Scientific Name: Mus musculus
Color: Light brown to black
The house mouse is the most common and economically important commensal
rodent pest in most parts of the world. It can breed rapidly and
adapt quickly to changing conditions. They damage, contaminate and
House mice can breed throughout the year and can share nests. They
receive most of their moisture from the food they eat. Seeds are
their preferred food but mice will eat a wide variety of food.
House mice live in structures, but they can live outdoors. Their
preferred nesting sites are in dark secluded areas.
Micro droplets of mouse urine can cause allergies in children. Mice
can also bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into your home.
To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes of larger
diameter than a pencil are sealed. Mice can squeeze through spaces
as small as a nickel(1/4"). Seal any cracks and voids. Don't
overlook proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters
or diverts which will channel water away from the building.
(Source: National Pest Management Association, et. al.)