A mouse is a small rodent, characterized by having a pointed nose, small ears, and a body-length tail. House mice easily adapt to life with people and thrive in a wide variety of habitats, feeding on mostly human food.

Most importantly; however, is how fast mice breed. The average gestation period for a mouse is only 20 days with an average litter size of 10-12 offspring. As you can see, a small problem can escalate quite quickly!

House mice frequently invade homes and business looking to build their nests, nurture their young, and eat your food. As one of Massachusetts and Michigan’s most prevalent pests, the house mouse is also one of the most detested.

Typically, home and business owners will notice mouse droppings close to food and water sources, i.e. kitchen and pantry or food storage areas. Once an infestation begins, treating for mice can be an uphill battle. Under most circumstances, without professional training and experience in the Pest Control industry, home and business owners cannot catch mice as fast as they are reproducing.

How Mice Get Inside

Mice can enter a home or business many different ways:

  • Any gap around the structure the width of a dime is an open door. Since mice can compress their bodies, if one can get it’s head through, the rest will follow.
  • It’s important to make sure the foundation has no cracks or gaps, especially around the air conditioner inlets, doors, and windows.
  • Mice have tiny claws that allow them to scale up buildings with ease, so upper-perimeter gaps need to be sealed as well.
  • Keeping tree branches and other plant life trimmed away from the home will also help keep these small pests from entering the roof line.
  • Mice can also enter the home through the garage. Nine out of ten homes have small gaps in the garage door seal near the edges which allow easy entry for mice.
  • Mice can also enter through doorways when doors are left open or have broken seals.
  • Making sure foods are stored and sealed properly and general household cleanliness will help deter mice. Mice prefer cereals more than other food items, though they will feed on a wide variety of foods. Mice sometimes search for foods high in fat and protein, such as lard, butter, nuts, bacon, and meat.

If you start to suspect a mouse problem in your home or business, it is important to resolve it quickly before you’re dealing with a serious infestation.

I Hear Scratching in my Walls or Attic

If you are hearing scratching noises in your walls you most likely have a mouse problem. Other wildlife will also make scratching noises; however, most of the time this is caused by mice. You may also hear squeaks, scrambling, and sounds of gnawing when large numbers of mice are present.  

What proof. Professionals Do To Get Rid Of Mice

Proof. provides both mouse control and eradication services including exclusion, baiting, trapping, and removal services. Please call us today whether you have a confirmed mouse problem or even if you are merely hearing scratching noises so we can diagnose the problem and begin working on the solution. Proof. Pest Control also provides exterminator services for other common rodents such as Rats and Voles.


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