The house mouse ranges in colour from brown, grey to black and measures from 7 – 9 cm combined head and body. They have large ears, a pointed nose, small eyes, small feet, sharp, flat teeth and a long tail that is darker in colour than the body.
An adult mouse will weigh on average 15-18 g.
One female can have 5 to 10 litters per year, so the mice population can increase very quickly, with breeding occurring throughout the year.
Seeds are the preferred food of mice but they also like foods high in fat and protein such as butter, bacon, meat and sweets. Mice feed at multiple sites, often 20-30 different sites each day, taking a small amount of food at each. A typical mouse will consume about 3-4 g of food each day, about 20% of its body weight.
Mice enter buildings from the outside, but many mouse problems can originate indoors. Mice generally nest within 5 metres of the food source and will spread throughout the home. Since mice can squeeze through cracks as small as 6 mm, sealing openings with caulking, mesh or polyurethane foam will help block entry. Larger cracks need to be repaired.
A mouse infestation is best controlled with a combination of good hygiene practices and a treatment through a licensed pest controller.
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