House Mouse

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Actual Size: 5” to 8” long including the tail

Characteristics: Light brown to gray to nearly black. Large ears compared to the body.

Habitat: Outside, they build nests near trees. Inside, they inhabit wall voids, cabinets, and garages.

Habits:

  • House mice reproduce quickly and they are most active at night.
  • Their small size allows them to nest within a variety of indoor secluded voids that are near heat, moisture, and a wide variety of food.
  • They gain access through dime-sized holes, and beneath exterior doors.

House Mice in Central Florida

If you have a mouse problem in your property, there’s a big chance you’re dealing with house mice. These rodents are one of the most common pest problems for homeowners in Florida, and are troublesome due to their rapid rate of reproduction. House mice are commensal, meaning they are generally found living in close association with humans and dependent upon the human habitat for shelter and food. House mice thrive throughout the year and can be found in homes, commercial buildings, open fields, and agricultural lands. They contaminate food meant for humans and pets as they forage, dropping feces and urine along the way. Their foraging and reproducing can be a major nuisance to homeowners throughout the year.

House Mouse Habitat

If they are outside, house mice most often nest in fields or beneath trees and shrubs. When they are indoors, they will target a number of areas: wall voids, kitchen cabinets, attics, and garages, among other places. Droppings, fresh gnaw marks, and tracks or rub marks indicate areas where mice are active. Nests are made from finely shredded paper or other fibrous material, usually in sheltered locations. House mice have a characteristic musky odor that reveals their presence. People will most often see house mice at night, which is when they’re most active. However, they can be seen during the daytime in more serious infestations.

House Mouse Habits & Dangers

House mice are omnivorous but prefer grains and cereals. House mice contaminate food and are implicated in the transmission of diseases such as salmonella and bubonic plague. The house mouse can cause significant damage to structures by gnawing and tunneling through walls. Mice have also been implicated in the generation of fires and explosions in homes and buildings. Chewed, exposed wires inside walls can spark and create a major fire hazard.

As soon as you notice house mice in your Orlando area property, it’s best to contact your local rodent control experts.