Mice Identification & Prevention

Learn how to control and prevent mice in Sonoma County, California, with the help of the information in our mouse pest guide.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Mice

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What are mice?

Mice are a type of small rodent. These small mammals are distributed worldwide and, as prey animals, provide a source of nutrition for many other animals.

As its name suggests, the house mouse is the most common species to find its way to our homes and other structures. They have adapted to living with people and thrive living behind the walls of our homes.

House mice are identified by their small oval body covered with grayish or light brown fur. Lighter cream-colored fur covers their underbelly. Mouse noses are pointed, and they have large ears that stand up off their heads. Velvety fur covers their ears and long tail. Reach out to us today for pest control in Sonoma County.

Are mice dangerous?

There are many reasons why mice are dangerous, and we should never share our homes with them. 

  • Mice carry many parasites in their fur, including fleas and ticks.
  • Mice spread bacteria and human pathogens through direct contact or contact with their saliva, urine, or feces. 
  • They destroy food packaging and contaminate our food.
  • Mice chew on and damage buildings' wires, pipes, insulation, and other structural elements.
  • Mice are also attracted to and eat vehicle wires, upholstery, and insulation, causing expensive damage.
  • Mice damage personal property like boxes, books, clothing, upholstered furniture, and bedding. 
  • Mouse droppings, urine, and shed fur emit allergens that trigger breathing difficulties, skin rashes, and other allergies.

If mice have found their way into your home, you must immediately eliminate them to guard your home and family against these dangers. 

Why do I have a mouse problem?

House mice are a type of commensal rodent, meaning they have developed a close relationship with people and have become reliant on people for their basic needs. Our indoor and outdoor spaces provide mice with reliable food, water, and shelter sources.

Mice are also problematic because they are adaptable, multiply quickly, and are nocturnal. They hide during the day and come out at night to forage. Their ability to stay out of our sight allow them to take hold of our properties before they, their droppings, or their damages are finally noticed. Things like a musty, foul odor, hearing noises behind walls, or finding gnaw marking throughout your home, should alert you to a problem with these pests.

It's important to contact a local rodent exclusion expert at the first signs of a mouse infestation in your home.

Where will I find mice?

Though house mice can survive outside, they have adapted to living inside structures like houses, garages, sheds, and commercial facilities.

Like all prey animals, mice like to live in areas that shield them from predators. Outside, mice live in tall grass, fallen trees, gardens, and ground holes. They also seek shelter under rocks, woodpiles, and yard debris.

Mice move into our homes and other structures seeking safe nesting spots and food. Inside our homes, mice nest in dark, quiet hard-to-reach areas. Wall voids, vents, attics, and space behind cabinets, appliances, and large pieces of furniture are places mice commonly build their nests.

How do I get rid of mice?

Mice are one of the most common types of rodents to invade our Sonoma County homes. If they have found their way into your house, immediately contact a local professional for assistance.

You can count on the experts at California Exterminators Alliance to help you solve your home's mouse problems. We will remove these small rodents from your home and help you make changes to prevent them from returning.

Our experts are committed to helping our customers maintain homes free of rodents and other pests. Trust us to perform the best home pest control and commercial pest control in Sonoma County.

How can I prevent mice in the future?

Prevent problems with mice by removing as many points of entry into your home as possible. Pay close attention to small gaps and holes; adult mice will fit through a hole the size of a dime and juvenile mice can fit through even smaller openings. Implement the following exclusion tips.

  • Never leave basement or garage doors open for long periods.
  • Keep caps on chimneys.
  • Fill in spaces around pipes and other utilities entering your home.
  • Keep mesh covers on vents.
  • Make sure all exterior doors have door sweeps.
  • Repair damage to the roofline and foundation of your home.

If you are dealing with a problem with mice in your Sonoma County home, contact California Exterminators Alliance immediately. We provide mouse control services you can trust.

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