As the weather turns colder in New England, mice and other types of rodents seek warmth and shelter from the elements. Rodents may find entry points into homes, sheds, and even cars and set up nests inside. Mice only require a dime sized opening to enter an area. Once inside, mice multiply extremely quickly and can be difficult to eliminate without the help of a professional.
Types of Mice
There are about ten different types of mice that can be found in New England, but there are three main types that enter homes. The house mouse, the deer mouse, and the white-footed mouse are common New England pests. These three different types of mice have distinguishing characteristics that can help in identification and elimination.
House mice are typically light brown, gray, or black with lighter abdomens. House mice have long tails, short hair, and small black eyes. These mice may grow seven to eight inches long.
Deer mice are slightly smaller than house mice, usually about six and a half inches long. The ears and eyes of deer mice are larger than those of house mice. Deer mice tails are shorter, hairy, and bi-colored. Deer mice are usually a mix of browns and grays with white feet and abdomens.
White-footed mice are usually about eight inches long with a very long tail. The ears and eyes of white-footed mice are large and look similar to those of deer mice. White-footed mice have white feet and undersides and fur can be brown, gray, or red, often with a black or dark stripe down the center of the back.
Dangers of Mice Infestations
Mice can cause extensive damage and can put home residents in danger. The teeth of mice continue to grow throughout their lives, so they chew continuously to file the teeth. Mice may chew through anything that is softer than their teeth, including wires, wood support beams, walls, and other structures that may cause safety hazards. Mice may also carry diseases such as Lyme disease and Hantavirus. The feces and urine of mice can spread diseases and cause illness.
After hearing scratching noises, spotting droppings, or seeing mice in the home, homeowners should contact Bain Pest Control. Bain Pest Control will perform a full assessment on the home to identify and seal off entry points for rodents. Bain Pest Control Service specialists will then work to eliminate the infestation as quickly as possible to prevent further damage and danger. A combination of baits, snap traps, and glue traps may be used to eliminate mice infestations quickly and conveniently.
Call us today at 978-452-9621 to begin rodent control before mice choose your home for the winter!