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House Mouse

House Mouse

The house mouse is the most common rodent pest encountered in Ontario. They are dusty grey in colour all over. Their ears are large and the eyes are small. They are about 3 to 4 inches in length and weigh only a half ounce. House mice are home bodies and rarely travel far from their nests, usually no more than ten feet. This can be in any direction, up, down or sideways. So if you see droppings the nest is normally less than ten feet away. They have a characteristic musty smell, and infested areas can have a lingering odour.

These mice can gain access to your home in a variety of ways. Any holes more than 1/4 of an inch is an access for a mouse. Mice are superb climbers and can run up a rough wall. This gives them access to any openings at the eaves of your home. Another favourite access is the weep holes found in the bottom course of bricks on a brick house. Of course open doors are always the easy way in for these pests.

When mice gain access to a building and take up residence the real problems begin. One mouse can leave 18000 droppings in on year! That's about 50 every day! Add to that the fact that they constantly dribble urine and you have a serious disease threat. Mice carry many parasites and pathogens such as salmonosis,and hantavirus. Parasites include roundworms and tapeworms. You really don't want to share your home with mice!

House mice also do much damage to food and feed that they contaminate. Mice feed by nibbling, that is they grab a bite here and a bite there. In this way they ruin packaging for many items while only consuming a small percentage of the damaged goods. Remember they are urinating the whole time. Mouse hairs and dropping can end up in food if your kitchen or food plant becomes infested with mice. In food processing plants this can lead to serious litigation and damage to your reputation. Mice also cause structural damage because of their constant chewing. Many electrical fires are caused by rodents chewing the insulation off electrical wires in walls or attics.

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