By this time each year in the U.S., domestic rodents will have already found places they plan to spend the winter and this may very well be in your home with you! The house mouse (Mus musculus, Latin for little thief) is the most common pest in and around human dwellings and businesses. They damage and destroy materials by gnawing wires, eating your food and attacking decorations like holiday wreaths. They account for many unexplained fires in structures because they can chew through wires. To some, mice may look cuddly, but they are known to carry over 20 different pathogens of human disease, not to mention their association with ectoparasites (ticks and fleas).
House Mouse Identification
The house mouse is about three inches in length and is usually gray with dull white belly fur. An adult weighs about an ounce, but eats often and is constantly leaving droppings and urine droplets as it forages for food, mates and harborage. Mice also breed rapidly. A house mouse is mature within 35 days after birth and can have a first litter of up to eight pups at 60 days old. Individuals usually live only about a year, however, if all their offspring were to survive and reproduce at a similar rate, one pair of house mice could potentially produce a population of more than 500 young in one year! Mice are acrobatic and can jump about a foot straight up from a standing position; they can jump down more than six feet without getting hurt.
The Trouble With Mice
An adult mouse can squeeze through a crack or hole as small as 1/4 inch (the size of diameter of a #2 pencil) and can quickly climb straight up an eight-foot wall of brick or wood paneling in less than half a minute. Even though one mouse doesn’t eat much, as their population grows, they can eat a surprising amount of food. They can also damage food containers and their droppings and urine contaminate a lot more food than they eat. In one year, one mouse produces up to 18,000 droppings; it will deposit hundreds of microdroplets of urine every day as it marks its trails.
What To Do If You've Found Mouse Droppings Or Other Signs Of An Infestation
If you see mice or other rodents, or signs of rodents such as droppings in your home or business, don’t panic. Rottler can help determine what rodents you may have, where they are entering the structure, and the extent of the problem. And even if you don’t think you have a rodent problem, we offer guaranteed rodent exclusion programs that seal rodents and nuisance wildlife out of your house, to make sure they never get in to begin with.
We can help you plan and carry out an effective rodent control program that will protect you, your family and your property. For more information on our guaranteed rodent exclusion programs or to schedule your free home inspection, contact us today!
About Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions
St. Louis based Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions has been providing residential & commercial pest control, termite control and lawn care for the St. Louis area for over 50 years. Now serving Columbia, Jefferson City & Ashland and Mid-Missouri, our pest control and lawn care technicians are state licensed and certified and use only government approved pest management practices. All of our pest control and lawn care services are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.