Each winter, mice and other rodents invade an estimated 22 million homes in the North America. Mice typically enter our homes from August to February, looking for food, water and shelter from the cold.
Despite their size, mice eat constantly throughout the day nibbling at their food sources. The house mouse only consumes 3 – 5 grams of food per day. Because of their frequent eating habits, they prefer to build their homes near food sources.
Mice are good jumpers, climbers and swimmers. In fact, mice can jump a foot into the air, allowing them to easily climb up onto kitchen counters or into pantries to access food. To prevent mice and other pests from getting into your food, store all pantry items in hard, plastic containers with a tightly sealed lid. Do not leave pet food unattended as this is one their favorite food sources.
A mouse can squeeze through openings as small as the size of a dime. This means that a small crack or opening on the exterior of your home (usually where utility pipes enter) is like an open door for mice. Prevent mice from gaining access to your home by sealing any openings on the exterior of your home.
Mice can spread diseases like Hantavirus and Salmonella, but that’s just the beginning. In fact, a single mouse can actually carry as many as 200 human pathogens.
Depending on food supply a house mouse can produce between 40 and 100 droppings per day. The house mouse is constantly giving off micro-droplets of urine as they travel around their territory every day.
A female house mouse can give birth when they are only two months old, and they are able to have to up to a dozen babies every three weeks depending on food supply and harborage. This means she could have as many as 150 offspring in a single year.