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More About Mice

Mice are a common rodent in North America, although they are found throughout the world. There are over 20 different types of mice, the most common being the white-footed mouse, the deer mouse and the field mouse. Although they are a popular pet, wild mice can be harmful home pests if not handled properly.

One of the most adaptable mammals on the planet, mice are capable of surviving in a wide-range of environments from fields and wooded areas to urban centers and residential homes. They are expert food scavengers and can eat a variety of plants and food scraps. Their small size makes it easy for them to seek shelter in a variety of hard-to-reach areas, and these nests can be tough to find because mice are nocturnal and thus rarely active during the day. 

Mice have large front teeth capable of gnawing through furniture, electrical wires, and even structural timbers within a home. Mice are also famously prolific breeders, and female mice continuously bear offspring, up to 6 to 8 litters per year. As a result, if an infestation goes unchecked, mice can cause startling amounts of damage to a home. On top of damage to your home, mice are also vehicles for things like tapeworm and Lyme disease, which they can then transmit to humans. Mouse feces contains high levels of bacteria that can contaminate food sources and living areas, so it is critical to remain vigilant.