December 27, 2021
Recently we’ve noticed a lot of inquiries about brown mice and thought it might be prudent to share a bit about these mice. The thing is, there is no such thing as a brown mouse… at least not here in Maine. Not that there aren’t brown mice in our state, there’s just not a critter that bears that name on their family’s crest. Now that said, homeowners are probably seeing brown mice in their home and so let’s take a few minutes to determine which mouse could be the culprit.
Types of mice in Maine
Here in the Pine Tree state, there are a few species of mice that actively enter homes and businesses and they are the common house mouse, deer mouse, and white-footed mouse. Visit our mouse identification page to learn more about these rodents but before you go, take a look at the pictures below. You’ll notice that all three mice have a bit of brown in their fur. You see where we’re going with this? It’s entirely possible that any of these pests could be infesting your home.
Are brown mice dangerous?
No matter what species we’re talking about, mice should be considered dangerous in more ways than one. First, mice may carry and spread disease to people and pets. In Maine, the white-footed mouse is the primary carrier of the bacteria which causes Lyme disease. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a respiratory illness associated with mice and can be fatal in some cases. It is caused by the inhalation of feces, urine, or saliva of infected rodents, through the bite of an infected rodent, or by handling nesting materials, droppings, or urine.
In addition to the health risks just mentioned, mice should be noted as a dangerous animal for the damage they cause. Mice are notorious for chewing and will gnaw on anything they can get their incisors on. This includes clothing, cardboard boxes, Christmas ornaments, drywall, insulation, and wires (which can cause house fires). They also contaminate building materials with their droppings and urine, and often establish nests in attic insulation and in and among items stored in other parts of a house.
How to get rid of brown mice
Regardless of the type of mouse infesting your home, the best solution is to contact a pest control company that is well-versed in rodent control. Here at Pine State Pest Solutions, we offer rodent control services in Portland, Auburn, and throughout our multi-county service area.
When you contact us for help getting rid of mice in your home, we’ll tackle this pest problem by developing a solution tailored specifically for your home. We’ll use the right equipment in the right places AND we’ll address and correct how they’re getting in. Simply setting a couple of traps inside and a bait station or two on the outside will not resolve a mouse infestation and if that’s what your current rodent control provider is doing, call us right away!
Home pest control services that target mice & other ME pests
For comprehensive protection against mice and other pests that make their way inside, we highly recommend signing up for ongoing home pest control services. Available for homeowners in Augusta, Auburn, and Portland as well as throughout our multi-county service areas, Pine State offers three levels of protection; check out our residential plans and pricing below or simply give us a shout!
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