Common Name: House Mouse Scientific Name: Mus domesticus Size 6.5-9cm Tail 7-10.2cm
Biology: The house mouse is a prolific breeder, they reach sexual maturity within 35 days. Pregnancy lasts an average of 19 days. There are about 8 litters a year with an average of 6 young per litter. A mouse requires about 3gr of food per day and 1.5ml of water although this can be extracted from the food they eat. Mice carry disease the worst being Salmonella via their droppings of which on average is 50 per day. Over a 6-month period a pair of mice will eat about 1.8kg of food, produce 18.000 droppings, and 355ml of urine.
Habits: Their proffered nesting sites are dark secluded places where there is little chance of being disturbed. They require an opening as little as only 4-6mm to gain entry to a property. They eat many kinds of food but prefer seeds, they will always try new foods. If food and shelter are plentiful they will only travel 1.5-2.0mts from their harborage. Nesting materials include paper products, cotton, packing materials, wall/attic insulation & fabrics etc.
Treatment: The treatment for mice can vary depending on the level of infestation and the location of the infested area. Generally mice are baited with a rodenticide, instant kill traps or glue boards etc.
All mouse treatments will require a minimum of 2 visits carried out 1 – 2 weeks apart with additional visits if needed. It is important to try and locate how the mice are entering a property and proof all obvious access points to minimize future re-infestation, although this can be difficult due to the small amount of room they need to squeeze through.
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