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House Mouse

(Mus musculus)

Appearance

The house mouse has fur coloration that can range from light brown to black, and usually has a tan or white belly. Their tails are long, rough, and have little to no fur present. The house mouse has been domesticated, and possesses much different coloration, from white to black, and many markings, such as spots.

Size

Range from 5 to 7 inches in length and weigh about ounce

Behavior

The House Mouse usually feeds on cereal grains, but it will eat other kinds of food. They are excellent climbers and have a keen sense of hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Droppings, fresh gnaw marks, and tracks indicate their presence. Contrary to rats, the house mouse does not need a free water source in order to survive. It will get all or most of its water from its food, if it is high in moisture.

Habitat

The House mouse is found in and around homes and commercial structures, as well as in open fields and agricultural lands. They normally stay near a food source and establish a territory.

Interesting Facts

The House mouse can transmit pathogens that cause diseases such as salmonellosis. They contaminate food meant for humans, pets, and livestock. They also cause considerable damage to structures and property..

Control

Do you live in South Florida and think that this rodent may be invading your home? Hulett Environmental Services offers the most advanced and effective rodent prevention and control services!

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