances, in attics, and behind or under large pieces of furniture. Things like musty odors, droppings, and small gnaw marks on cabinets, furniture, or food containers are common signs of a mouse infestation.

How do I get rid of mice?

To learn more about mice in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia, what they want, and how to get rid of them, reach out to local experts. At Capitol Pest, we have been guarding people and properties against pests since 1936 using the latest technology and most effective products.

We will solve your property’s mouse problems and any other problems you have with other household pests through our comprehensive treatments and prevention measures! Contact us today to learn more about our rodent control solutions!

How can I prevent mice in the future?

Partner with us at Capitol Pest to keep mice away from your yard and out of your home. The following prevention tips are another way to help protect your home against mice:

  • Take a regular walk around your home’s exterior taking note of any openings leading inside. Use caulk or another material to seal those openings. 

  • Cut back shrubbery from your house.

  • Keep grass cut short and remove leaf piles and other debris from your yard.

  • Never leave pet food out for long periods.

  • Always keep lids on trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins. 

  • Reduce the clutter in your home where mice can hide.

  • In kitchen areas, store food in the fridge or sealed gnaw-proof containers.

To learn more about any of our year-round pest solutions, give us a call today!

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