Mus Domesticus
 
House Mouse
 
House Mouse

Characteristics
Size : Small, its body rarely exceeding two inches long and one ounce in weight.
Color : Usually gray in color, but some may appear darker.

Mice are more numerous than rats and are more widespread throughout urban and suburban
communities. A mouse can be distinguished from a young rat since the rat's head and feet will
be overly large in relation to its body.

Behavior
Few people really like rats or mice, and no one wants them in their house. Rodents live
everywhere outside and could enter at any time, but fortunately, this does not occur often.
Usually, most home invasions occur in the fall, not because of cooler weather, but because the
seeds and plants on which rodents feed outside are gone. Rats and mice must then seek new
food sources. Unfortunately, one of these sources may be your home. Mice are excellent
climbers and are capable of gaining entry through holes around soffit vents and around cables
entering the building, through holes in gable vent screens, and through turbine and box vents
on roofs. Most garage doors on homes allow enough space for mice to fit underneath, as well.

Habitat
Mice are found in almost every part of the country from urban to rural areas, and are especially
prevalent in urban and suburban communities. Mice are found in buildings more often than rats
because they are smaller and are able to find more available entryways into a building. Mice
can fit through a crack or hole 1/4 of an inch or larger - or about the width of a pencil. Mice will
make their nests in many areas in and around the home, especially in stacked firewood, stones
and bricks, and piles of leaves or other debris.
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