House Mice

House Mice

House Mice

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House Mice

House mice can be almost as destructive to a home as Norway or roof rats, as they will chew on and contaminate different areas of the structure. House mice are much smaller proportionally than rats, particularly in the head and feet, and will continually excrete their waste as they move about. The house mouse has a light-colored belly, but their other skin and hair color can vary from light brown all the way to black.

House mice will also reproduce rapidly, and are extremely mobile. Because of their smaller frames, house mice can fit into spaces as small as a dime. They will utilize power lines and foliage to gain access to attics and rooftops, and once within a house will use pipe chases and interior wall voids to move from area to area. House mice will eat just about anything they come across, especially inside of a residential environment.

Habits

Rodents are problematic inside of any structure. While rodent issues will generally be more pervasive in areas where construction may be older and sanitation may not be ideal, rodents can infest any building. Recognition of a rodent problem is not necessarily a reflection on one’s tidiness or cleanliness; it is unfortunately a byproduct of living in the Pacific Northwest and requires expertise and care to manage.

Rodents are well-suited to the Portland and Vancouver area. They have a high reproductive rate and compete well for resources with other scavengers (they have been known to attack other animals such as fish, birds, and other mammals).

Rodents can burrow long distances to obtain food and shelter from predators. Most rodents can survive a fall of up to fifty feet, making them fearless climbers and able to travel across power lines and tree branches.

Rodent Damage

Rodents can be vectors for various diseases and bacteria. Rats were historically the carriers for the Bubonic plague, and have been responsible for millions of deaths worldwide. Rats are especially problematic as carriers of disease because they so often attempt to live as close to humans as possible (our food and garbage/waste provide a major source of food and harborage for rodent populations).

Rodents can also cause more basic damage in a variety of ways. They can contaminate our attics and crawl spaces with their droppings and urine; they can chew through expandable foam, electrical wires, and even the wood inside of our homes; they can destroy our gardens and eat our food; and perhaps most damaging, they can destroy our peace of mind and sense of security when we hear them inside of our homes and places of business.

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