Controlling House Mice

Published 2012

House mice (Mus musculus) are highly adapted to human environments and can thrive under a variety of conditions. They are found in and around homes, farms, and urban lots as well as open fields and agricultural lands.

The house mouse is a significant pest in the United States and causes an estimated $20 million in damage to stored feeds and structures in Nebraska every year. House mice consume and contaminate food meant for humans, livestock, and other animals. They also damage structures and property, and transmit diseases such as salmonellosis and swine dysentery. Mouse urine has been implicated as a trigger for some people. A variety of methods can be used to control house mice.

Publication Details


Stephen M Vantassel

Scott E. Hygnstrom

Dennis M Ferraro


Natural Resources

Wildlife Management

Publication Date August 01, 2005
Last Revision Date March 14, 2012
Language English


Series NebGuide