16 Dec 2016

House Mouse


The house mouse is a small rodent. It is one of the most impotent mammalian pests causing damage to stored food, cloths, grains and other food stuff at home.

House mice originated from Asia but have since spread throughout the world. Along with brown rats, they are considered to be the most widespread terrestrial mammal other than humans. The life span of house mouse is up to two years.

OVERVIEW

House mice have brown-grey fur, with slightly lighter under-parts. They have large ears, a pointed snout and a long tail. Body length: 6.5-10cm, Weight: 12-22g. They are typically found in areas near to human habitation and open fields. They feed on practically everything, but prefer to eat cereals and insects

House mice are nocturnal. Wild populations are poor competitors with other rodents, and are often displaced by other species when away from human habituation. House mice build tunnel systems which may be a short tunnel with just one chamber or a complex network with several exits and chambers. Some of these chambers may contain bedding material. They construct a system of tunnels to live in, which may be quite simple or more complex with several chambers and exits. Females are able to produce up to 10 litters in a year, each with between four to eight young. Within three weeks of birth, the young mice are independent. House mouth eats grain, seeds, roots, fungi and insects. Inside the house they seem to eat almost anything. The high infestation period in house is during the winter months.