The house mouse is the most successful rodent in adapting to live with people. It is found almost anywhere people are, feeding on human food, sheltering in human structures, and reproducing at a remarkable rate. It is the most troublesome and economically important vertebrate pest, contaminating untold millions of dollars worth of food, damaging possessions, and causing electrical fires with its constant gnawing.

Identifying Mice

Description & Appearance

Mice are one of the most common pests in the world. Des Moines residents are finding that mice have been contaminating food containers, causing structural damage, and causing more issues in homes and property. Find out how to identify mice problems in your home now!

House mice are small critters that, 

  • Weigh about .5 ounces and
  • Are between 8 and 11 inches long including the tail.
  • Their fur ranges in colors from light brown to black, with light colored bellies.
  • Have pointed noses 
  • Tiny black eyes
  • Large ears
  • Scaly tails
  • Are capable swimmers, jumpers, and climbers; House mice are quite nimble


The ideal habitat of house mice will involve a sheltered location around human activity, making homes, or near homes, a common location for mice to be seen. House mice can nest underground, but prefer to nest within manmade shelters, including houses, farms, and warehouses. 


House mice will enter homes in hopes of warm shelter and an available food source. Mice are rather small in stature, making entry typically an easy process. Our homes create the most ideal place due to their diet, and dependence on humans. Mice typically seek out cereal, grains, nuts, fruits, plant seeds, roots, meats, and trash for food, which are all very common items found in any kitchen, making our homes ideal for mice to seek out food and shelter.


Much of the damages caused to humans, by mice result from their search for food. Mice tend to contaminate foods while foraging, leaving traces of their feces and urine in and around food containers. This can result in yourself or a loved one becoming very sick, and the spreading of diseases can be likely, including salmonellosis, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, and tape worms. Mice can often carry fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Mice also tend to gnaw on a number of household items and property out of habit. In many cases this includes electrical wires, floorboards, furniture, and even foundations. This can cause electrical fires, and over time, significant damage to your home and property.

Mice Control

Critter Control of Des Moines will identify your mouse problem and employ our unique methods to solve it. Our control services include removal and trapping, damage repairs, and prevention.

Trapping & Removal

Our trapping and removal methods are safe, humane, and effective. Trust Critter Control of Des Moines to get rid of your house mice control problems in no time!

Damage Repairs & Prevention

For full-service control and long-term results, call Critter Control of Des Moines. We will remove the mice problem, repair damages made, and prevent future issues from occurring. We are your house mice control company.

Call Critter Control of Des Moines for further mice control information. Call Critter Control of Des Moines today at 515.505.8963 to schedule your inspection.

Critter Control of Des Moines Service Area

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