The common house mouse can become a pesky unwanted house guest very easily. Like many other rodents, these mice can enter a home through an opening the size of a nickel. Once they are in your home they will make themselves really comfortable, eating your food, sleeping in your walls, and tormenting you at night. Although the common house mouse looks harmless, it packs a serious punch of diseases, ruins furniture, damages the inner home, and drives homeowners nuts.
These mice are nocturnal so at night they run around and collect things from your house for their food and shelter. This also makes it harder to catch them in the day, but if you were to see a common house mouse they are smaller than rats and just as nasty. The 5-8 inch rodent also has large ears, a hairless tail, fur that is brown to gray in color, and the underbelly is usually light.
Here is a close up of a common house mouse, this one seems to have just eaten some oats out of the pantry.
Other than the common house mouse’s physical appearance there are some more interesting things about the rodent. The common house mouse can only see up to 6 inches in front of him, they also are color blind, can run up to 8 miles per hour, can jump up to 12 inches high, can jump down from 8 feet high, they can flatten their bodies in order to get through a small space, swim, they usually make their home anywhere humans are, and a weird thing is they usually stay within 50 feet of their home. These mice often are with child, so staying close to home would make sense.
Common house mice can have over 100 babies in a year. They reproduce anywhere from 5 to 14 times a year. Each time they have babies the number can range from 3-12 babies. If these rodents were in your house for two months alone they could have repopulated. This would be a great reason to have a professional exterminator come to your home and take care of the problem.
Not only can the common house mouse leave babies for you, they also leave feces. A rodent’s feces can be a huge problem, and should be dealt with by a professional pest control specialist. Not only is it gross, but diseases can be traced back to rodent feces. This should be taken very serious because the diseases they carry can cause real health problems. See our blog about the diseases the common house mouse carries.
Other problems can occur from common house mice being inside a home. The common house mouse can cause damage to the structure of the home and much more. Like rats, the common house mouse gnaws on objects which can be a huge threat to the home. The common house mouse can cause a lot of damage for such a small rodent; check out our blog post with all the problems that can occur from the common house mouse being inside a home.
Once inside a home there are a couple things a common house mouse will do. One thing is that it will find a place to live. Many times the place the common house mouse chooses to live is close to a food supply of some kind, or at least a short trip to food. See the many areas of a home the common house mouse likes to live on our blog.
Once a common house mouse finds its spot to live, it then needs to make a nest. The common house mouse does this by collecting things around your home. Due to the common house mouse being nocturnal they scrounge around at night looking for things, many times this is when a homeowner will hear mice running around at night. There are a variety of things a common house mouse can use within a home to build a nest. Check out our blog about the common house mouse nests.
The most common way to prevent rodents from getting into the home is to have a routine check by a professional exterminator; unfortunately not everyone can afford to do this. The alternatives are do-it-yourself remedies. There are a number of things any homeowner can do to help prevent rodents from entering their home. There are also things to do to keep them from lurking near your home; sometimes being on the property is just as bad. Since these mice like to live near humans it is very important to thoroughly check your house and property to keep the common house mouse out.
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