House Mouse

The house mouse (Mus musculus) is a small rodent, a mouse, one of the most numerous species of the genus Mus. As a wild animal the house mouse mainly lives associated with humans, causing damage to crops and stored food. The house mouse has been domesticated as the pet or fancy mouse, and as the laboratory mouse which is one of the most important model organisms in biology and medicine. It is by far the most commonly used genetically altered laboratory mammal.

There is no way of placing a monetary value on human suffering and damage caused by mice. The greatest loss is probably not what mice eat, but what is wasted and contaminated.

Identification

The house mouse is a delicate, agile, little rodent. It has a slightly pointed nose; relatively small feet; small, black, somewhat protruding eyes; large, sparsely-haired ears; and a nearly hairless tail about as long as its body, with obvious scale rings. They vary in colour but are generally grayish-brown throughout with a gray or buff belly. Adults weigh 10-30 g (2/5 to one oz.) and measure 65 to 90 mm (2 1/2 to 3 3/4 in.) in total body length, including the tail.

The house mouse is not native to North America. It originated from Asia, arriving and travelling across North America with settlers from Europe and elsewhere. A very adaptive species, the house mouse depends upon man for shelter and food, particularly in cooler climates, and this close association with humans classifies it as a “commensal rodent” (like the Norway rat).

In six months, one pair of mice can eat more than two kilograms (4 lbs.) of food and deposit about 18,000 droppings. Food contaminated by mice is about ten times greater than what is eaten. Also, food wasted by mouse nibbling is much more than what is eaten. So common are mice, that it is no wonder their hairs and sometimes droppings, end up in all types of food commodities, from canned beans to loaves of bread. Structural damage caused by rodents can be expensive. In recent years the trend toward use of insulated confinement facilities to raise swine and poultry, for instance, has led to increased rodent damage. Mice are very destructive to rigid foam, fibreglass batt and other types of insulation in walls and attics of such structures.

Mice also gnaw wooden structures causing grain and feed to be wasted. They also undermine buildings by burrowing, which eventually causes structural failure and collapse. Electrical wiring gnawed by mice causes many fires each year, listed as “cause unknown”.
Public Health Impact

Mice and their parasites are implicated in the transmission of a number of diseases including salmonellosis, rickettsialpox and most recently hantavirus. Bacterial food poisoning occurs when foods are contaminated with infected rodent droppings. Mice also carry many types of tapeworms and roundworms, infectious to pets and humans. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), which causes severe illness and even death in humans, is transmitted by several mouse species including the white-footed mouse.

To reduce the risk of contacting organisms transmitted by mice, you should practise these common sense precautions:

  • Eliminate mice from residential areas by removing food sources and access for mice.
  • Clean up mouse-contaminated areas by using wet methods, including disinfectants such as bleach.
  • Handle mice and other rodents with gloved hands.
  • Avoid sweeping and vacuuming when possible, or wear a dust mask to reduce exposure to fine dust particles. Campers should avoid obviously infested areas.
  • In high risk areas wear a high efficiency, particulate respirator (i.e. 3M model 9970).
  • Discourage children from playing with or trapping mice and should not keep wild mice as pets for “science projects”
  • De-worm household and farmyard pets regularly.

Control

Residential Rodent Control Information. What Absolute Pest Control will do for you:

Absolute Pest Control will place tamper resistant, locked bait stations in strategic locations in your house. This will eliminate all the mice in your house, and it is safe for everybody including your pet.
We will do the same thing on the exterior of your house, like the garage, shed, under decks and porch etc.
We will complete a visual inspection on the exterior of your house and fix any possible rodent entry ways for you. We will advise you of any structural deficiencies that maybe too big for us to fix.
Absolute Pest Control will answer any questions you may have about the process.
We will return in 30 days to complete the follow-up service, which is included in the price. The follow-up is to ensure your house is now rodent free. We will inspect all areas and service all the bait stations. The bait stations now will be located to serve a preventive control function.
We guarantee to eliminate the mice in your house. The guarantee will be for four (4) month after the follow up service.

What you have to do:
You don’t have to do anything to the bait stations. The best thing is to leave them where the technician placed them.
You need to be aware that dogs really like this rodenticide. The Technician will place the stations where it is not accessible for your children or your pet. If you move a station make certain it will not be accessible to your child or pet. If you do have a pet we recommend that the pet food dish is empty during the night and that the pet food is stored in a plastic container that can be sealed. Pet Food is a favored food source for mice. The same should be done to Bird Seed and your household garbage.
Try not to store building material and firewood right against your home.
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