House Mouse

House Mouse

Originating from eastern Asia

Besides humans, the house mouse is the most successful mammal on earth.

The average house mouse weighs about one ounce and eats about 1/10th its body weight in food each day; they contaminate surfaces with their urine and feces. Also, we are concerned with them because of the possible diseases they can transmit to humans and the damage they cause in your home by their constant gnawing.

The common house mouse, whose Latin name of Mus musculus, translates to mean “little thief”.

Its tail is as long as its head and body length combined and the tail is practically hairless. Its fur usually is a medium brown to dusky gray color with a lighter colored belly. It has relatively large ears and small feet.

The female house mouse may spend her whole life in an area no more than 15 square feet.

Important aspects of effective rodent control include sanitation to remove food, water, and harborage resources the rodents currently survive on.

House mice are “nibblers”, feeding on small quantities of food.

House mice have two main periods when it feeds – at dusk and at dawn.

House mouse have a keen senses of smell, sight, hearing, taste, touch, and kinesthesis that it uses to locate food items and protect it from predators.

Mice rely heavily on pheromones that are present in their urine, and urine is a major form of communication between mice. The house mouse urinates frequently, producing up to 3,000 “micro-droplets” each day.

When new objects are encountered the mouse will sniff it,explore it visually and by touch, and urinate on it. Urine is a social odor telling a mouse about other mice in the area, their sexes, their ages and  their health. Mouse urine also is a serious public health threat to people. It contains proteins that now are well known to trigger asthma, and is considered to be a major cause of childhood asthmas.

The house mouse is considered the most troublesome and economically damaging rodent in the U.S. House mouse are mainly night roaming creatures. Nests are usually 4 to 6 inches in diameter. Mice have been known to transmit salmonellosis, rickettsialpox, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis. And also carry leptospirosis, rat bite fever, tapeworms, and organisms that can cause ringworms in humans.

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