The house mouse can produce 8-10 litters each year and each litter contains five to seven young mice. Within 21 days, the young are active outside the nest and within 42 days are sexually mature and ready to reproduce. This exceptionally short life cycle explains why seeing one mouse (or a sign of a mouse) suggests that several are hiding behind the scenes.
Mice aren’t long distance travelers. They stay very close to their nest if food and water are present. They eat very little only, about 1/10 of an ounce a day. Their preferred menu includes seeds, grains and generally any food materials they may find. When they do move about, it’s usually under the cover of night.
Control methods include a full interior inspection. It may also entail the application of rodenticide baits, placing of traps, and sealing of possible mouse entry points.
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