House mice are not welcomed house guests. They tear apart your insulation, chew on your cereal boxes, and get into your food for their supposed love of cheese. Unfortunately, these pests can invade Ohio homes, especially in the winter. You may not appreciate having mice around, but you're sure to appreciate these six cool facts about the common house house.
1. The House Mouse Is Officially Called Mus Musculus
The mouse belongs to the genus Mus, and its species name is musculus. There are five subspecies of Mus musculus. The southeastern Asian house mouse, western European house mouse, and eastern European house mouse have long been recognized. The southwestern Asian house mouse and pygmy house mouse were more recently recognized.
Most house mice seen in the U.S. are western European house mice, also known as Mus musculus domesticus. Laboratory mice and pet mice are also Mus musculus domesticus. There's also no genetic distinction between pet mice and the pests you might find in your home.
2. The House Mouse Produces 40 to 100 Fecal Droppings Per Day
House mice produce a lot of fecal matter per day, which is one reason why you should contact an exterminator quickly if you suspect there are mice in your home. The pests can make a huge mess very quickly with their feces alone. Mouse feces are very dark brown, less than 1/4 inch long, and pointed on both ends. If the feces you find are larger than this, they were probably left by rats, not house mice.
3. The House Mouse Can Climb Walls
Have you ever found mice in an attic or within your ceiling and wondered how they made it up there? They may have climbed the walls. House mice are excellent climbers. If a wall is made from concrete, stucco, or another highly textured material, a mouse can climb straight up that wall, using its claws and toes for grip. Among their other talents are running along cords and wires, and jumping vertically up to 13 inches.
4. The House Mouse Lives for About 12 Months
In the wild, the average house mouse lives for between nine and 12 months. A mouse can accomplish a lot in this short lifetime. Females can reproduce when they are just six weeks old. Within a year, a single female can have up to 60 young. A mouse infestation may start with just a few mice, but there will be hundreds or thousands before you know it.
5. The House Mouse Can Spread Salmonella
You probably think of salmonella as a disease you can get from chicken or eggs. While salmonella is spread by birds, it can also be spread by mice.
A house mouse may walk across a surface that has been touched by contaminated chicken or raw eggs. This could happen in your home or down the street at a restaurant. The mouse may then walk across a surface you use to prepare food, such as your cutting board. If you then use that cutting board and eat food prepared on it, you could contract Salmonella, a disease that causes abdominal cramps and diarrhea.
6. The House Mouse Loves High-Calorie Foods
Mice don't just love cheese. They actually love most high-calorie foods since they only need to eat a small amount of these foods to meet their calorie needs. Favorites include peanut butter, marshmallows, gummy candies, and beef jerky. Of course, if they can't find these items in your home, they'll settle for anything from cereal to crackers.House mice are interesting creatures, and some people even consider them cute. However, they should not be welcome in your home. If you find mouse feces, a mouse nest, or chew marks on your food storage containers, contact Patton Pest Control. Our employees are licensed by the state of Ohio and are experts at getting rid of mice