Central Florida’s warm, humid climate with abundant vegetation and agricultural activity provides ideal habitat for house mice populations to thrive year-round. Average temperatures range from the low 70s F (22C) to upper 70s F (25C). Rainfall exceeds 50 inches (1270 mm) annually.
Rural forests, wetlands, citrus groves, vegetable farms, and pastures provide an ample food supply and harborage sites. Developed areas offer shelter inside homes, garages, sheds, and access to pet food, garbage, and pantry items. Open buildings and gaps allow entry while insulation and clutter offer nesting areas.
As rapid breeders, house mice numbers can quickly rise to infestation levels under favorable conditions. Exclusion and population control is required to prevent destructive house mice colonies from becoming established in and around structures.