Three major types of mice in Michigan.
the Deer mouse prefer to live in wooded areas but will venture into homes, sheds, and garages.
White footed mouse looks very similar to the deer mouse but with out the bulbous eyes and as the name states has white feet and a white underbelly.
the House mouse are active all year long and very prolific with 4-16 young in a litter and 7-8 litters a year. Color is brown to a gray, without a white belly, and smaller head
The house mouse, is one of the most persistent and invasive pests in North America. The presence of mice can be unnerving; many people are frightened by the sight or even signs of a mouse in the home. Their tendency to get into food stored in cupboards and pantries, pollute areas of the home with urine and feces, as well as their ability to reproduce quickly, make them a particular nuisance. They infest both residential and commercial properties. Mice are extraordinarily resilient; properly eliminating them requires knowledge and experience of mice and their habits.
In many cases, mouse activity is encouraged by certain human activities that create conditions conducive to rodents. Some of these activities include:
Boxed food stored on the ground in pantries
Woodchips against the foundation of the house
Pet food left out in the open
Unsanitary living conditions
Standing water anywhere in the house (except the sump basin)
Improperly stored garbage or trash bags left out
Garage doors left open at night
When people realize they have a problem, conventional, individual mouse trapping is often the first thing they attempt. It is not difficult to catch a few mice using individual traps, but trapping usually is not sufficient to deal with larger mouse infestations. For one thing, most homeowners do not start trapping until they have already found evidence of mouse activity in their home (feces, urine trails, cereal boxes with the corners gnawed, etc.); unfortunately, by the time this happens the mouse problem has usually become so critical that laying a few traps is no longer sufficient to handle it.
Another factor is that many homeowners do not know how to place traps effectively; successful trapping requires a knowledge of the habits and movements of mice in order to place the traps in the best locations.
Finally, individual trapping is unable to eliminate an entire population, which is especially important given the mice’s ability to reproduce quickly. In fact, pregnant females will seldom venture out during their gestational period, which means you are very unlikely to catch them by individual trapping. Mice also leave pheromone trails behind wherever they go; pheromone trails are chemical indicators that attract other mice, even after the mouse that left the trail has been removed. Any removal efforts will be ineffective unless all mice in the area can be eliminated. Individual trapping is an effective indicator for the presence of mice in an area, but is not a suitable technique for eliminating entire populations in most circumstances.
In order to remove an entire population, something is needed that can both take care of existing mice and exclude any future mice from getting into the home. Wolfgang pest solutions techs are experts in identifying rodent entry points, locating nesting areas, and removing and excluding mice to keep your home mouse-free. Our technicians will begin by talking with you about the activity you have witnessed, followed by a thorough foundation to roof-line inspection (including the attic) which will identify entry points, nesting sites and potential problem areas. Our technicians will give quotes for repairing entry points, suggest environmental changes and install tamper-resistant rodenticide bait stations to eliminate the existing mouse population.
Just a few Diseases that Mice and Rats carry