Winchester Pest Control
Winchester Pest Control

Winchester Pest Control

 Integrated Pest Management

 Telephone - 781-729-1893

House mouse (Mus musculus)
House Mouse - General Information
The adult house mouse is usually 2-½" to 3-½" in body length (tail length about 3" long) and light to dark gray in color. The average life span is about one year. The average litter size is 5 to 8. House mice are prolific breeders with a female's pregnancy lasting an average of 19-21 days, her young is weaned at 3 to 4 weeks, and reaches sexual maturity in 35 days from birth.

The house mouse periodically causes destruction by gnawing on all types of building materials including utility wires, which can lead to electrical fires. They not only consume and contaminate stored food supplies, but they are also of a human health importance as disease carriers or vectors. The house mouse can transmit disease organisms in different ways but commonly by contaminating food areas with their urine and/or droppings. Their droppings can usually be identified as 1/8" to 1/4" long, black in color and rod shaped with pointed ends.

Please refer to the ~ Rodents - General Information ~ section.