The 8 House Mouse Facts That You Will Want To Know
When it comes to limiting the mouse problem you have in your home, whether that is getting rid of mice that are already present or preventing them from becoming an infestation in your home, the best thing you can do is do your best to understand them.
Placing humane mouse traps, snap traps and blocking holes with steel wool are not always your only pest control option. Knowing their behaviour can save you the costs for a pest control company and can make you a DIY mice exterminator.
Here at AccuRat Pest Solutions Ltd., we are experts in a range of pests (and how to help you with them), so with this in mind, we have put together the top eight mouse facts that you will want to know.
They can get around easily
You may wonder how the mice got into your home in the first place. The truth is, they are quite good at getting around. They can jump, climb and swim, which means that they can quickly get into your house.
They can even jump as much as a foot into the air, which, when you consider how small they are. This is quite impressive.
This ease of getting around means that a mouse will want to explore their territory daily. They show no fear in new surroundings or coming across new items. They will just be curious about what it is and what it means for them.
Mice eat……a lot
Food and shelter are the 2 things they care about. Mice have a big appetite. In fact, even though they are amongst the smallest creatures on Earth, they can eat somewhere in the region 15 or 20 times every day.
This is why they are often found in places where store food is plentiful (or make sure that their homes are as close to food as possible). It is thought that a mouse won’t want to travel any further than ten feet away to get their food (although, if food is scarce, then they will travel as much as thirty feet). Consider storing your pet food properly if you don’t want to see gnaw marks or mice droppings nearby.
You are not alone in your problem
One thing that you should know about having mice in your home is that you are not alone. There are plenty of people in the UK and even more in the US who have a mouse infestation in some way on their property, and it is not something to be ashamed of.
Mice will often come into your home because they are looking for a food source such as your peanut butter, your forgotten pack of crisps, sometimes they are looking for new territories to explore, or they simply want to escape from the cold.
They produce a lot of waste
Mice produce a lot of waste. In fact, to put this into perspective, a single mouse can produce as much as 100 mouse droppings each and every day. As well as this, they also release microdroplets of urine as they move around.
This means that if having a mice infestation in your home, then there is a good chance that all their waste products are too.
Mice spread quite a lot of germs, too, primarily down to the waste that they produce (and then move around your home). They can actually carry as many as 200 human pathogens, which also include diseases such as Salmonella.
They can squeeze through the tightest of spaces
Mice can squeeze through spaces that you would never believe that they would fit through. It is thought that mice can get through a gap that is as thin as 6mm. This means that any small holes or cracks in the walls of your home are going to be fair game to a mouse.
Even those gaps where the wires come through for your appliances from outside.
Their whiskers are incredibly sensitive
One of the ways that a mouse can get around so quickly and squeeze through a variety of gaps is down to its whiskers. Their whiskers are much more than simple hairs on their face. They can help them ascertain whether a surface is smooth or rough and if there have been any temperature changes in the air.
It is also suitable for the mice to sense so much with their whiskers as their eyesight is pretty poor. They are best suited to bein in dim light, as they do not need bright light to know where they are.
They don’t live long
Mice don’t have the longest life span of all the creatures in the world. This is, in part, due to their size, wherein captivity you can expect them to live around two years at most.
In the wild, where they are the chosen prey for various other creatures, they often only last five months. However, in those five months, they do keep themselves busy.
They breed a lot!
As we have just mentioned, during their short lifespans, a mouse will keep themself busy with building nests, but most of this is for breeding purposes. A female mouse can start to breed as soon as they are two months old, and they are thought to be able to produce as many as twelve babies every three weeks.
This means that if a mouse can live for a year in and around your home, then it could have produced as many as 150 babies in that year.
With this in mind, if you have a mouse in your home, then you will have more. Not a pleasant thought, of course, but it is essential to keep in mind.
As you can see, having mice in the house is much more complicated than you may realize. They are fascinating creatures, but this doesn’t mean that they are creatures that you want to have in your home. Instead, think about where they may have come from and how you can get rid of them.
Speak to us as experts in mice control and let us help you remove the problem from your home and ensure that you don’t have to worry about mice now and in the future.