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Why Are There Mice In My House?

Updated on December 1, 2014
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Pesky and Sneaky Mice

"They're Pinky and The Brain. Yes, Pinky and The Brain. One is the genius, the other's insane!" These were my favorite mice while growing up. It's a shame that not all mice can be loved like this. Now don't get me wrong, some of you who have pet mice may be thinking that their mouse is as lovable as those two cartoon characters. There are just some nastier types of mice I would rather never see. The type of mouse I am talking about is the common house mouse.

The House Mouse may be smaller than a tennis ball, but the damage they can cause is insurmountable. Mice can cause over $2 billion in damage worldwide every year. They can contaminate food and water and weaken structures with their gnawing. Also, with the diseases mice can transfer to humans, the cost of medical treatments is a possibility. Even the smallest amount of urine traced on the floor can cause an allergic reaction to someone.

House mice are excellent climbers. They can climb straight up a wall if they have to. Their tail has scale like features that helps them grip the wall. Another fact most people do not know is that mice are excellent jumpers. They can jump vertically 12 inches. Compared to the size of their bodies, it makes them one of the best jumpers in the animal kingdom. If humans were able to have the same ratio of jumping ability, it would be like a six foot man jumping 72 feet vertically. That is seven stories! Pretty remarkable to say the least.

Now even though house mice have some amazing skills, they should never be allowed in your home. For you and your family's stake. You do not want to eat anything that a house mouse has touched. Heck, you don't even want to touch the mouse period.

When you have a mouse problem in your home, be sure to inspect the area most expected to be the cause of the problem. Look for food, water leaks, debris, holes, or streaks. They like to create their dens in voids in walls or other empty areas that are well protected from predators.

Mice Prevention

1. Seal all cracks and holes inside and outside of your home

2. Make sure that the door’s bottom edge is flush to the floor

3. Use screens in air vents and other holes that may be too large to fill

4. Block or fill the opening around water pipes or wires

5. Keep the food out to a minimum

6. Keep pet food sealed in plastic containers

If you have mice in your home, the easiest most effective form of control is mouse traps. For more information about the types of traps click here.

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