Eight Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About Mice

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The mouse

The house mouse is said to be one of the most common mammals in Quebec. This rodent is very present in houses, especially during the winter. Indeed, this small mammal seeks a warm and cozy place to spend the winter, feed and reproduce.

It is therefore not uncommon to find mice or rats at home. To get rid of them in a lasting way, there is an effective solution: call on a specialized rat exterminator in pest management to treat pests and rodent infestations.

But to better fight mice, it is essential to understand their habits and habits. What happens in the brain of a mouse? What is his behavior? Is she as smart as they say? If you think you know everything about this domestic pest, think again! Here are eight fascinating facts you [may] not know about mice.

You won’t look at them the same way after reading this article…

What should you know about mice?

1. Mouse infestation: don't worry, you are not alone!
Each winter, mice and other rodents invade approximately 21 million homes across the North American continent. Mice typically enter homes between October and February, looking for food, water, and shelter from the cold.
2. The mouse is a voracious rodent
Despite their tiny bodies and stomachs, mice eat between 15 and 20 times a day. It is also because of their eating habits that these rodents prefer to build their shelter near food sources… that is, near your kitchen cupboards, in your house!
3. Agile as gymnasts
These small rodents are good jumpers, climbers and swimmers. In fact, mice can jump with one foot in the air, which allows them to easily climb kitchen counters or pantries to access food. To prevent rodents [mice, rats, field mice and other parasitic insects] from contaminating your food, store food in airtight, rigid containers.

  • Warning about rodent diseases

Rodents carry bacteria and germs and contaminate food through their excrement, urine and saliva. It is therefore advisable to quickly contact an exterminator as soon as you notice a pest infestation in your home.

4. The mouse is a real little Houdini!

These small rodents can squeeze through openings as small as a quarter for adults, dime for small ones. This means that a small crack or micro-opening on the exterior of your house appears as an invitation to enter the house. See this study filmed on the site of a mouse exterminator colleague, it illustrates the agility of this muridae.

You can prevent rodents in general from accessing the heat of your home by sealing the smallest openings to the outside with the appropriate materials. Fill gaps and holes inside your home with steel wool or cement.

5. Mice have a relatively short lifespan
In the wild, mice usually only live for about five months, mainly due to predators such as cats, snakes and foxes. In the laboratory, it can live longer, up to two years.
6. Mice carry bacteria and germs

Of course, you know that murids can transmit diseases like hantavirus and salmonella, even plague in the most serious cases. Mice can carry up to 200 human pathogens!

7. Feces, urine, saliva: mice are not clean

We already suspect that a mouse or a rat is not healthy in terms of hygiene. But did you know that a house mouse produces between 40 and 100 droppings per day? They constantly emit micro-droplets of urine as they move through their territory each day. In contrast, house mice [like all rodents] do not vomit.

8. Mice breed very quickly
From the age of two months, a mouse gives birth to about a dozen babies every three weeks. This means she can have up to 150 pups in a single year !

If you see a mouse in your house, know that the mouse invasion is not far away.

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To remember

Do mice carry disease?

All rodents are carriers of bacteria, they contaminate food through their excrement, urine and saliva. To prevent mice from contaminating your food, store food in airtight, rigid containers. If you face an infestation, it is advisable to contact a company expert in mouse extermination.

How long is their lifespan?
Mice live an average of 2 years. Remember, they reproduce very quickly, a single mouse gives birth to about a dozen babies every three weeks!
What do mice eat?
The diet of mice is very varied. The mouse can feed on fruits, meat, vegetables, but it especially prefers cereals and seeds.
How to avoid an infestation?
Rodents like mice invade approximately 21 million homes in Canada and the United States. In winter, mice seek shelter and a food source. To avoid an infestation, you must first and foremost prevent them from accessing the heat of your home by sealing the exterior openings.

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