There are several different species of mice that inhabit our landscapes. This would include such species as the deer mouse, meadow jumping mouse, western harvest mouse, white footed mouse, etc. Many people also confuse the meadow vole as a mouse.

These all tend to be small critters that live in either their own burrows or in the tunnels made by groundmoles or ground squirrels. They generally feed on seeds and other organic materials.

The problem that mice can cause is when they get especially hungry during a long, cold winter. In these times, the mice can burrow through mulch up to the base of trees and begin to chew on the bark. This is especially damaging when the tree is a young, immature specimen with tender bark.

Critter Management Options:

Exclusion - Change Habitat - Trap - Repel - Poison

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.

 

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