The common house mouse weighs less than one ounce and is from 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length. The body is grayish-brown above and lighter, never white, below. Generally, it is a permanent resident in homes and other buildings. Wild mice enter dwellings in late summer or fall, spend the winter, and leave in the spring. All mice are excellent climbers and can be found at all levels of the house from the basement to the attic. Mice can be controlled.
OUTDOOR CONTROL METHODS
Inside attached garages, install 1/8 inch or finer mesh wire screening over the openings where the roof rafters and the top wall plate meet. Use a pre-mix cement to grout the holes in the top row of exposed foundation blocks in attached garages because mice climb through these holes.
INDOOR CONTROL METHODS
In the garage, place traps next to the corners of the doors, the most likely entry point. As rodents move, one side of their body is kept in contact with a vertical surface. Therefore, set traps perpendicular to walls where mice have been seen. Place traps 1/8 inch from the wall, 6 to 8 feet apart with triggers placed toward the wall.
Written by: Skip Rither
Reviewed by Jim Kitts - 2003
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