The tiny mouse may be small compared to the large, troublesome rat – but that also means they can fit in more spaces and may be worse trouble for the average homeowner. Here are several facts you may not know about mice and how they live.
Mice Can Fit Through a Dime-Sized Hole or Crack
Mice are already small, and they can easily stretch themselves out to get into an even smaller space (if you've seen a cat do this, you know how it works). That means little cracks or gaps just the size of a dime are enough to give mice access. That means holes around wiring, small drainage pipes, cracks in a foundation, and other small spaces are all avenues for a mouse!
Mice Use Urine to Mark Their Territory
Like many larger animals, mice use urine to mark their territories, especially male mice. In fact, they usually let out small dribbles of urine all the time while they are exploring, so that any other mice that come along know someone else is already there. Mouse urine, as you may expect, is an irritant for humans.
One Mouse Can Have Over 100 Offspring in a Year
Mice have very quick birthing cycles and can have a whole lot of babies in each litter. The average mouse mating couple in ideal conditions can produce 100 babies in a year and may produce up to 150 with large litter sizes. It's easy to see how a building can quickly become infested!
Mice Teeth Never Stop Growing
This is a common rodent trait and allows them to gnaw on things constantly throughout their lives – otherwise, their teeth would grow several inches a year. Unfortunately, this also makes mice and rats quite destructive as they chew through wood, drywall, fabric, and anything else that they find, even after building a nest. However, this also makes it a bit easier to hear mice activity.
Mice Have Poor Eyesight
Mice spend a lot of time in tiny dark spaces, so it's not too surprising that their eyes don't work very well. They are primarily designed to see short distances in dim light, but otherwise aren't a lot of help. This may also be one reason mice are always willing to explore new objects up close.
The Other Mouse Senses are Very Acute
What mice lack in sight they make up for in other ways. Their whiskers are so attuned they can sense the details of surfaces all around them, the tiniest of air movements, and even temperature changes. They can also hear sounds up to 90kHz, and make similar ultrasound frequencies to communicate, far beyond the range of human hearing – although other animals may be able to notice these sounds.
Of course, when they're living in your house mice aren't quite as interesting as they are at a distance. If you suspect you may have small rodents giving you trouble, let Perfection Pest Control know! We can help you find the right pest solution for your problems, fast.Tags: facts, mice, mouse, rodent