Mice

Common House Mouse

Recognition:

House mice have an adult body length (nose to base of tail) of 7.5–10 cm and a tail length of 5–10 cm.
They vary in colour from white to grey and light brown to black.
They have short hair and a light underneath. The ears and tail have little hair.

Signs of infestation:

Sightings of live or dead mice.
Mice droppings are blackish, about 3 mm long, and have a strong musty smell.
Footprints – on muddy or dusty surfaces.
Burrows – entrance holes are approximately 3 cm in diameter.
Nests – sometime found indoors, in lofts or under floorboards.
Gnawing – mice gnaw continually, even on non-food materials, in order to wear down their front teeth.

Mice facts:

Mice consume approximately 3 grams of food but don’t generally require water, however if they do drink they consume approximately 3 ml of water per day.
The litter size can vary from 4 to 16 and a breeding pair can have between 7 to 8 litters per year, depending upon food availability and harbourage meaning that one pair of mice can have up to 128 offspring in one year.
After a period of 3 weeks mice are ready to breed.
Mice leave about 80 droppings per day.

Diseases carried by mice:

Salmonella
Hantavirus
Lyme Disease

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