The mouse most commonly encountered indoors in New England is the house mouse. House mice are nocturnal, omnivorous and very curious little rodents, weighing only about an ounce and ranging from 2-3 ½ inches long. Their small size lets them get inside your home through holes or gaps smaller than a dime.
Mice are nocturnal by nature, making daytime sightings rare, except in cases of heavy infestation, which can happen fairly quickly because sexual maturity occurs at 2 months of age, the average litter has 8 pups and there can be 10 litters in a year.
Mice and other rodents are especially prevalent during the cooler months, when they seek shelter indoors. Due to the health and property risks associated with these pests, eliminating them is of key importance.
Mice carry bacteria, such as salmonella, on their bodies; the common white-footed deer mouse is a primary carrier of the deer tick, which transmits Lyme disease and is also linked to potentially fatal Hantavirus.
Once inside your home, mice get into stored food products where their urine, fecal droppings and hairs quickly contaminate your cabinets, counter tops and cooking surfaces. Mice contaminate 10 times more food than they eat!
They can also cause real damage to your home with their gnawing, even causing fires by gnawing on wire insulation. Repairs of mouse damage can be expensive.