The House Mouse, as the name suggests, love to live in our lovely, warm homes. Contrary to popular belief, though, you can find them at any time of year and not just as they seek food and shelter in the winter.
They are light brown to grey, measuring 7-10cm with their tail the same length as their body.
One of the reasons that the house mouse is considered a pest is that it can reproduce 7-8 times per year with as many as 16 young per litters. Females are sexually mature by 12 weeks and live for around a year. Therefore a small infestation can become a major problem very quickly.
Coupled with this is their need to gnaw to continually keep their teeth in check and within our homes. This can be cabling, pipework, packaging and woodwork – to name but a few!
They are known to carry diseases such as Listeria and Salmonella, and although their preferred diet is cereal products, they will eat almost anything. In addition, they nibble on many food sources rather than finishing one foodstuff at a time.
Mice can enter our homes through the tiniest of cracks – as little as 5mm - and once inside, they will make themselves at home very quickly, building nests out of paper, wood and cloth.
Signs that you have an infestation may include:
>Scratching noises within your walls or roof space
>Spotting a nest
>Seeing a mouse!
It is this species of mouse that has been domesticated into being our household pets.