- Common Name(s): House Mouse
- Order: Rodentia
- Family: Muridae
- Common Species: Mus musculus
- Commonly Confused With: Other Rodents
How to Identify?
The house mouse has a long scaly tail. They have short hair, and their feet, tails, and large ears are mostly, if not completely, hairless. They have small eyes and max out around 1 oz. in size. They are typically brown, tan, or gray in color.
Where do they live?
The house mouse lives outdoors but can commonly find its way into structures such as homes, storage sheds, outbuildings, stores, granaries, etc.
What do they eat?
These rodents are particularly fond of grains, but they will eat pretty much any food source, whether intended for humans or animals, that they come across.
What do they do?
These rodents are mostly nocturnal, but they can be active during the day, usually foraging for food. These rodents have a tendency to defecate indoors, which contaminates food, dishes, etc. They are major problems in areas such as stores, warehouses, and granaries.
While the house mouse can cause issues indoors, they do not do nearly as much damage as some of the other commensal rodents. They can have up to 8 litters a year, usually giving birth to 5-7 young per litter!
- Wiester, A. (2003). The Virtual Nature Trail at Penn State New Kensington Species Page: Deer Mouse. Retrieved November 19, 2018, from https://www.psu.edu/dept/nkbiology/naturetrail/speciespages/deermouse.htm
- ESF Office of Communications, & Saunders, D. A. (n.d.). Deer Mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus LeConte). Retrieved November 19, 2018, from https://www.esf.edu/aec/adks/mammals/deer_mouse.htm
Author: G. Wyatt West– B.S.E.S University of Georgia 2017; Board Certified Entomologist
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