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About the House Mouse

Appearance
The house mouse is covered in short, light brown to grey-black hair that with the bellies being lighter. Their ears and tails also are also covered with hair, significantly less than on their bodies. A full grown, adult house mouse would typically weigh approximately twelve to thirty grams. These buddies can grow up to twenty cm tall, from the noses to the tip of their tails. The droppings of house mice can be identified as rod-shaped and edged on both ends.



Habitat & Behaviour
Typically, the house mouse is fond of making its home in lusciously grassy and wooded areas and farm fields. It also tends to build its nests in areas that are protected from the elements and unseen to the human eye. Of course, it also prefers to nestle somewhere close to a readily available food source. Being extremely curious in nature, the house mouse will typically spend the day roving its territory and scavenging for food, exploring anything new or out of the ordinary.

Diet & Habits
The first thought that comes to mind about the diet of house mice is cheese. However contrary to popular belief, house mice prefer eating fruits, seeds, nuts and grains. In addition to its preference, this omnivorous and opportunistic creature feeder will eat almost anything that’s readily available. Easily attracted by the smell of food and the warmth of a place, house mice can use virtually any opening to gain entry into a home. Good example of places of entry include pipe openings, utility lines, and gaps beneath doors. As for the relevance of the turn of the seasons for house mice, they do not hibernate. Therefore, when the temperatures o the outside start to lower, house mice will start the search for a warmer and cosier place to live.

Life Cycle
One of the things that the house mouse is widely known for, is its ability to reproduce at an impressive rate. One single litter on average amounts to six tiny mice, and a single female is capable of producing up to eight such litters per year. After the rather short-lived 21-day pregnancy, the tiny house mice are born in their birthday suits, stark-naked, blind and wholly dependent upon their mothers for everything. When the young mice reach about 21 days of age, they are dissuaded from their mother and may start taking short expeditions away from the nest, so to explore their newly found surroundings. House mice then reach maturity quickly at about 35 days of age, and will subsequently begin to mate when they are six weeks old. House mice usually do not live longer than 3 years, and typically roam the earth for 1 or two years. Go back to the How to get rid of mice home page.

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