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Mouse: The Common House Mouse, Where it Lives

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

The common house mouse can live inside or outside your home, either way it is not good. No matter if they are indoors or outdoors the common house mouse likes to be in secluded places, corners and dark areas. When the common house mouse is inside a house it can be found in these areas:

  • Behind rafters.
  • Near food.
  • Inside of walls.
  • Within ceilings.
  • Behind things like refrigerators, furniture, cupboards, bathtubs and counters.
  • Near a boiler, if you have one.
  • In the basement or attics, because there is often stuff stored there.

Outside the common house mouse makes its home in:

  • Wood piles.
  • It can also burrow anywhere in the ground that is secluded.
  • Storage areas.
  • Near any food that is kept outside.
  • An outdoor refrigerator or freezer.
  • Near garbage.
  • Under bushes.
  • In thick grass or vines on walls.

A pantry is a perfect example of a common house mouse’s dream home. They can eat straight through the cardboard and plastic, and become a homeowner’s worse nightmare all at the same time. Keep an eye out where any food is stored, as it is one of the common house mouses favorite places. Also seeing any food or food storage destroyed might tell you there is a common house mouse in your house.

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This pantry is a dream for a common house mouse. There are so many boxes to chew on, and they all have a surprise inside.

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Mouse: The Common House Mouse and the Diseases it Carries

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

There are some diseases that have been linked directly to rodents. A virus that the common house mouse carries is the hanta virus. This virus can be fatal, and is only transmittable through breathing in the air where rodent urine, feces, or dead bodies can be found. If a person is infected with the hanta virus they will not necessarily notice symptoms right away. Once the symptoms become noticeable they will be similar to the flu and last for up to five days, then a person will suffer from breathing difficulties. Oftena person is so ill at this time they are taken to a hospital for treatment, if not treated soon enough the outcome can be deadly, as the survival rate without proper treatment is low. This one virus from small little mice can cause a huge danger to any home.

It is a serious matter and as soon as you notice common house mice in your home a professional pest control agent should be called. Having your house treated by a professional exterminator will help prevent any diseases from spreading as soon as possible. If you cannot afford to call an exterminator there are at-home methods to get rid of mice, but that adds the risk of being exposed to the feces and diseases and the risk of not cleaning it up entirely or missing areas. In any case, the best choice is to have a professional pest control company handle the problem. If you detect the common house mouse within your home you can confirm it by the particular smell the common house mouse leaves behind. It is a musky smell from the common house mouse’s feces. Wearing a mask is a precaution if you do find droppings, and see a doctor to ensure your health has not been affected.

The hanta virus isn’t the only disease the common house mouse spreads. The common house mouse carries many other diseases as well, such as:

  • Murine typhus: it is treatable with antibiotics and the symptoms resemble those of the measles or rubella. Best to go see a doctor at the first sight of the marks on your skin that look like the measles or rubella.
  • Rickettsialpox: is not deadly and occurs when bitten by a mouse, the bite mark will swell and a rash will break out, other symptoms are similar to the flu. See your doctor once you realized you have been bitten.
  • Tularemia: occurs when bitten by a mouse, a physical symptom is that an ulcerated skin lesion will form. Other symptoms are chills, headache fatigue it is treatable with antibiotics. See you doctor once you realize you have been bitten by a mouse.
  • Bubonic plague: symptoms are red marks on the skin that turn black, heavy breathing, aching, and vomiting blood. As soon as any of these symptoms become apparent go to your doctor. Bubonic plague is a skin infection that can be treated with antibiotics, so it is imperative to get to a doctor right away.

Protect your home, your family and your pets by having a local exterminator eliminate the disease-infested rodent, the common house mouse.

Mouse: The Common House Mouse’s Nest

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

You can find a common house mouse nest in any of the areas where they like to live. Identifying the nest is easy; these mice use scraps of things or chew off pieces of objects to use as building material. Common household items can be found in the makings of the nest. Here is a list of some things you might notice missing or chewed on:

  • Rags
  • Paper
  • Pillows
  • Dry goods, like rice, seeds, or grains. Any food can be used.
  • Blankets
  • Cushions
  • Fabrics from furniture, towels or even clothing.
  • Insulation
  • Packing materials

All of these items can be found in the nest, they also use outdoor items. Twigs, pine needles, grass, and leaves can also be used to form the nest. It will depend on what the common house mouse has access to.

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Here is a nest made in the laundry room of a home, between some dog food storage boxes.

If you find a common house mouse nest within your home call your local pest control company to come out and remove the nest. One problem the nest can cause is the spread of the diseases the common house mouse carries. If the mouse has been living there, there will be fecal matter which needs to also be removed by a professional. Also by removing the nest, it will lower the homeowner’s chance of having the common house mouse moving back in.

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Mouse: The Common House Mouse Can Cause Serious Problems

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

These rodents can cause a lot of damage to a home. The common house mouse constantly needs to keep its teeth sharp. In order to do so they are constantly gnawing on objects. The bad part is that the objects can be structural beams or wires. They can even chew all the way through wood, plastic and clothing. If the common house mouse can chew through wood they can cause an actual break in a beam, part of the roof/ceiling, a furniture leg, table legs or anything else made of wood in your house. The common house mouse also will gnaw on other objects they can’t chew all the way through, like pipes or any other metal or steel objects. These damages can be dangerous most especially when it is a structural piece. The common house mouse also gnaws on plastic and clothing items. While this might not seem as dangerous as gnawing on the beams that support your home, it actually is. When the common house mouse is in physical contact with clothing or any other item there is a chance it will spread any of the diseases it carries. When a human physically touches the item there is a risk of a disease being transmitted. This risk can be higher if the common house mouse had urinated on any of the items, as the common house mouse’s urine carries diseases as well.

