…Old Man Winter is here with the colder temperatures and you can be assured the common house mouse is looking for a place to stay. We are receiving several calls a day from frustrated homeowners that they have discovered signs of a rodent infestation. The first sign is usually droppings found in cabinets and pantries. Another sign of rodent presence is shredded materials from food boxes and paper towels that are being used as nesting material.

With their dusky gray colored back and lighter gray on their underside, the common house mouse will nest in any portion of the house usually near a food source. The mice are very active at night and will limit their traveling in any direction up to 50 feet away from the nest.

The old saying, “We have a mouse in the house,” is often wrong. The house mouse reproduces very quickly, having an average of 6 per litter and up to 8 times a year! So if you see a mouse in the house, there are more than likely, several more close by.

The biggest problem with this household pest is the contamination of our food. These rodents are urinating and leaving behind droppings over our food preparing surfaces and sometimes unprotected foods, causing the spread of many harmful diseases.

Control starts with sanitation and there is no substitute for this. Sanitation must be achieved both inside the structure and outside. If you have pets, don’t leave food containers out and keep high vegetation down. Also limit openings for the mice to enter your home. This can be a challenge since a full grown mouse can squeeze through a ¼” opening.

An infestation of mice in a home requires quick and often professional help due to the rapid reproductive rate of the rodents. Contact US Termite for a rodent control program to protect your property and your health.