Mice - Humboldt County Pests

Mice


Mice Identification:
Mice are smaller rodents than rats, and can be identified by evidence they leave behind such as fresh gnaw marks, droppings, and tracks. Their tails are about half the size of their bodies, which with the tail included can span from between 5 and 7 inches long. Although they are mostly active at night, they can be spotted during daylight hours occasionally.
 
Dangers:
A single mouse can contaminate much more food than it eats. Mice can destroy structures and cause property damage. Mice can also carry pathogens such as the food poisoning disease, salmonella. The deer mouse, which is common in California has been known to carry the Sin Nombre virus, a potentially fatal pulmonary syndrome. 
 
Mice Infestations:
A mouse infestation is one of the most costly pest problems to fix. Due to their small body size, they can infiltrate buildings and spaces that might seem improbable. Because of their ability to find their way into small spaces, a mouse infestation is much more common than a rat infestation. One female mouse can produce as many as 10 liters in a single year, and within two months of birth mice are capable of reproduction. All of these factors make it possible for numbers to grow at a disparaging rate.