Not only do the common house mice gnaw and chew on objects they will also burrow into things. They will make holes in anything such as a wall, furniture, and cupboards. Depending on where they burrow this can also cause a structural collapse of the home.

One more thing these rodents can damage is wires. Between the chewing and the gnawing, wires are a great treat for the common house mouse. The unfortunate outcome of the common house mouse chewing on wires is that it can cause electrical problems later down the road or even worse cause an electrical fire. This is just another one of the numerous reasons why homeowners should have professional pest control specialist out to their home.

Another thing that a common house mouse can contaminate is the insulation within the home. This is another dangerous impact of the common house mouse because if they are living in the walls and on the insulation they are also using it as a restroom. Common house mouse feces and urine can deteriorate the insulation. Also that is how most of the diseases the common house mouse carries get transmitted to humans. See the list of diseases the common house mouse carries on our blog.

An additional thing they can contaminate with their diseases is food. This can happen in a few different ways. The most popular is inside the home. The common house mouse will find a way to your pantry and cupboards and take what they can; and, while they are roaming around crawling on everything they are leaving traces of diseases. Also, if any fruit or anything non-perishable is left out in bowls on the counters or a table the common house mouse can crawl all over the fruit leaving waste; and if the fruit is not cleaned before consumption it can be a problem later on. The other way the common house mouse can contaminate food is outside. If you grow vegetables, fruit or have citrus trees those items are just another food supply for the common house mouse to contaminate. The worst is if you are an actual farmer and have food for other animals like hay, grains, or oats as those items are some of the common house mouse’s favorite foods. Even more frustrating to farmers is if the crops are contaminated they can no longer be sold, and you lose out on your paycheck.

Mouse, Not Just Any Mouse… The Common House Mouse

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

The common house mouse can become a pesky unwanted house guest very easily. Like many other rodents, these mice can enter a home through an opening the size of a nickel. Once they are in your home they will make themselves really comfortable, eating your food, sleeping in your walls, and tormenting you at night. Although the common house mouse looks harmless, it packs a serious punch of diseases, ruins furniture, damages the inner home, and drives homeowners nuts.

These mice are nocturnal so at night they run around and collect things from your house for their food and shelter. This also makes it harder to catch them in the day, but if you were to see a common house mouse they are smaller than rats and just as nasty. The 5-8 inch rodent also has large ears, a hairless tail, fur that is brown to gray in color, and the underbelly is usually light.

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Here is a close up of a common house mouse, this one seems to have just eaten some oats out of the pantry.

Other than the common house mouse’s physical appearance there are some more interesting things about the rodent. The common house mouse can only see up to 6 inches in front of him, they also are color blind, can run up to 8 miles per hour, can jump up to 12 inches high, can jump down from 8 feet high, they can flatten their bodies in order to get through a small space, swim, they usually make their home anywhere humans are, and a weird thing is they usually stay within 50 feet of their home. These mice often are with child, so staying close to home would make sense.

Common house mice can have over 100 babies in a year. They reproduce anywhere from 5 to 14 times a year. Each time they have babies the number can range from 3-12 babies. If these rodents were in your house for two months alone they could have repopulated. This would be a great reason to have a professional exterminator come to your home and take care of the problem.

Not only can the common house mouse leave babies for you, they also leave feces. A rodent’s feces can be a huge problem, and should be dealt with by a professional pest control specialist. Not only is it gross, but diseases can be traced back to rodent feces. This should be taken very serious because the diseases they carry can cause real health problems. See our blog about the diseases the common house mouse carries.

Other problems can occur from common house mice being inside a home. The common house mouse can cause damage to the structure of the home and much more. Like rats, the common house mouse gnaws on objects which can be a huge threat to the home. The common house mouse can cause a lot of damage for such a small rodent; check out our blog post with all the problems that can occur from the common house mouse being inside a home.

Once inside a home there are a couple things a common house mouse will do. One thing is that it will find a place to live. Many times the place the common house mouse chooses to live is close to a food supply of some kind, or at least a short trip to food. See the many areas of a home the common house mouse likes to live on our blog.

Once a common house mouse finds its spot to live, it then needs to make a nest. The common house mouse does this by collecting things around your home. Due to the common house mouse being nocturnal they scrounge around at night looking for things, many times this is when a homeowner will hear mice running around at night. There are a variety of things a common house mouse can use within a home to build a nest. Check out our blog about the common house mouse nests.

The most common way to prevent rodents from getting into the home is to have a routine check by a professional exterminator; unfortunately not everyone can afford to do this. The alternatives are do-it-yourself remedies. There are a number of things any homeowner can do to help prevent rodents from entering their home. There are also things to do to keep them from lurking near your home; sometimes being on the property is just as bad. Since these mice like to live near humans it is very important to thoroughly check your house and property to keep the common house mouse out.

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