Rodents-MouseExcellent hearing, vision, smell and touch have enabled the mouse to be highly adaptable to homes and indoor buildings. All they need is a 1/4" opening to be able to enter a building, so they often have access to many places along the building's perimeter.


Description of the House Mouse

Color: Dusty gray
Weight: ½-1 ounce
Length: 2.5-4 inches
Tail Length: As long as body – up to 4 inches
Body: Small head & slender body
Ears: Moderately large ears
Eyes: Small & somewhat protruding; color blind
Lifespan: 1-2 years
Droppings: ¼ inch long with pointed ends; dark color


Reproduction of the House Mouse

Litter Size: 5-7 pups per litter
No. of Litters: 6- 10 per year
Sexual Maturity: 1 month
Gestation Period: 20 days
Breeding Season: Indoors: All year; Outdoors: Spring & Fall


Diet of the House Mouse

Daily Amount: 1/10 ounce
Daily Water: Utilizes moisture in food
Daily Food: Cereal grains, meats, seeds


Habitat of the House Mouse

Geography: Throughout the US & south of Boreal Forest in Canada
Nest Location: Corners in cluttered areas, base voids of appliances; Less than 30ft. from food source
Home Range: 6-30 ft. from nest
Active Periods:  Nocturnal; most feeding occurs 30 minutes after sunset and before sunrise 

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