Adapted from the article "10 Reasons House Mice Thrive," by Robert Carrigan: A graduate of Purdue University, with a Ph.D. in rodent pest management, Robert Corrigan is one of the leading “rodentologists” in North America, and a resource for any good mouse exterminator.
House mice are born survivors, causing problems (like spreading disease and damaging property) for families and businesses from coast-to-coast. What can you do about it? One of the first steps is understanding why house mice – the “second most successful mammal on earth” – are able to adapt to so many different environments. And why it may be necessary to get a professional mouse exterminator..
The house mouse has been dubbed by some scientists as the “second most successful mammal on earth.” It also represents the most important rodent pest in the United States. Various industry surveys have estimated that house mouse control programs account for 68% of all rodent work performed. But despite all the money, effort, and expertise directed toward controlling the house mouse, it survives. In fact, it thrives, for the following 10 reasons.
The house mouse has been described as a “mammalian weed” because it is so adaptable to many different conditions and is capable of inhabiting many different areas. It has the widest distribution on the planet of any mammal second only to humans. The house mouse occupies all of the major land masses on earth and most of the minor ones. It inhabits cold islands near Antarctica, tropical isles in the Caribbean, open cold tundras, dry hot deserts, and salt marshes. It exists in coal mines 1,800 feet below the surface, as well as 15,000 feet above sea level, high up in the Andes Mountains. Inside urban structures, infestations have developed in heating ducts in the upper stories of tall skyscrapers, as well as within frozen meat lockers at temperatures of -10 degrees Centigrade.
The mouse is able to enter buildings and rooms through small openings which larger rodents cannot fit. Once inside, it requires very little space and can occupy literally hundreds of structural locations, equipment voids, and appliances. Its small size also enables it to be overlooked and transported inside delivery boxes and other items. A professional mouse exterminator will be able to find potential points of entry and seal them to prevent future infestations, and this is an important but often forgotten step!
Mice are nocturnal, meaning they are active during the nighttime hours. So most mice living in buildings are active when people are not active – during the night or at other times when human activity is minimal. Moreover, when the mouse is active, it moves quickly and quietly. This “cryptobiotic” behavior combined with its small size helps explain why new infestations often go undetected until there are numerous mice present.
Inside most occupied buildings, where foods may be accessible, the mouse has an impressive potential for producing a high number of offspring in a relatively short period of time. And as long as materials are available for constructing nests, mice can reproduce under seemingly impossible conditions such as within frozen meat lockers. Mice are capable of producing as many as ten babies in each litter, and they have multiple litters each year. The babies are ready to have offspring of their own at just 30 days old. The population can grow exponentially in just a few months.
The house mouse is an opportunist and will feed on a wide variety of foods found inside human dwellings. Should one food disappear, the mouse will readily switch to whatever is available.
Unlike their similar cousins rats and most other mammals, the house mouse has a kidney system similar to that of the desert rat. Thus, the mouse is able to conserve and/or produce its own water when free water is scarce or unavailable.
The average home range of house mice comprises a 10- to 30-foot radius around their nest. But when good harborage and abundant food resources exist, the home ranges become even shorter – in some cases only a couple of feet in any direction. In warehouses and supermarkets mice may not even leave the pallet of food they are nesting in.
The house mouse constantly explores its environment, gathering information about the location of other mice (especially potential mates), food, water, nesting sites, and places to hide from predators. In this way, the mouse eventually can locate the best available habitat. Therefore, you may find mice in some very strange places while they sample your food and look for the perfect nesting place.
Mice behave in very unexpected ways - not predictable at all. Variations exist in mouse behavior according to different mouse populations and their specific environments. For example, mice in certain commercial accounts may not enter multiple-catch traps or avoid dangerous surfaces such as glue traps.
Finally, people’s attitudes toward the house mouse contribute toward its successful co-existence with humans. Walt Disney created the lovable Mickey Mouse, which is still one of the most popular children’s characters the world over. A long list of other mouse stories, children’s books, and television “toons” portray mice as cute and lovable animals or heroes. Consequently, a positive – or at least tolerant – attitude toward mice is developed by many people early in life. This attitude, in addition to the mouse’s small size, results in people not prioritizing mouse eradication in urban environments. The few surviving mice of extermination programs constantly replace exterminated mice, resulting in years of chronic mouse populations co-existing with humans in cities, towns, and farms. As a result, mice continue to thrive throughout the United States.
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If you’re going to completely clear the infestation, it’s vital to inspect the entire structure, including the roof. Roof access points account for up to half of all rodent entry points into a home. And you can’t leave any entry points open, as the instincts of rodents are to return to their nest. This could mean, for instance, that if you only seal off your lower levels, rodents will simply enter from above. Therefore, we take every measure to seal off the entire home, so you have the best likelihood of avoiding re-infestation.
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