The warm, humid climate and native vegetation of central Florida provides prime conditions for cotton mice populations. They readily capitalize on openings and food sources around suburban homes.
Through early structural exclusion, population control, and sanitation measures, cotton mouse infestations can be prevented. Signs like droppings, gnaw marks, nests, and rub marks indicate where cotton mice have breached homes.
Swift intervention with appropriate trapping or rodenticide baits applied by a professional pest control service is recommended if cotton mice become established indoors. With proactive prevention and population reduction, cotton mice can be managed even in Florida’s hospitable environment.