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Mouse In Your House? Is It A House Mouse Or Deer Mouse?

If you suspect you have a mouse problem in your home, it's essential to understand the type of mouse you're dealing with. There are two common species of house mice: the house mouse and the deer mouse. Although they all have similar behavior and are a nuisance, each species has distinct characteristics that set them apart. 

Knowing your enemy will help you understand how to best evict them. Here's a closer look at each:

The House Mouse

The house mouse is the most common type of mouse found in homes and is the species that most people are familiar with. They are small, typically measuring only a few inches in length, including their tails. 

House mice are light brown to grey and have large ears, small eyes, and a pointed snout. House mice are social rodents commonly found in groups, making an infestation challenging to control.

House mice are attracted to food and often venture into homes searching for an easy meal. They are known to gnaw on electrical wiring, which can be a fire hazard, and will also chew on furniture, baseboards, and other materials in search of food. House mice are active at night and often make noise in walls and ceilings. Hearing them is a sign you are dealing with house mice.

The Deer Mouse

The deer mouse is similar to the house mouse, except they are larger. They are light brown to grey and have large ears, small eyes, and a rounded snout. Deer mice are about the same size as pet rats.

Deer mice are less common in homes than house mice but can be just as much of a nuisance. They are known to cause damage to electrical wiring, just like house mice, and can also gnaw on other materials in search of food. Unlike house mice, deer mice are not social animals and are typically found alone or in breeding pairs.

If your home's mouse problem is outdoors, the mice are much more likely to be deer mice than house mice.

If you have a mouse problem, it's essential to act quickly. Mice reproduce rapidly, so a small infestation can quickly become a much larger problem if left untreated. A professional pest control company will have the experience and knowledge to correctly identify the type of mouse you're dealing with and will be able to provide safe and effective extermination services. They will also be able to advise you on how to prevent future infestations and answer any further questions you may have about mouse behavior and control.

For more information about mouse pest control, contact a local company.