The House Mouse: What You Need To Know
December 15, 2014
So, did you see one? Are you here because it crawled along the kitchen wall, and disappeared under the cabinets? Or did you just hear it in the walls? It is actually rare to see a mouse. This is a quiet and timid creature with acute hearing, and a remarkable sense of smell. If you saw one, especially in the daytime, there is a strong chance you have a lot more than one mouse. Mice only take chances when food sources are in limited supply. Which means, you have done a really good job of hiding and protecting your food, or there are too many mice in your home for the amount of food available. Either way, here is everything you need to know about the mice living in the walls of your house.
I don't imagine you need a description, but mice are round in shape, dusty gray, with a cream belly, and range in size from 2 ½ - 3 ¾ inches. They have round black eyes that see through your soul, and a thin tail as long as their bodies. Okay, I'm not sure about the seeing through your soul part, but if you've ever been stared down by a mouse, you know what I mean.
The house mouse is the most common mouse you will see, hence the name: house mouse. It is very adaptable, and breeds rapidly. A female mouse can birth half a dozen babies every three weeks, and produce up to thirty five babies in a year. When you consider that a newborn mouse is sexually mature after only six weeks, that means you can get a lot of mice in your home in a matter of months. Yikes!
House mice can live in or outside of human structures. They prefer to nest in wall voids, attic crawl spaces, and other secluded spaces. They build their nests out of paper, fabrics, insulation, cotton and other scavenged items. They can jump a foot into the air, squeeze through a hole the size of a dime, and are excellent climbers. If you have a mouse in your home, there are few places it can't get to.
Even though house mice spend a lot of time inside human dwellings, it isn't like having a pet. Mice get into things you would never get into, and they spread rot, decay and bacteria to your food and dishes. They are also vectors for diseases like Salmonella, tapeworm--among many.
Being a rodent, mice are compelled to gnaw on things, and can do a considerable amount of damage to a home. They have also been linked to house fires.
If you have mice in your home, have your foundation and exterior walls inspected by a professional pest control technician, and get them sealed. A technician can also cleanse infected areas, and educate you on exclusion methods, to keep mice from entering your home again.
Mice are amazing creatures. If you want mice in your home, I'd get one from the pet store. A free, roaming mouse, is never a good thing.