What do mice look like?
- Size: 2-4 in. long and under 1 oz. in weight
- Color: Light brown to light gray
- Body Structure: Small, slender bodies covered in short hair. The common house mouse also has large ears, pointed snouts, small eyes, and small feet.
Characteristics of mice
The house mouse matures quickly and can produce offspring at two months of age. In a lifetime, a typical house mouse may have upwards of 50 offspring, producing litters every 40-50 days with up to seven offspring in each litter. The average life span of a house mouse is around one year. The house mouse has a keen sense of hearing and communicates with other mice by emitting squeaks, which occasionally are audible to humans.
When are mice most active?
Where do mice nest?
Outdoors, mice nest in burrows, in piles of leaves, beneath dense underbrush or tall grasses, in thick shrubbery, underneath debris. They’ve even been found inside cars parked outside.
Indoors, mice nest in areas where they’re warm, safe from predators, and close to food. Common nesting sites include, but are not limited to:
- Wall voids
- Under or inside of larger appliances
- Under kitchen sink
- Inside cabinets and drawers
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