Mice in house - color question

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  1. Lynnette

    Lynnette Michigan Hobby Farmer

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    I noticed recently that I have a slight mouse problem in the house, always had bunches outside but never found evidence inside. Anyway, they found their way in, and I have begun setting traps, and I have caught 2, but the color is like none I have ever seen in a "house mouse". The only mice I have ever seen in the house are grey, these were both brown with white bellys, they look more like a pet breed of mouse to me, but noone has ever had a pet mouse in the house, where did they come from, or is this just a normal mouse that I have never seen?
     
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    Sounds like a Deer Mouse to me. They have big ears, white underparts and white feet. Cute as the dickens and multiply like crazy.

    Jennifer
     
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    I think it's deer mice that carry hantivirus. Am I correct? The reason I ask is because they seem to have moved into my house in droves.
     
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    ceresone Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Around here, house mice are grey-the field mouse is brown, with a light underbelly-
     
  6. Lynnette

    Lynnette Michigan Hobby Farmer

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    All I know is mice like peanut butter~! And when the trap snaps and I get em out of the house the better I feel.
     
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    Hi,

    Deer Mice, that is about all that comes in around here, hardly ever see the common old grey house mouse here in Northern Wisconsin.

    www.americanbear.org/OW deer mouse.jpg

    Is this your mouse?

    Margie
     
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    When I had chickens I started getting mice really bad. I figured out how to get rid of them without hurting my chickens. Well some figured out "hey, why dont we just go to the big house" and in they came. I set traps but they just kept coming. So I got a cat. Everyday that cat had a mouse in its mouth. sometimes more than one a day. With in a couple of weeks no more mice. They packed their bags and left.
    Susie
     
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    Jennifer, I'm glad I am not the only one who find mice cute. Hate the damage they are capable of etc. but they're still cute. But then, I think bats are equally cute :)

    Huys
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    Tell them they're the wrong color and to get out

    LOL
     
  12. Pony

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    Ugh.

    I hate mice.

    I do NOT think they are cute. They are scary minions of the devil.

    Pony!
     
  13. Lynnette

    Lynnette Michigan Hobby Farmer

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    I think it may be, the brown is a bit lighter than that, but it is closer than anything else I have seen.

    During the Fall my cats had a mouse carnage outside, there were dead mice everywhere that the cats had killed, and left, but they were all grey mice. Thanks!
     
  14. Lynnette

    Lynnette Michigan Hobby Farmer

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    That is how I got mine, one cleaned off every speck of peanut butter before the trap went off, the other didn't even get a taste before meeting his maker.
     
  15. MaryNY

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    I bet this is the guy you caught:

    http://www.sdnhm.org/fieldguide/mammals/pero-man.html

    Two of these little devils thought they were going to set up housekeeping in Hollyhock Cottage for the winter. They are now attending "potty camp" -- similar to "freezer camp" hehehe -- I got a couple of those "V" traps and slobbered peanut butter on them and that took care of the problem pronto!!

    Good luck!

    MaryNY
     
  16. Lynnette

    Lynnette Michigan Hobby Farmer

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    Nope, that wasn't it either, the first deer mouse picture I saw was close, but this picture looks completely different then what I caught. I didn't look at their eyes, they were both caught with their whole head in the trap and I didn't want to look at it that closely.
     
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  18. Lynnette

    Lynnette Michigan Hobby Farmer

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    Thats it!!! Thankyou!!!!! It seems silly to let such a stupid thing bother me, but it was really bothering me. I appreciate everyone's help. Are they commonly found in houses, I have never seen one in any house, or heard of it for that matter.
     
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    Well, two of the little fools thought they were gonna live with me for the winter, so I guess they do live in houses. I think they are what is commonly called field mice. I have had them in other houses as well -- mostly out in the country - so I guess they are pretty common.

    Good luck with evicting them!

    Take care!

    MaryNY