Other Names: Field Mouse, White-footed Mouse
Feasting on seeds, grains and fruit, Field Mice often aggravate farmers when they infiltrate grain silos and storage bins. These rodents are well-known carriers of the deadly Hantavirus which has caused numerous deaths in the United States. As prolific breeders, they pose serious health risks for humans and pets.
- Identify Damage
Droppings, gnaw marks, and urine odors are just a few signs of mice activity.
Droppings are the most commonly encountered evidence of rodent activity. Even a small mouse infestation can produce literally thousands of droppings in a short period of time.
An adult deer mouse typically produces 50 to 75 droppings per day. These fecal pellets are usually dark-colored, 1/4 inch in length, and pointed at both ends.
Evidence of recent gnawing is an excellent sign for determining the presence of mice. Besides chewing wires, mice gnaw on plastic items, wood, bags, and corners of cereal boxes.
Additionally, they will shred paper from books and paper towels for their nests.
Mouse holes are typically small, clean-cut holes about 1/2 inch in diameter.
Another indication that mice are present is a strong musty odor. Cats and dogs may excitedly sniff and probe an area where rats or mice are present, and often indicate this by scratching or making unusual sounds.
- Control Options