House Mouse

The house mouse is the most successful rodent in adapting to life with people. It’s found everywhere people live.  Narragansett Pest techs  have found mice in: Narragansett, South Kingstown, Wakefield, Peacedale, Kingston, West Kingstown, Matunuck, Greenhill, Charlestown, Westerly, Exeter, North Kingstown, Richmond, Carolina, Saunderstown, East Greenwich, Warwick, Jamestown, Newport, Portsmouth, Middletown, and many others.

Mice feed on everything we eat, live in any structure we build and reproduce at a rapid rate.  Approximately every 30 days they are capable of having young.  And these babies are reproductively fertile in 30 days.  The house mouse is the most troublesome and economically important vertebrate pest in the world, contaminating millions of dollars worth of food, damaging property and causing electrical fires with its constant gnawing.  The teeth of mice continually grow, so gnawing is a must for survival.  If they did not gnaw on our property; their teeth would grow through their skull.

Mice spread disease as they move from one food source to another and travel around your home. The most threatening organism spread by mice is Salmonella, a cause of food poisoning. Other transmittable organisms include: tapeworms, rat-bite fever, infectious jaundice, Weil’s disease, murine typhus, rickettsial pox, and possibly polio.

NEVER SWEEP DRIED MOUSE DROPPINGS! Mouse droppings commonly carry the hanta virus, which is deadly if airborne.

Mice enter a building from the outside and spread throughout a structure following water lines, electrical cables and ducts. Although large numbers can build up in food service areas or trash rooms, one or a few mice can survive practically anywhere.  Exclusion is one key step to be rodent free.  Locate and seal openings larger that 1/4″ for mice and 1/2 ” for rats.  Examples can be seen here: wireholeRodent