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The Secret To Effective Mouse Control In Houston

August 13, 2021 - Mice

Mice are common in Houston, Texas. The house mouse (Mus musculus) originated in Asia, possibly in India. As humans spread around the globe, the house mouse has spread with them. House mice have been around humans so long that they do not stray far from dwellings, silos, farm buildings, and other human areas.

Description Of The House Mouse

House mice are typically dusty gray with cream-colored underbellies. They have pointed muzzles, smooth fur, small eyes, and large ears covered with some fur. They have dark, scaly, semi-naked tails. The body is 2.5-3.5 inches long and the tail is 2.75-4 inches long. House mice weigh 0.5-1.0 ounces.

Lifecycle Of The House Mouse

Mice usually give birth to five or six pups, although as many as twelve have been reported. The pups are born naked and blind. They have fur in ten days, open their eyes in fourteen days, and are weaned at three weeks.  They are sexually mature at five to seven weeks. Mice can have up to ten litters a year in optimal conditions.  They live 12-18 months in the wild, though ages of up to six years have occurred in captivity. As you can see, a mouse quickly becomes a plague of mice.

Hazards Caused By House Mice

These mice can spread leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), tularemia, and salmonellosis by contaminating food, walking on food-preparation surfaces, and by walking on food-preparation utensils. Mice are not house trained so they urinate and defecate in food, too.

Mice also damage things in the house. They can chew through wires, possibly sparking fires. They destroy almost anything by chewing on it. They can chew through pretty much anything but metal and steel wool. Wood is a favorite thing to chew, so they can destroy furniture. They also gnaw on pipes to reach water.

Preventing House Mice

A house mouse can enter the house by a hole as little as ¼ an inch in diameter. They can, as mentioned above, chew through concrete, mortar, wallboard, wood, clothing, upholstery, and more. Here are some tips to keep them out of your house:

  • Stuff cracks in foundation and walls with steel wool and caulk it in. 
  • Fill cracks around pipes, electrical wires, and cables with steel wool and caulk it in. 
  • Keep the yard mowed and debris-free. 
  • Place firewood on a rack at least 8 inches off the ground and at least 8 inches from any wall. 
  • Keep food in mouse-proof containers. 
  • Clean up food spills quickly. 
  • Pick up pet food each night. 
  • Trim tree branches and shrubs back 8 inches from the house. 
  • Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink. 
  • Remove clutter as it hides mice and gives them an area to nest. 
  • Store fabric, clothing, and other things mice might chew in plastic containers.

Getting Rid Of House Mice

Getting rid of house mice is not really a DIY situation. House mice are wary of strange objects and of strange food. They also will not go out of their way to eat bait or the food in traps, so these have to be placed just so. There is always a concern with baits that children or pets will get into them.

Caraway Pest Control is staffed by knowledgeable licensed individuals. We know just how to get rid of mice. We try to be as humane as possible when removing mice from your house. We will empty and replace traps as they become full. In addition, we will come out monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly to place new bait and make sure any mice are killed. Call Caraway Pest Control today to get rid of your mice. We offer both home pest control as well as commercial pest management services.

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