What are mice?
Mice are small rodents. They are one of the most common household pests in Rhode Island. In New England, the mice you’re most likely to encounter are house mice and deer mice.
What do mice look like?
Mice are very small; their bodies are generally 2-3” long. They are typically gray, brown, or black.
Are mice dangerous?
Mice typically only bite if they are cornered. Their greater danger lies in their chewing. Mice teeth are constantly growing and mice need to continuously chew to keep their teeth from getting too long. In the wild, this means they chew on branches and twigs. In your home? They’re chewing on electrical wires and that can result in a house fire. Mice are also potential carriers of disease.
What are the signs of a mouse infestation?
Typically, people see mouse droppings long before they see or hear mice. These droppings are usually found in pantry areas, where food is stored. Mice tend to be more active at night, so you’ll almost never catch them in the act. Mouse droppings are black and 1⁄4” long. People also find their nests during home repairs. Their nests are usually made of shredded materials like paper, cardboard, and cloth.
How long do mice live?
House mice can live up to two years. One female can have 90 offspring in her lifetime, so the potential for a major infestation is high.
How do I get rid of mice?
Getting rid of mice is usually a multistep process that includes finding, trapping, and then blocking rodent entry points. Mice can enter your home or business through an opening that is just 1⁄4” wide. A good solid understanding of rodent behavior is key, and that’s why we think this is a job that requires professional mouse control service, like the one we offer at Debug.