The spike we normally see every year in mice infestations never arrived. When the temperature dips in November the phones start to ring from customers reporting mice infestations. Mice are opportunists and will sneak into a house or business if they can gain access and there is accessibility to food. Once they are in, they are (understandably), reluctant to move back out again. If have ever wondered how a mouse got into your house here are 12 fascinating facts:
12 Facts About Mice
- Can squeeze through a 6mm gap.
- Mice whiskers are used to sense smooth and rough surfaces, temperature changes and breezes.
- Mice see best in dim light. Their eyesight is weak, but their other senses are acute.
- Mice can hear ultrasound up to 90kHz, they can also produce ultrasound for communication between individuals.
- Mice prefer to travel adjacent to walls and other edges.
- They forage only for short distances from their nest, usually not more than 10 to 30 feet.
- Mice explore their territory daily, showing no aversion to new objects (neophobia).
- The average mouse consumes 3-4g per day, preferring cereal grains and seeds.
- Mice may make 20 to 30 visits to different food sites each night taking as little as 0.15g at each site.
- Mice produce 7 – 8 litters of 4 – 16 pups per year. They begin breeding at two months of age.
- Mice use urine as markers to determine where they have been.
- Mice can produce up to 80 droppings a day which are scattered everywhere rather than one place.