Field Mice – When Field Mice Invade your Homes

The name alone implies that these animals should not be anywhere than the outdoors. True enough, field mice have the plains and forests as their natural habitat. They survive by eating almost anything, including wood materials in old houses, often located in rural areas. Field mice are also most active during warmer seasons, a time when they can find more food from their surroundings.

Although it is natural for field mice to stay and survive outdoors, changes in season usually drive these animals to invade new and warmer spaces, including buildings and houses, even those that are located in urban communities. As a matter of fact, pest control expert believe that every building is home to at least one mouse, with or without owner knowing.

While it there is still no accurate account on exactly how these rat species were able to make it to urban communities, the natural agility and cleverness of field mice can be a reason enough for their prevalence in modern establishments. This type of rodent is also an expert in camouflage, which is considered as their biological response to being preys to a number of predators in the field including wolves, dogs, bears, and rabbits.

Are Field Mice Dangerous?

Field mice are not innately harmful species. Their sharp senses allow them to easily detect humans or pets around the house, which they quickly avoid. This lessens the chances of getting mouse bites. However, like any other wild species of rodents, field mice are potential carriers of of viruses and bacteria, such as:

* Leptospirosis – this is a bacterial disease that is transmitted through wild mice urine. Humans contract this disease by being exposed to food and drinks that are contaminated with the urine. Although quite rare, it is also possible for humans to be infected with Leptospirosis by skin contact to urine, especially if there is an open wound.

* Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome – a respiratory disease caused by a virus found in rodent urine and droppings. Humans can be exposed to the virus by having direct contact with a mouse (mouse bites), and by breathing the virus from anything that has been contaminated by the rodent’s wastes.

* Hermorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HERS) – another viral disease from rodents that is contracted by humans from direct exposure to mouse urine and droppings. The virus can also be easily transmitted to humans through mucous membranes and broken skin.

These diseases are already growing prevalent worldwide. They also pose serious threat to human life, as the infections can become fatal quickly. With this, it is important to protect your family by acting fast on any confirmed wild mice in the establishment, before they spread diseases to any of the family member.

Mouse traps and poison are the commonly used commercial products to easily get rid of field mice. However, it should be noted that field mice reproduce rapidly, thus they can easily increase in number in such a short span of time. For any massive prevention and control for field mice, it is more advisable to hire a pest control firm to do the job.

30 thoughts on “Field Mice – When Field Mice Invade your Homes”

  1. I have a 9 month old daughter and just two weeks ago I started seeing mouse droppings on my counter and under my lower cabinet… and my daughter sometimes sleep downstairs where the mouse is….are we safe…and is it dead if you smell a rotten smell after you noticed your cat getting it but it didn’t kill it right away…the mouse ran back in the hole it came from and started smelling funny in my house?

    1. Depends on which type of mouse. Field mouse is actually a label used to describe a few different types of mice including deer mice, house mice, and harvest mice. Deer mice are a reddish brown with a white belly and large eyes. These are the mice that are claimed to often have hantavirus. This is actually pretty uncommon, though to get exact numbers, you can look up hantavirus cases in your county. House mice are a greyish brown color. Not very knowledgeable about them, but if you have pet mice, they can and will breed with each other. I know next to nothing about harvest mice.

  2. I just moved from NYC to OKC, and I’ve never dealt with mice/rats before. But last month we noticed droppings, and we set a couple of traps where the dogs couldn’t get them, and we caught a few, but then I realized they were nesting behind the stove! Now I see them darting out during the day, in my dog’s food (she eats all night and is a large breed). My mother and I are very ill and we sleep in the living room. Can you help?

  3. well , ive just seen a mouse behind my cabinet in my bedroom, I knew theres been mice in the house for a while although I didn’t think they could climb up stairs, until I did my research, theres been a massive hole chewed in my pillowcase for ages, this means the mouse mustve jumped on my bed when I was asleep and chewed a hole in my pillow right next to where I was sleeping, ive been waking up with red patches on my face too, I thought it was nothing but now I’m probably gonna get rabbies and die

    1. Rabbies is nothing to joke about. There’s been one, yes one, person to survive rabbies. If bitten by a wild animal you should go get rabbies shots. Rabbies can be prevented by shots, but once you show symptoms of rabbies you’re dead.

    2. Most likely you’re just allergic. Look up common symptoms of the common diseases for house mice and harvest mice. Despite what people will try to tell you, deer mice are actually very clean and very few carry the hantavirus.

    1. Buy a humane mouse trap, drill a couple air holes in it, put some peanuts and chocolate in it and check daily. If you catch him, release him into a park.

      1. That’s what I just did hecwas so cute he liked the kettle corn … I left him in the humane trap with door open and put him outside … he prob be back . It’s raining didnt have the heart to leave him in the rain

  4. Omg!!! This rat mouse has my big toe. And said he was going to tickle it if I didn’t feed him, what is the best “food” to give him to let my toe go for gooood. Please help, I can’t stand to be tickled.

  5. I’ve had field mice for years. However, this past year I’ve noticed more of them lurking around. In fact tonight as I was watching TV, a mouse floated out of no where and nearly landed on my neck. There is a window behind the chair where it floated from somewhere.
    I have Terminix who is supposed to take care of this. I’ve been a customer for many years. Today, a Terminix employee came by and said that it would cost me $1400 to rid me of the problem. They told me that it would take two hours to complete the job. Isn’t that a bit much? Can you help?

  6. We live in a heritage house and field mice live here too. I bought some humane traps and each morning release them into the paddock. This morning as I was walking back into the house after releasing the second one and saw the first one bounding back up the steps into the house ?? I think we need to colour identify them ??

  7. we had field mice in our house a lot growing up because we lived in the woods and I just thought it was no big deal. now that I am older and know they carry disease I am a little more concerned about it. We have lived in this house for three years and this is the first time we have seen them. we have caught a bunch and released them in a nearby park but now they are avoiding all our traps and are coming out during the day and running around the perimeter of my living room. I am concerned about my two year old and they are terrorizing my sugar glider.

  8. Rats/mice normally travel along side the walls of a home, behind objects. They will nest under large appliances, closets, clutter, and enter into your home from who knows where. Use teel wool to plug up holes, then putty the steel wool to the wall, paint if desired. Use a small amount of Bait (cheddar cheese or peanut butter) glue traps (in the middle), make sure they are sturdy and won’t slide under anything and mouse traps along every wall in the house, make a note as to where they are placed and how many, check daily. On the porch around out side area, sprinkle fox urine to deter them. When caught throw them out alive if possible, replace glue trap/spring trap as mice are caught. When caught throw them out far away as possible, a live if possible, they will communicate to other Rats/mice this is not a nice place to live. That’s communication!

    1. Never use glue traps they die of starvation glued on the sticky paper it’s barbaric and cruel…how would you like it?

      1. Your crazy, we have recently noticed that our home has mice. We have found their droppings in bathroom drawers, under counters where I keep my bowls and pans on our window sills, and everywhere else. And this is just in a very short time. We have lived here 7 years and never had mice. I recently had 4 large holly bushes removed that were close to our home. We’re told this is probably where they were nesting, who knew, I would not have removed those bushes. This problem is aweful. They are dirty, filthy decease carrying rodents. They are invading our home I hate them, they are of no good use to anyone except to give us sickness. All you nuts out there that feel we should be gentle with them and not kill them are SICK. What’s your address I will ship the ones here once the professional crew gets here Thursday.

  9. Good morning.
    we have been having a lot of mice problems. we have closed all the gaps by a professional but it has appeared again after 4 months.

    I have found some droppings and cleaned again and again. I have also used peppermint oil.

    any help please.

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