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House Mouse – Mus Musculus

 

 Mus Musculus also known as the common House Mouse is the smallest of the rodents and will be found almost anywhere in Australia except for a few offshore islands. If you have mouses in your home it is vital to deal with the eradication in a quick and swift manner as the House Mouse breeds very quick and before you know it you will have an infestation or plague.  The Mouse House is a serial pest in Australia and often will contaminate agricultural crops, food, industrial, commercial and residential spaces. The House Mouse has learnt very quickly to adapt to living with humans. House Mouses are very good at jumping, swimming and climbing. When The House Mouse fights and eats the House Mouse will rear up on their hind legs this is known as tripoding.  House Mouse has very poor eye sight and solely relies on their sense of smell, touch, hearing and touch.

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What Do House Mouses Look like?

The House Mouse will vary in sizes but are a lot smaller than the rat. Typically the House Mouse started off as a greyish to brownish colour but now you will see that the colour can vary with black, white, brown, grey, yellowish, white with different markings and so on. The House Mouse tail will be slightly bigger than its body and is usually lighter in colour than the rest of the body. They have small beady eyes and small ears.

 

Head to Body – 60-95mm

Tail – 75 -95mm
Weight 10 -25grams

 

Life Cycle of the House Mouse
Life Span –3 years
Gestation Period – 19 – 20 days
Litter Size – 4 -6
Number of litters per year  – 11 litters

 

Nesting Behaviours

The House Mouse likes to live in places which are hidden from humans or other animals, they like their food and water source close to them. House Mouses will construct their nest from different soft materials and are quite territorial when it comes to their home. Mice will burrow extensively with interconnecting tunnels with multiple exits.

Signs Of An Infestation of House Mouse
Gnawed Objects House Mouses will gnaw every day to avoid their teeth growing to a point which is uncomfortable for them. They like to keep their teeth short & sharp. House Mouses will gnaw through almost any materials.
Droppings & Urine House Mouses will leave droppings and urine in an area that they favour but can leave droppings and urine almost anywhere. Over a short period of time the droppings and urine will cause a smell. The also leave a very musky smell.
Rub Markings House Mouses will leave a brownish to black smudge along the walls when running from room to room or in the pantry.
Paths & Runways House mouses will always have a path or runway to which they use frequently between their burrow and their food and water source.
Sighting House Mouses will hide during the day and will not be seen unless there is an infestation of House Mouses and that they are forced out of their natural hiding spaces.