Mice certainly merit the notorious, high-pitched screams of housewives teetering on wooden chair sentinels. Mice are culprits for spreading disease, especially when they get into your food supply, leaving behind droppings and urine. And, though they leave tracks, mice are very elusive; most often they come out from hiding for a midnight snack because they are nocturnal. If you ask a professional pest control applicator what do mice eat, he/she will most likely respond with a YES (just about anything). Mice are not picky eaters; they will eat almost anything you eat. Some favorite mice foods are cereal, nuts, peanut butter, meat, candy, seeds, and grain. If you haven’t seen the mice, but you have your suspicions, then here are a few signs of mice raiding your food supply: chewed corners of food boxes (especially cereal boxes) or little holes with gnawed edges, tooth marks on food wrappers, rice-size droppings, scratching or chewing noises—especially at night, and a prevalent, musty odor.

If you decide there are indeed mice getting into your food, you should take action immediately for the sake of your health. Begin by purchasing traps and setting them along baseboards with a tempting morsel of food, such as peanut butter, chocolate, or cheese. Poisoned baits (rodenticides) are usually reserved for outdoor rodent control but can be a very effective indoor mouse control option for large mice infestations. Mice are small and dead mouse carcasses dry out quickly. Rats are larger and can leave a repulsive odor as the rat carcasses die indoors and are not removed. Traps are almost always the preferred method of indoor rat control. Its important to remember that mouse and other rodent baits can be dangerous to pets and children so be sure that the bait is secured in a bait station box. For large or persistent mouse infestations, a live multi-trap can be used to trap mice. These can be baited with saltine crackers.

Other things you can do to exterminate and to prevent mice include sanitizing and cleaning the home (remove all traces of food), storing food in mouse-proof containers, creating a moat or obstacle around pet food bowls, and sealing cracks and openings in the home.