There’s good reason that Jerry the mouse is always outsmarting Tom the cat in the classic cartoon – mice are small, sneaky, quick, and clever! They can easily enter a home that isn’t properly rodent proofed to take up residence, especially in the colder months. A mice infestation, in addition to being down right disgusting, is dangerous because mice can carry diseases and are destructive to personal property. Read on to learn more about the most common mice that may invade your home:
The house mouse, the kind that one might keep as a pet or use in a lab, is active year-round. They are incredibly adaptable to their surroundings and environmental conditions, which makes them even more of a threat! They typically live in the ground and tend to burrow, but they can climb. House mice have a length of about 3 to 3.9 inches and weigh about 1.5 ounces. They
can vary in color and have short hair, with little hair on their ears and bellies. House mice are sometimes confused with the young brown rat but are distinguished by their small feet and heard and large eyes and ears.
Deer mice typically live in wooded areas, and prefer it there, but may find their way into structures in or near the woods. They are extremely agile and are excellent climbers, so don’t be surprised if you find them on your second or third levels or in your attic. Deer mice are nocturnal and hunt at night. The deer mouse head and body is about 2.75 to four inches long with a tail that can range from 2 to 5 inches long. They can be pale gray and reddish brown with a white belly. Their very long tails are usually bi-colored and covered in short hair.
The white-footed mouse, also known as a woodmouse, is found throughout the eastern United States. They are generally timid mice and will avoid humans but occasionally build nests and store food in ground floor walls. As its name implies, the white-footed mouse has white feet and a white belly. The rest of its body and tail range from gray to reddish-brown. The white-footed mouse is about 3.5 inches long with the tail adding another 2.5 to 4 inches to its length.
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