House Mouse: Mus Musculus
The House Mouse, like other rodents, is a prolific breeder and begins breeding at around the age of two months. They can have litters of 4 to 7 young as regularly as every 40 to 50 days. The House Mouse’s preferred diet is cereal grains, but they are omnivorous and will make a meal of anything. They will feed from 15 to 20 times per day.
The House Mouse ranges in size from 3 to four inches long when fully grown, and they are small and sleek with large ears, small eyes and a pointed snout. House Mice can be colored from light brown to gray. Signs that a House Mouse is around are their droppings, which are rod shaped.
The House Mouse is a very curious but cautious creature, an excellent climber and can squeeze through cracks and holes as small as 1/4 inch wide, so they can move through a structure very easily. They prefer nesting in buildings and other structures and will typically establish their territory within 30 feet of food sources. Care should always be taken when dealing with a House Mouse issue because they can be carriers of serious diseases.
Halt Bugology Factoid
There’s nothing cute about a House Mouse. They contaminate food-preparation surfaces with their feces, which can contain the bacterium that causes food poisoning (salmonellosis).