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What do mice look like?

The house mouse is a species of mouse that as their name suggests most commonly invades homes.  House mice are brownish-gray in color with a lighter colored off- white underbelly.  They have black eyes, large ears, and a pointed nose.  Generally adults grow to be 2 ½ - 3 ¾ of an inch long.

Are mice dangerous? 

Yes, mice are dangerous to have living in your home.  They are rodents, which means that their front incisors continuously grow and in order to prevent overgrowth they are constantly chewing on things.  When inside of homes they can cause a lot of structural damage and destroy personal items because of the constant need to chew.  Their feces and urine can also cause a variety of health issues in some cases.

Mice are also dangerous because they can expose you and your family to a variety of serious diseases including salmonellosis, leptospirosis and dysentery.   They will also introduce other parasites like fleas, ticks, and mites into your home.

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Why do I have mice?

Mice can and do live outdoors, but it is also very common to find them living indoors.  Mice get into homes while in search of three things shelter, food, and water.  If these things can easily be provided in an environment, then they will stay as long as possible and make themselves at home.  They are able to move through very small spaces and create a nesting area behind walls, in basements, attics, crawl spaces, and even behind large appliances.  Their nesting area is usually in close proximity to their food and water sources, which in homes is generally the kitchen and pantry areas.

How do I tell if I have mice?

The most common sign that mice have come into your home is to find mouse droppings on the floor, along walls, in cabinets, and in drawers.  Their droppings look very similar to the size and shape of a grain of rice, except that mice droppings are a dark brown or black color.  You may also hear the mice running behind walls or above the ceiling at night while you are trying to fall asleep.  Due to their need to constantly be chewing, you may start to notice chew marks on food containers, furniture, flooring, pipes, wires, and other items.  

How do I get rid of mice?

The best way to get rid of your mice problem is to call a professional pest control expert.  Hoffer’s professionals have the experience, training, and knowledge you need to find all mice nesting areas and quickly eliminate all of the mice living in your home.  

If mice have invaded your home contact the experts here at Hoffer's today for more information about how our residential pest control services can remove mice from your home! 

Mice prevention tips

Along with putting into place a year-round pest control plan to control mice, there are some steps that you can take to help prevent mice from choosing your home:

  • Seal any cracks or crevices in your home’s foundation. Remember that mice can squeeze through a space the diameter of a pencil.

  • Install door sweeps.

  • Place tight fitting caps on any chimneys and be sure that vent covers are secure.

  • Use only trash cans that have tight fitting lids that lock, and store them a distance away from the exterior of your home.

  • Inside of your home eliminate food and water sources by fixing any leaky pipes or faucets, store all food in a sealed container or in the refrigerator.

  • Reduce clutter in basement and attic areas.

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