Jan302015

"Interesting Mouse Facts"

Are mouse infestations a problem in your home each winter? Are you constantly worried about the damage they cause and the diseases they spread as well?  Listed below are some interesting mouse facts that you should be aware of.  

Maintaining your pest control program thoughout the winter months will keep mice under control as well as several other winter pests that invade your home. 

Interesting mouse facts:

1. Mice usually live 15 to 18 months and can possibly live up to 6 years.

2. Mice are excellent climbers and can run up almost any roughened wall without breaking stride.

3. Mice can swim even though they prefer not to.

4. Mice can jump a vertical distance of 12 inches from the floor onto an elevated flat surface.

5. Mice are capable of jumping from a height of 8 ft to the floot without injuring to themselves.

6. Mice can survive and thrive in cold storage facilities at 14 degrees Farhenheit.

7. Mice are capable of squeezing through an opening slightly larger than ¼ inch in diameter.

8. Mice can run horizontally along pipes, wires and ropes.

9. Mice develop thick long coats of hair when living in a cold environment.

10.Mature mice are not blind, but have poor vision and cannot clearly see beyond approximately six inche.s

11.Mice whiskers are used to sense smooth and rough surfaces, temperature changes and breezes.

12.Mice see best in dim light. Their eyesight is weak, but their other senses are acute.

13.Mice can hear ultrasound up to 90kHz, they can also produce ultrasound for communication between individuals.

14.Mice prefer to travel adjacent to walls and other edges.

15.They forage only for short distances from their nest, usually not more than 10 to 30 feet.

16.Mice explore their territory daily, showing no aversion to new objects (neophobia).

17.The average mouse consumes 3-4g per day, preferring cereal grains and seeds.

18.Mice feed 15 to 20 times a day and have 2 main feeding periods are at dusk and just before dawn.

19.Mice begin breeding at two months of age.

20.The average litter size is about six and a female mouce can produce a litter every 50 days.

21.Mice use urine as markers to determine where they have been.

22.Mice can produce up to 80 droppings a day which are scattered everywhere rather than one place.