- The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world. It can breed rapidly and adapt quickly to changing conditions.
- A female house mouse gives birth to a litter of approximately six mice about 19 days after mating and is capable of mating again in two days.
- Can produce six to 10 litters a year.
- Are able to mate two months after birth.
- Can produce 2,500 heirs in six months, with ideal conditions and no mortality.
- Establish a nesting site near sources of food and feed 15 to 20 times a day.
House mice live in structures, but they can live outdoors.
Micro droplets of mouse urine can cause allergies in children. Mice can also bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into your home.
To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes of larger diameter than a pencil are sealed. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a nickel. Seal any cracks and voids. Don’t overlook proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building.