The house mouse can range in colour from grey to brown/black and is generally 5-7 inches in length.
Their droppings are a ¼ of an inch, black and rice shaped. Usually you can find their feces concentrated
in nesting and breeding areas as well as were they have been foraging. Mice are nocturnal by nature but
you can find them going about their business during the day if there are low light conditions in the
What do mice eat?
The house mouse has different eating habits than a mouse you would find outside living in a field.. Field
mice prefer to stick to grains, insects, fruits and seeds but the house mouse is more opportunistic and
will feed on anything that is edible around your household.. They will get into anything that is hanging
about on your counters but they will also chew through cardboard, Tupperware containers and plastic
to get to a foreseeable food source.
Dangers of mice in your home
Mice can be very destructive living in an indoor environment; if not controlled they will breed at a rapid
rate and become infested in a few months time. Mice have incisors that are continuously growing and
they have a constant urge to chew to keep them shaped down to size. They like to chew on hard things
like wood, plastic and electrical wires. Chewing on wood and plastic is something you can replace but
when they start chewing through electrical wires it can cause a short and start fires.
Also, mice cannot control their bladder which means when they are walking about on your counter tops
foraging they are constantly dripping urine onto surfaces where you cook your meals. This is very
dangerous because mice carry an abundance of diseases. From the Bubonic plague to fleas, mice are
defiantly not a welcome invader in your home; here are some other diseases they carry.
-Leptospirosis, Murine typhus, Rickettsialpox, Tularemia, lymphocytic choriomeningitis , Salmonella and
the microscopic eggs of Tapeworms.
What can you do to prevent an infestation?
– Do not leave open food out in the kitchen overnight
– Do not leave uneaten pet food in dishes out overnight
– Remove all food waste spillages as they occur
– Empty food waste bins regularly
– If you compost make sure it is sealed tight in an aluminum bin.
– Place food in rodent proof containers (preferably aluminum)
– Ensure that refuse is not allowed to accumulate in the yard or garden
– Place food intended for garden birds on a bird table or feeder, don’t place food
for birds directly onto the ground
– Ensure that any gaps, holes and broken air vents in outside walls are sealed to prevent
mice gaining access into your home (mice can squeeze through a gap the size of a dime)
– In apartment buildings or condos make sure all holes are filled where heaters meet the walls and under
the sink areas. (Use steel wool to stuff in holes)