White-Footed Mouse

 

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Average 17 cm long

Generally brown with a white under belly and feet

White-footed mice have large white feet that are a minimum 22 mm long.  

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White-footed mice, should I be concerned?

Potential health concerns?
Like deer mice, the white-footed mouse can pose big problems. They are a known carrier of hantavirus; a well-known respiratory infectious disease characterized by flu-like symptoms that can progress rapidly to potential life-threatening breathing problems. The white-footed mouse is also known to carry Lyme disease.

What happens if left ignored?
Due to their ability to quickly reproduce they can cause a serious infestation in no time. They can also cause serious damage to your property as they like to chew continuously due to their growing incisors. They like to chew on wires, furniture, food packaging and just about anything they can get their teeth on.

Habitat
In their natural habitat, white-footed mice like to nest in items such as old logs, abandoned bird nests, squirrels nest, and leaf piles. Due to their size it is easy for them to enter your home or business through small cracks and holes in your foundation that are easily undetected. In the structure they make their nests in the addict, chimney, basement clutter, and inside the insulation within the walls. Their preferred nesting site is always near an easily food supply and will often relocate their nest to be closer to food.

Behaviour
Their breeding seasons is twice a year, once in the spring and then again in the fall. Young mice sexually mature at 8-10 weeks of age and they have a short gestation period usually between 21-27 days. The females can have 3-4 liters per year with up to 9 young per birth. The white-footed mouse can live as long as 96 months and in the wild they have an average life-expectancy of 1-2 years. Although they do not hibernate on cold winter nights, they can enter a state of deep sleep and awaken on warmer nights to restock their food pile.

Diet
Their diet changes from season to season and varies on their location. They are very opportunistic eaters. You can find them eating a variety of seeds and many different insects. When inside your home or business they will eat any food source that is available.   

Key tips for prevention
Taking the time to inspect your home and business to seal all openings like windowsills, large gaps underneath doors, and utility chases will help to eliminate entry points. Keep your food in high cupboards in tight sealed containers, wash your countertops and dishes regularly and take your garbage out before night will help to keep your environment less inviting.  A professional pest control expert can help guide you with this process.

Caution for self-treatment
If you notice many droppings then your mouse problem may be bigger than you think. The traps you buy at the store may not be enough to treat your mouse infestation. Mice are smart and may be wary of new items in their environment and become trap shy. If you hear scratching in your walls the traps you have placed throughout your place may not be enough to eliminate your infestation. The best thing you can do is call pest control to solve your rodent problem before it gets out of control.

Hire a pest control specialist
A White-footed mouse infestation poses many health risks. Because of their ability to quickly reproduce their numbers, they can quickly get out of control. The best thing to do is hire a professional pest control company to solve your mouse problem

Many do it yourself remedies will do little to tackle the rodent population and can lead to reoccurring infestations in your space. Depend on a reputable pest control service provider and get rid of your mouse infestation. Call Integral Pest Services for expert advice and guaranteed results.

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