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Pests – Mice

IDENTIFICATION

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.

Photo: Maine Deer Mouse

A Maine Deer Mouse

On Mice

“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.”

The presence of mice can be determined by a number of signs. Droppings may be found along run-ways, in feeding areas, and near shelter. Differentiating between mouse droppings and those of certain insects may be difficult. Mouse droppings are about 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) long, whereas those of cockroaches are usually 1/8 to 1/4 inch (0.3 to 0.6 cm) long and under a magnifying glass show distinct longitudinal ridges and squared-off ends. In comparison, droppings of bats contain insect fragments and are more easily crushed between the fingers.
Photo: A Maine House Mouse.

A Maine House Mouse

Mice can at times be vermin, damaging and eating crops, causing structural damage and spreading diseases through their parasites and feces. In North America, breathing dust that has come in contact with mouse excrement has been linked to hantavirus, which may lead to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).
Photo: A Maine White Footed Mouse.

A Maine White-Footed Mouse

Primarily nocturnal animals, mice compensate for their poor eyesight with a keen sense of hearing, and rely especially on their sense of smell to locate food and avoid predators.Mice build intricate burrows in the wild. These burrows typically have long entrances and are equipped with escape tunnels/routes. In at least one species, the architectural design of a burrow is a genetic trait.

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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