A mouse (plural: mice) is a small mammal belonging to the order of rodents, characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, and a long naked or almost hairless tail. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse (Mus musculus). It is also a popular pet. In some places, certain kinds of field mice are also common. This rodent is eaten by large birds such as hawks and eagles. They are known to invade homes for food and occasionally shelter.
Mice can at times be vermin, damaging and eating crops, causing structural damage and spreading diseases through their parasites and feces. In North America, breathing dust that has come in contact with mouse excrement has been linked to Hantavirus, which may lead to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).
Mice are primarily nocturnal animals and compensate for their poor eyesight with a keen sense of hearing, and rely especially on their sense of smell to locate food and avoid predators.
PREVENTION & TREATMENT:
Prevention Methods: First it’s important to seal up any open areas around your home in which mice can enter. Mice have soft cartilage which means that they can fit through holes the size of a dime. To decrease the likelihood of a mouse infestation; unclutter your home including the attic and garage; mice like to hide in and under clutter.
If you keep food in your garage, it’s important to package it properly. Use appropriate storage containers such as: stainless steel, glass or thick plastic containers. Mice can chew through boxes and paper bags with very little effort.
Treatment: After taking the above precautions, it may be necessary to get a professional pest control treatment to ensure the problem does not persist. Professional treatments may consist of traps, baiting, and the use of non-toxic chemicals to treat the area so the mice do not return to the treated area.