Mice | Des Moines, IA
House mice tend to be covered in short light brown, gray or black hair. Their ears and tails may also have hair, but there will be a lot less compared to the rest of their bodies. Adult mice will weigh between 5 to 10 ounces and may grow to around 7 inches from their nose to the tip of their tail.
Mouse Behavior and Diet
The typical house mouse will make its home in a grassy, wooded area that is dark and protected from harsh elements. These nests will always be close to a food source. Since house mice are naturally curious, they enjoy spending their day roaming and exploring their territory. Though house mice prefer to eat nuts and seeds, they will feed on almost anything that is available to them. These pests are not known to hibernate, but they will begin to search out warmer places to live - such as our homes.
House mice are known to reproduce quickly. In an average year alone, a female house mouse could produce upwards of 8 litters with an average of six pups per litter.
Signs of a Mouse Infestation
There are various signs that will indicate you have a mouse infestation on your hands. House mice are most active in the evening, so you may begin to spot them scurrying from their hiding place and close to walls. Also, you may notice droppings the size of small pellets around your home. More often than not, homeowners believe these small pellets are from cockroaches. However, mouse pellets will have hair embedded in them from grooming. Last but not least, many homeowners report hearing noises associated with gnawing and chewing late at night when it is dark and quiet.
Des Moines Pest Control
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