Living in rural or agricultural communities comes with the challenges of warding off and removing local pests that vary by region and climate. Communities like Belton in Central Texas are no exception. Mice, rats, moles, voles, opossums, and armadillos are commonplace invaders of homes, garages, and attics. Today, the Wildlife X Team, your local pest control specialist, will explore identifying both the type of wildlife and threat posed to your home when it comes to mice.

2 Common Species of Mouse in Belton

House Mouse

Mus musculus– “Little Thief”

The house mouse is a possibly the most common of all rodents that Belton residents have to deal with inside the four walls of their home. These “little thieves” are dirty gray in appearance and typically range from 2.5 to 4 inches in length with a tail about the same length as their body.  House mice prefer to nest in cluttered areas — particularly in corners or unkept places of your home, or in and around boxes in your garage. Only needing a space of ¼ inch to squeeze into a wall, floorboard, or attic space, the house mouse excels at invading your home. House mice infestations are common because these pests can breed up to 10 times per year, producing as many as 75 offspring annually. House mice are nocturnal and are most active in the early morning and right after sundown, rarely making their nest more than 30 or 40 feet from the food source in your home they are after.

On top of ruining your food and making your family squeamish, the house mouse is a common carrier of mites that can transmit Rickettsiapox, a typically mild chickenpox-like illness. More seriously, mouse urine can transmit the bacteria Leptospira. Leptospira can cause infections that can become serious threats to your health and are sometimes life-threatening.  

If you think you may have a house mouse infestation, contact our pest control company today before the problem gets any worse.

Deer Mouse

Peromyscus maniculatus

The Deer Mouse is also incredibly common to Central Texas but is substantially less likely to invade your home. Deer Mice prefer to nest on the ground under decks, porches, around trees, and can also be found in garages and barns. These rodents are reddish-brown in color with a white underbelly and white legs. They are usually slightly larger than house mice at around 4 inches long with a shorter tail. They also have larger ears than house mice do. Deer mice reproduce less often and with smaller litters than house mice, but can still give birth as many as 16 mouse “pups” per year. They are most likely to be a pest control problem in the spring and fall, but deer mice that have established dry, cozy nests in free-standing structures can be a threat all year round.

Despite deer mice preferring to live and feed outside your home, they still provide a number of problems for homeowners. Most commonly, deer mice are voracious seed, nut, and grain eaters. All but the most thorough of storage methods are ineffective at keeping these pests out of silos, pantries, and storage lockers. Additionally, over the last decade, researchers have concluded that deer mice are carriers of emergent diseases such as Lyme disease and hantaviruses. Diseases like these pose serious threats to your family and should be treated as such.

Don’t wait to determine if you and your loved ones are at risk. Contact a pest control specialist today to determine if you have a deer mouse problem.