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Wild Things: Mice

Margo VanLeeuwen/
Surely the irony isn’t lost on us. Shelters often devote attention and space to housing pet mice in need of forever homes. But all too often a darker scenario is simultaneously playing out behind the scenes—this one starring little wild mice.

Although it hardly seems fair to be caring for one type of mouse while cursing the presence of another, hygiene must be a top priority in shelters. House mice can carry diseases, so you must do your best to keep rodents from roaming the halls. Unfortunately, continuously trapping and killing these animals is often the strategy of choice—and that won’t solve your problem over the long term. As with most wildlife conflicts, the keys to resolving mouse problems are rooted in prevention: Be observant, proactive, and remove or control what attracts them in the first place.

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