Mouse Identification

What are mice?

Mice are a type of rodent and a common invader of both homes and businesses. They have come to at least partially depend on people for their survival. They are small mammals and have an oval-shaped body covered in light brown or gray fur and a lighter colored underbelly. Their tail has a light layer of fur covering it and is about the same length or longer than the body. They have a pointed nose and small ears. Like any species of rodent, they also have front incisors that continuously grow throughout their life.

a mouse crawling among food on a counter in a home in modesto california

Are mice dangerous?

Mice are unwelcome and dangerous pests. They spread diseases, transport parasites, contaminate food, and trigger allergies. Their insistent chewing to stop their teeth from overgrowing causes structural damage, damage to personal items, and pose a risk of fire.

Why do I have a mouse problem?

House mice are prolific breeders and are nocturnal, staying out of sight of people, making them a difficult pest to control and eliminate. As our habitats have merged together, more and more mice have taken up residence on properties near our homes and in our own yards. Mice are attracted to any yard or home that provides them with their basic needs of food, water, and shelter.

Where will I find mice?

In nature, mice live in fields, parks, wooded areas, and our yards. Mice typically live outside but find their way indoors while foraging for food. They can move inside any time of the year, although they tend to move in when the weather outside becomes cooler. Indoor nesting spots for mice include wall voids, behind large appliances, crawlspaces, attics, and basements.

How do I get rid of mice?

There are many species of mice living throughout Modesto and the Central Valley of California. The best way to get rid of mice that are in your yard or home and prevent them from returning is to partner with Peace of Mind Pest Control. Our experienced professionals and modern services provide home and business owners with peace of mind knowing that their pest problems will be solved once and for all. If you are looking to get rid of rodents from your property with the help of dedicated, local professionals, reach out to Peace of Mind Pest Control today!

How can I prevent mice in the future?

For homeowners who want to protect their homes from mice, partner with Peace of Mind Pest Control, and use the following prevention tips:

  • Keep mice out by using a caulking gun to repair cracks in the foundation and exterior walls. Install door sweeps and place weatherstripping around windows and doors.

  • Keep garage doors closed when not in use.

  • Pick up uneaten pet food each evening.

  • Make your yard less attractive to mice by removing fallen trees, tree stumps, and woodpiles from your yard.

  • Cut back tree branches and overgrown shrubs from the exterior of your home.

  • Eliminate food sources by keeping tight-fitting or locking lids on outdoor trash cans and compost bins.

  • Place gardens as far away from the outside walls of your home as possible. Regularly harvest vegetables and fruits.

 

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