The house mouse is found throughout the country in virtually any location. Next to man, it is the most widespread mammal on earth, causing economic damage in many areas. Mice are small and slender, usually 3-4 inches in length. They have large ears, small eyes, pointed nose and a tail that is as long as the head and body. Color ranges from light brown or gray to dark gray to almost black. Natural habitat consists of burrows in fields, but mice will readily nest within structures. They establish territories near food and nests. Territories are from 10-30 feet.
Mice are good climbers and can establish themselves anywhere in the home. Diet is typically small seeds, cereals or grains, but they will eat anything to survive. Mice have a huge reproductive potential, so an infestation can become serious very quickly. House mice and their associated parasites transmit many diseases to man including salmonellosis and rate bite fever. Tapeworms and ringworms are also passed from mice to humans. House mouse infestations are more readily tolerated than rat infestations, but can cause as many if not more problems to the homeowner. Cleanup is highly recommended.