House Mouse - School IPM - USU Extension

    House Mouse

    Mus musculus

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    House mouse

    House mouse (Wikimedia Commons)

    House mouse

    House mouse (Xocolatl, Wikimedia Commons)

    House Mouse

    House mouse (Jack Kelly Clark, UC Statewide IPM Project)

    Identification

    • brown to gray colored fur with a lighter colored belly and large ears
    • tail is naked and about the same length as the head and body combined
    • 5 to 8 inches long, including tail

    Nesting Habits

    • prefer to nest in protected areas near a food supply and and heat
    • indoors: dark corners, especially behind appliances that produce heat

    Diet

    • stored food products, human food, seeds

    Significance

    • contaminate food, damage property and spread disease
    • scare people

    IPM Recommendations

    • Install tight-fitting door sweeps.
    • Seal exterior cracks, crevices and areas around pipes and electrical conduits that enter buildings through walls.
    • Reduce clutter indoors and outdoors.
    • Minimize nesting habitat around property.
    • Move dumpsters at least 50 feet from buildings.
    • Keep all exterior doors closed.
    • Store food in pest-proof containers.
    • Monitor with non-toxic bait blocks in tamper-resistant bait boxes.
    • Use snap-traps placed with triggers toward the baseboards, especially in dark corners.
    • Use multiple baits: peanut butter, hotdogs, floss, etc.
    • Train kitchen and custodial staff to clean thoroughly.

    Additional Resources:

    IPM for Rats and Mice: Integrated Pest Management in Sensitive Environments (University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension)