Do you have a mouse problem? You are not alone. Mice have been one of the most common home invaders throughout history. These small rodents, along with rats, can devour your food, damage your walls, and can create all sorts of havoc for homeowners. The most common reason that mice find their way into your house is that they are either seeking shelter, warmth, food, water, or all of the above. They are a real source of aggravation. Nevertheless, over the years, Miller Pest & Termite Omaha have received many interesting questions about mice. Today’s article shares some of the most frequent and common.
1. How Do I Know If I Have Mice?
Mice in Omaha are sneaky critters and can go unseen good for months. Moreover, you may think you only have one mouse, but if you have seen one, there is a very good chance there is an invisible and growing infestation. Regardless, there are some telltale signs. The first sign is typically rodent noises, such as scratching and the pitter-patter of little feet. Next, you will find debris caused as the mice chew their way into food packaging. You will notice holes in food containers, crumbs, seed husks, and other mess left behind. Nests and nesting material kicked about is another obvious sign. Finally, you will likely discover urine and fecal matter. Anywhere a mouse has been, they will leave droppings.
2. How Can I Tell the Difference Between a Rat and a Mouse?
Rats and mice not only look different, they exhibit different behaviors. Rats are much more cautious and will take their time getting to know their environment. On the other hand, mice are very curious and love to investigate. However, many of the signs are the same, such as rodent noises, droppings, and the like. Visually, rats are much larger. A mouse will be between 2 and 3.5 inches, while a rat can grow to twice the length.
3. What Do Mice Like to Eat?
In nature, mice are mostly vegetarian but will eat meat. In densely populated areas, where there are buildings, homes, parks, and cars, mice are scavengers and will often go through the garbage and consume food scraps. Regardless, at the end of the day, they will eat anything they can get and are even known to become cannibals.
4. Are Mice More Common in the Winter?
Anytime the weather turns colder, mice will move into homes to find warmth, shelter, and food. They gain access by squeezing themselves into any small hole, crack, or crevice. Your home is a safe environment with easy access to an abundant food supply, a warm place to have their babies, and security from predators.
5. How Long Can a Mouse Live?
In the wild, the typical mouse has a life expectancy of about 6 months. In the safety and security of a house, they can average 3 years. Nevertheless, the issue is not their lifespan, it is their breeding habits. A single female can produce between 25 and 60 offspring every year. Once they start reproducing, you have more than just a problem, you have a mouse infestation. Once a female becomes pregnant, she will give birth to 5-6 mouse pups in roughly 20 days. Moreover, she can immediately mate again, repeating the cycle every 25 days or so until she dies.
6. Are Mice Aggressive to People?
Mice are generally peaceful creatures. You don’t have to worry about them crawling into bed and biting you. However, they may bite if they are scared and as a way to defend themselves. That said, mice are not aggressive and would prefer to just run away. If they do bite, it is out of a reflex from being startled or feeling cornered.
Do you still have questions? What haven’t we covered yet that is important to you? If you would like to talk about mice, or a related topic, please contact us.