The House Mouse has an average weight of about 15 grams. It has a long tail which is about 80% of the length of its head and body which is 70-90 mm long. The House Mouse has large ears and a pointed snout.
The life cycle of mice are similar to rats. Conditions that suit a rapid population increase are a good supply of food and water, suitable temperatures and an undisturbed cover. With these conditions breeding will continue throughout the year.
Mice are capable of reproducing from the age of three months. Mating is carried out on an opportunistic and promiscuous basis. Mating is brief and can take place with a number of males. There is a short period of of pregnancy (gestation) of approximately 17-20 days. The average size of the house mouse litter is 5 to 6.
The female mouse may be willing to mate and can conceive again soon after the original litter is born. Mice may give birth every 24-28 days.
They feed on almost everything, but prefer to eat cereals and insects. House mice produce a stale odour, it is very distinctive. Mice droppings are 3-7 mm in length and may often be spindle shaped, they will produce about 80 a day.
Gnawing of electric cables and wires in the loft area is a common problem. A house mouse’s incisor teeth marks are about 1 mm wide.
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