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Pests – Mice
Maine has three type of mice: deer, house and white-footed. The mice are small and about 1-2 inches long, excluding the tail. They require very little water, obtaining most of their water needs from their food. Mice can consume large quantities of stored seed and grains from farmers and granaries.
A Maine Deer Mouse
“A mouse is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail, and a high breeding rate. The best-known mouse species is the common house mouse. It is also a popular pet.”
A Maine House Mouse
A Maine White-Footed Mouse
MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION
Effective mouse control involves sanitation, mouse-proof construction, and population reduction. The first two are useful as preventive measures. When a mouse infestation already exists, some form of population reduction is almost always necessary. Reduction techniques include trapping and poisoning.”
The most successful and permanent form of mouse control is to “build them out” by eliminating all openings through which they can enter a structure. All places where food is stored, processed, or used should be made mouse-proof. Always store Dried grain and meat products in glass jars, metal canisters, or other resealable airtight containers.
Although mice are easily frightened by strange or unfamiliar noises, they quickly become accustomed to regularly repeated sounds. They are often found living in grain mills or factories and other noisy locations. Ultrasonic sounds, those above the range of human hearing, have minimal use in rodent control because they are directional and do not penetrate behind objects. Also, they lose their intensity quickly with distance. There is little evidence that the sound of any type will drive established mice or rats from buildings because they rapidly become accustomed to the sound.
Although cats, dogs, and other predators may kill mice, they do not give sufficient control in most circumstances. But, rodents may live in very close association with dogs and cats. Mice may obtain much of their diet from the pet’s dish or from what pets spill.
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