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Did you know that Texas is home to over a dozen different species of mice?

Knowing the type of mouse that has taken up residence in your home can help you eliminate the infestation sooner and prevent mice from coming back in the future.

If you’re curious about the types of mice found in Texas and how to manage them, keep reading. Learn everything you need to know below.

Most Common Mice Species in Texas

Let’s start with the types of mice you might encounter in Texas. Here are some of the state’s most well-known mice species with tips on how to differentiate them:

House Mouse

A house mouse spends most of its time outdoors but will sneak inside if they need food, water, or shelter from inclement weather. These mice are about 5-7 inches long with white, gray, black, or brown fur and light-colored toes and underbellies.

White-Footed Deer Mouse

The white-footed deer mouse is tiny, just 3-4 inches long, has brown fur, and is also known in Texas as a woodmouse. This species tends to hang out in attics, garages, and basements.

Eastern Deer Mouse

The eastern deer mouse looks similar to its white-footed cousin. It’s about 3-4 inches long, gray or white in color with white feet, and is one of the most frequently spotted mice species in Texas.

Field Mouse

The field mouse is larger than some of the other mice on this list, coming in at 7-8 inches long. It’s also known as a meadow vole and has small eyes and ears with a round body.

This species nests on the ground and is known for causing severe damage to yards and gardens. 

Golden Mouse

The golden mouse is known for its soft golden brown or burnt orange fur.

This species is about 5-8 inches long and extremely picky, eating seeds and not much else. They’re most commonly found in the woodlands and swamps, where they can easily hide in the surrounding vegetation.

Catcus Mouse

The cactus mouse has dark brown fur and resides in the desert and dry mountain foothills. They’re about 6-8 inches long and live on a variety of foods throughout the year, such as grass and flowers in the spring and insects in the winter. 

Cotton Mouse

The cotton mouse has brownish-gray fur and gets its name from the fact that it frequently uses cotton in its nests. This species lives in various habitats, from forests and fields to swamps and rocky bluffs. They are about seven inches long and primarily eat seeds and insects.

Brush Mouse

The brush mouse has a thin, hairless tail with a tiny tuft at the end that resembles a paintbrush. It also prefers to live in brushy, forested areas. At just 3-4 inches long, it’s a small species that are nocturnal and builds its nests under logs and rocks and in trees. 

Pinyon Mouse

The pinyon mouse is known for its tiny body and enormous ears.

It has brownish-gray fur and is adaptable to many climates, from the desert to the mountains. It also adjusts its diet based on its environment, eating leaves and cactus parts in the desert for water and seeds and insects in areas with more water.

Fulvous Harvest Mouse

The fulvous harvest mouse has light brown, slightly orange-tinted fur. It’s about 5-7 inches long and has a distinct, bi-colored tail. This species resides in low shrubs and feasts on seeds, insects, and invertebrates.

Eastern Harvest Mouse

The eastern harvest mouse is known for its dark brown fur (with lighter fur on the belly and feet). It spends most of its time in grassy fields or meadows and is about 3-4 inches long. This species has a very short lifespan, rarely living past one year.

Western Harvest Mouse

The western harvest mouse has light brown fur and a distinct white stripe on its back.

They’re some of the smallest mice on this list at just 2-3 inches long and are most active at night. They’re strict herbivores as well.

Plains Harvest Mouse

The plains harvest mouse is 2-5 inches long and has gray fur with a darker gray stripe on its back. It typically resides in open fields and grazed prairies and breeds all year long without hibernating.

Northern Grasshopper Mouse

The northern grasshopper mouse primarily eats insects, smaller mice species, and even snakes. It has grayish-brown fur with a light-colored belly, is about 5 inches long on average, and has a much shorter tail than many other mice. 

Risks of Mice Infestations

Even if you aren’t scared of mice, you still don’t want them roaming around your home. The following are some of the most significant risks associated with mice infestations:

Direct Disease Spread

Mice can directly spread a wide range of diseases, including the following:

  • Hantavirus and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Sylvatic Typhus
  • Monkeypox
  • Lujo Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Salmonellosis
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM)
  • Tularemia
  • Lassa Fever

Indirect Disease Spread

Mice can also indirectly spread several other illnesses. If someone gets bitten by a tick, mite, flea, or mosquito that fed on an infected rodent, they could develop one of these diseases:

  • Anaplasmosis
  • Angiostrongylus
  • Borreliosis
  • Colorado tick fever
  • Flea-borne Typhus
  • Babesiosis
  • Scrub typhus
  • Tick-borne Relapsing Fever
  • Hymenolepis diminuta
  • Lyme disease
  • Cutaneous leishmaniasis
  • Moniliformis moniliformis
  • Plague
  • La Crosse virus
  • Powassan virus
  • Tularemia
  • Rickettsialpox

Property Damage

Because they love to chew, burrow, and build nests, mice can cause all kinds of damage to your home and yard. For example, they may eat your plants or chew holes through your furniture, clothing, or walls.

Pet Distress

Pets like dogs and cats often feel distressed when rodents have infiltrated their home. They may hear mice scurrying around in the walls or attic and bark or scratch at the walls to try and alert you.

Pets can also get sick from diseases spread directly and indirectly by rodents.

What to Do About Mice in Your Home

If mice have found their way into your house, you might notice some of these warning signs:

  • Droppings on the floor, in drawers, closets, pantries, etc.
  • Teeth marks on drawers, cardboard containers, baseboards, etc.
  • Nests made of items like shredded paper, cardboard, dried plants, etc.
  • Holes chewed through the walls, baseboards, or floorboards.

The sooner you act, the sooner you can get rid of these pests and stop them from damaging your home (or potentially getting you or your loved ones sick). The following tips can help you eliminate mice right away:

Seal Known Openings

If you can see holes in the walls that mice have likely used to enter your home, seal them right away. Use wire mesh, spray foam, or caulk close these openings and prevent additional mice (or other pests) from sneaking in. 

Set Traps

You may also want to set traps (preferably humane ones so the mice can be released into the wild) in areas where you’ve seen mice or evidence of mice (such as droppings).

Call a Pest Control Company

A pest control company can thoroughly assess your house, identify all the openings where mice are getting in, and help you understand the extent of the damage caused.

They can also set traps strategically to catch the mice and use special equipment to seal your home to protect it from future infestations. 

How to Prevent Mice Infestations

After you’ve dealt with a mouse issue, you’ll likely want to do anything you can to keep them away moving forward. These tips will help you prevent future infestations:

Trim Tree Branches and Shrubs

If you have long tree branches that touch your roof or windows, or overgrown shrubs, you could be providing mice with a convenient runway directly into your home. Trim tree branches and shrubs regularly, ensuring they’re at least six inches from the house.

Tightly Seal Food Containers

Mice, like many other creatures, are opportunistic. They'll shoot their shot if they see an opportunity to sneak cookie crumbs from your cupboard or pilfer cereal from the pantry. Tightly seal food containers and use glass or plastic instead of cardboard when possible.

Schedule Preventative Treatments

Work with a pest control company to schedule regular preventative treatments. These treatments will help you keep mice at bay and catch signs that they’re trying to sneak back in sooner.

Say Goodbye to Mice Today

All kinds of mice can find their way into your Texas home. If you remember the suggestions mentioned above, though, you’ll be able to keep your home rodent-free long-term.

If you need help from experienced pest control technicians, Natran Green Pest Control’s skilled team is ready to assist. We use effective, eco-friendly, and humane strategies to eliminate mice and other types of pests. 
Contact us today for more information or to schedule an inspection.

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