Appearance and Size Facts
- 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 1/2 to 1 ounce
- Excellent climbers and have a keen sense of hearing, touch, taste, and smell
Behavior and Habitat
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. 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 of 30 - 50 feet.
Signs of Infestation
Look for droppings, footprints, teeth and gnaw marks, tunnels for nesting, pay attention especially in the evening for gnawing and scratching sounds within the walls, and running and possible squeaking sounds.
Tips for Prevention
Seal all cracks, crevices, holes, and gaps larger than 1/4" with cement or mixing compound. Remove all available food and harborage sources to deter mouse infestations.
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