Mouse Identification Guide


Mice are small, adaptable rodents that do well in rural, suburban, and urban areas. They have learned to take advantage of the food and shelter we unintentionally offer them; large cities are home to large populations of mice because they provide them with places to live and forage for food. House mice have oval-shaped bodies and pointed snouts. Their bodies grow to between 2-1/2 and 3-1/2 inches long and have light brown or gray fur; their tails are covered in a light layer of velvety fur and are 2-1/2 to 4 inches long.

Are mice dangerous?

House mice are rodents, and all rodents have continuously growing front incisors. To prevent their teeth from overgrowing, they chew on anything they come across. When living inside a home or business, house mice and their enthusiastic gnawing cause a lot of structural damage. They chew through wires, pipes, drywall, cables, and flooring.

Mice are also problematic because they contaminate food, surfaces, and insulation with their urine and excrement. They transmit a variety of bacteria, pathogens, and parasites that make people ill. House mice are dangerous pests and should never be allowed to stay in any residential or commercial property.

Why do I have a mouse problem?

House mice are relentless in their search for food and shelter. They find their way into buildings by scaling walls, traveling across wires, and moving through sewers and drains, and entering through any small hole they find. House mice are especially attracted to properties where there is easy access to food. Things like dumpsters, pet food, as well as our pantries and kitchens, are an open invitation to them. Easy access to food sources encourage mice to stay and nest within the walls of our homes.

Where will I find mice?

House mice living outside create nests in places like parks, along riverbanks, and in areas of overgrown vegetation. Those that have made their way inside structures place their nests in dark, quiet spaces. House mice make their dome-shaped nests within 30 feet to their food sources, in areas such as behind large appliances, in wall voids, in attics, drawers, cabinets, and basements.

How do I get rid of mice?

Partnering with Broadway Pest Services is the best way to get rid of rodents from your New York City property. Our pest management technicians are highly trained and use the latest advancements in technology and science to effectively eliminate pests from residential and commercial properties. At Broadway Pest Services, we provide excellent customer service and the pest control services needed to get and keep house mice out using inspection, treatment, and exclusion measures.

At Broadway Pest Services, we know the pests that find their way into New York City structures and how to protect people and property from the damage and dangers they create. If you would like to learn more about our mouse control solutions, reach out and speak to one of our helpful and friendly professionals today!

How can I prevent mice in the future?

In addition to our residential pest control and commercial pest control service offerings, our professionals recommend the following tips:

  • Keep storage areas inside your home organized to provide fewer hiding spots for mice.

  • Clean up overgrown vegetation and piles of debris from your yard.

  • Make sure dumpsters or trash cans have tight-fitting lids.

  • Make sure outdoor eating areas are free of food debris.

  • Place mesh covers over vents and drains leading into your home.

  • Seal off spaces around air conditioners and utilities entering your house.

  • Eliminate entry points into your structure by sealing cracks in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline.

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