House Mice

 

What Do They Look Like?

House mice are typically dusty gray with cream-colored bellies. Fur color varies from light brown to dark gray depending on the mouse’s location. House mice have four legs and a round shaped body. Their mouth/nose are pointed, and their ears are large with some hair. House mice range from 2.5 to 3.75 inches long. Their tails are usually 2.75 to 4 inches long.

What Are Their Habits?

House mice are very social. In addition to that, they organize themselves in groups with one male dominating lower-ranking males and a large number of females in a given territory. Mature male mice are socially compatible with related mice, but they are hostile and aggressive towards strangers. The size of a house mouse’s territory varies, but it is frequently no larger than 4-5 feet. The size of the territory varies based on the availability of food and water. They are excellent climbers and can jump up to a foot high. However, they are colorblind and cannot see clearly beyond six inches.

Where Can You Find Them?

House mice prefer to nest in dark, secluded areas and often build nests out of paper products, cotton, packing materials, wall insulation and fabrics. They are nocturnal, but they can be spotted in the house during the day. Also, these mice are very curious and tend to investigate changes in their habitats.

How Are They Harmful?

House mice can pose serious health threats. Also, house mice can carry diseases and contaminate stored food that they eat in the home. House mice have been implicated in the spread of salmonella through their feces. Humans can become ill by consuming salmonella contaminated food. Further more, symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain. Furthermore, house mice may also spread rat bite fever, although this is uncommon. Humans can catch this bacteria-borne infectious disease through contact with a dead mouse or by consuming food contaminated by mouse feces. Symptoms of rat bite fever may appear between 3 and 10 days after contact with a contaminated mouse and include fever, vomiting, headache, rash and muscle pain.

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Mouse on floor