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Mice Around Massachusetts

House Mice and Deer Mice

Get Control of and Prevent Mouse Problems

The house mouse originated in the grassy plains of central Asia. It was transported west on ships of early trade merchants and immigrants. Because of its small size, its adaptability and its need for extremely small amounts of food and space, the house mouse is capable of survival in nearly any environment.

Mice can be distinguished from rats by the size of their head and hind feet. Occasionally, the deer mouse and less frequently, the white-footed mouse invades buildings located near fields or wooded areas and may be confused with the house mouse. House mice are the dominant mouse in much of North America, including the Boston Metro North, Merrimack Valley and North Shore areas of Massachusetts.

If you're having a mouse problem or want to avoid one and you're in my area, call Dura Tech for professional handling of this pest, which is a known disease carrier. With my 34+ years of experience, you can bet I've seen more than my share and you can also bet they wish they hadn't seen me (sorry, Morty).

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Getting to Know the Enemy

What Mice Eat

Mice are considered omnivores (they will eat almost anything), but cereal grains and various seeds are preferred.

Mice have even been known to eat each other - in times of stress or when food is scarce.

The house mouse has specialized body functions which allow it to conserve water.

Here are some more favorite foods of mice:

  • Meats

  • Peanut butter

  • Nuts and candies (such as M&Ms)

  • Sweet liquids

Mouse Breeding and Activity Patterns

Feeding peaks occur during the night, with the heaviest activity at dusk and shortly before dawn.

In buildings with continuous light, mice feed when there is the least amount of activity.

Constant sightings of numerous mice during the day may be a sign of a severe infestation.

  • A single female typically produces an average of about eight litters in a lifetime, although she is capable of producing a litter every 24-28 days.

  • The gestation period is only 19 days.

  • A female mouse produces between four and seven pups per litter.

Where Mice Live

In suburban and rural areas, the mouse may live in buildings, but also commonly lives outdoors among weeds and shrubbery, near foundations, or within storage sheds, garages, and crawl spaces.

Indoors, mice set up their nests near food sources, and once established, stay close to home, treveling only short distances between the food and the nest.

Indoors, nests may be located in:

  • Walls, closet, ceiling and cabinet voids

  • In the bases of large appliances, in storage boxes, or even dresser drawer

  • In crawl spaces

  • Mice have also been found nesting in upholstered furniture.

Young male mice leaving the nest must fight to take over the territory of another mouse or keep moving until an unclaimed area is found. This is how mouse infestatsions can spread from one part of a building to another.

Outdoors, mice construct their nests among debris or in ground burrows.

Mice and Diseases

Both Mice and the Ticks and Fleas They Carry Can Mean Disease

Mice carry some diseases, including hantavirus. Additionally the mites, fleas, ticks and lice they transport may be harboring disease.

The common house mouse is considered the primary carrier of Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM), a viral infectious disease similar to meningitis or encephalitis, depending on the strain contracted. The virus is found in the saliva, urine, and feces of infected mice. Infected mice carry LCMV and shed it for the duration of their lives without showing any sign of illness. Individuals of all ages who come into contact with urine, feces, saliva, or blood of the house mouse are potentially at risk for infection.

The deer mouse is the primary rodent associated with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). White-footed mice are also responsible for some strains of hantavirus.

Lyme disease can be contracted from the bites from the ticks mice may bring with them.

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Did You Know?

  • Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a nickel.

  • Micro droplets of mouse urine can cause allergies in children.

  • Mice can bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice (along with the problems they cause) into your home.

  • Rickettsial pox (similar to chicken pox) is transmitted by mites from infected mice.

  • In livestock facilities and poultry operations, the house mouse can have significant involvement in spreading salmonella.

Get Year-Round Pest Protection

Quarterly Pest Management Give You the Upper Hand

If you're in my Boston metro service area, you owe it to yourself to get pest protection for your family and your home from pests and the diseases they carry all year long with a comprehensive, single-family home, quarterly pest control service plan from Dura Tech.

  • Each program starts with a complete inspection and price quote. There is a $40 fee for this inspection, which you get back if you become a Dura Tech customer. Dura Tech does not conduct wood destroying insect inspections as required by HUD, VA and conventional lenders for the transfer or sale of real estate.

  • Your pest management program is customized to meet your needs.

  • Mice are included in this program,as well as a number of other rodents and insects that are common to our area.

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