House Mouse – Mus musculus
- brown to gray colored fur, with a lighter colored belly and large ears
- tail is naked and about the same length as the head and body combined
- 5 to 8 inches long, including tail
- create nests in protected areas out of paper, cardboard, fabric and other materials
- broad diet, usually cereal grains
- contaminate food, damage property and may transmit disease
Mice often chew through wires and other household items, causing significant damage.
- Repair or seal all openings that allow entrance.
- Remove indoor and outdoor debris that could harbor mice.
- Clear high weeds that serve as food and shelter during warm weather.
- Clean up food scraps and store foods in plastic containers with lids.
Mice droppings are one of the most common indicators of this pest.
Publications – Colorado School IPM Fact Sheets & Handbook
Publications — Other States
Integrated Pest Management of the House Mouse in Schools, Oregon State University
Pests of Homes, Structures, People, and Pets – House Mouse, University of California, Davis