Though they’re a common sight in buildings across the country, most of us have probably never really given mice a second thought. As a result, there’s a lot we don’t know about these tiny creatures. Although you may not want to get too familiar with the common mouse, here are seven facts that might just make you curious about this tiny home invader.
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- Mice Are Big Eaters
Despite their tiny size, mice generally eat between 15 and 20 times a day. Often, they’ll feast on food and crumbs that have dropped behind units and out of packets in your kitchen, or they’ll search through local streets to find their feast. As a result of this healthy appetite, mice produce between 40 and 100 droppings a day. Spotting a scattering of these droppings is often the first sign you have a rodent problem in your home.
- Mice Like to Come Inside for the Winter
The most common time for mice to find their way into the home is during the colder months of the year. They’ll come in looking for shelter from the cold, food and water. If you have any food supplies that aren’t stored in mice proof cupboards or containers, these intrepid rodents are guaranteed to find them and set up roost in your home. Once in, mice can be very hard to get rid of, so if you spot any of the creatures, or any droppings, you’ll need to contact a professional immediately.
- Mice Can Communicate
Mice are a lot cleverer than most people give them credit for. They have a complex method of communication that involves both sound and smell and they can empathise with other mice. They can actually sense the experiences of their fellow rodents and this can affect their mood and behaviour.
- Mice Can Fit Through Tiny Gaps
Mice are incredibly good at getting through tiny gaps. They’ll try and squeeze through any crack, nook or cranny they can if it means getting to food. And as they’re able to fit their bodies through gaps as small as 6mm, there’s nearly always a space they can get through. This means it can be almost impossible to keep them out of your house without calling in mice control experts, especially if you live in one of the many period properties in Suffolk and Essex.
- Mice Don’t Venture Far from Home
Once they’ve decided your home is the perfect spot for them, mice generally won’t venture too far from their nest. On average, mice travel no more than 10 to 30 feet from their home, using their nest as a base for their explorations. However, though they don’t go far, they do get out and about regularly, with most mice giving their territory a once over every single day.
- Mice Breed Like… Mice
Though they live for an average of just five months in the wild, mice can produce a huge amount of offspring in their short lives. Mice start breeding at around two months old and are capable of producing a staggering 7- 8 litters of 4 – 16 pups a year. This means that, if you get a few mice living in your home, it could turn into a veritable colony within just a few months.
- Mice Can Spread Diseases
Though mice might look adorable and sweet, they can spread a large number of diseases and create a health hazard in the home. In fact, mice have been shown to carry up to 200 human pathogens, potentially damaging the health of you and your family.
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