House Mouse

House Mouse

Scientific Name: Mus Musculus

The House Mouse is considerably smaller and slenderer than his big brother, the rat. Its length is between 3 and 4 inches, it has big ears, tiny dot shaped eyes and a slightly sharp nose. Its color is either gray or brownish.

Expect to find the House Mouse in any dark place where there is food nearby. It usually settles in an area of ten to forty meters around the main food source. Curious by nature, it will often leave its nesting area but will always be very careful. Possesses an excellent climbing ability.

Its favorite food are cereals but will eat pretty much anything.

As soon as the House Mouse passes the age of two months he is ready to breed. Females can give birth every forty-five to fifty days and can produce 4 to 8 offspring. Life expectancy is one year.

Information on the House Mouse
A tiny mammal, the House Mouse gets its name from the habitat he lives in. Known as a pest, they can also be used as test subjects in various laboratories. Its body is almost completely covered in hair and it weighs between 35 to 45 grams.

House Mice move around on all four legs, but they can also stand up using only their hind legs and their tail for balance. Their hearing ability is excellent so they use various squeaks to communicate, some of which are ultrasonic and cannot be picked up by humans. They are most active at night, can fit through holes no larger than a quarter of an inch, and carry many dangerous diseases.

The Enemies of the House Mouse
House Mice are excellent at adapting in any area. Originating from Asia, they usually nest in locations that are close to human habitats and they can survive on a very limited amount of water. The natural enemies of the house mouse are hawks, snakes, owls, dogs and of course, cats. The most prolific mouse predator is the barn owl, which can catch up to four mice per night. They can also be easily exterminated with glue traps and conventional ones.

How to get rid of a Dead Mouse
Finding a dead mouse in your home is a difficult task since they usually lurk and die in hidden areas. However, once you notice a strong odor, you should start searching around in cabinets and behind cases and chests. Sometimes the mice die within the walls of your house, and if this is the case you should try to get rid of the smell because getting rid of the dead mouse could prove much more difficult.

Finding insect food sources can also help you find dead rats. Always remember to wear proper equipment when disposing of dead pests and always use disinfectants.