What does a mouse look like?
House mice, the most common type of mouse in the Netherlands, have a brown-gray coat. Mice are about seven to ten centimeters long and have a tail that is about the same length as their body. They have black, round eyes, large upright ears and a pointed snout. Mice have four incisors that continuously grow. To keep the teeth sharp and short, the mouse must constantly gnaw.
Most common types of mice
The most common mouse in the Netherlands is the house mouse (Mus musculus). In addition, the wood mouse, the vole, the harvest mouse and the dormouse are also found in various variations. In contrast to what’s often thought, shrews aren’t mice. Also bats aren’t mice.
Reproduction of mice
Mice are mammals and plants continue at a rapid pace. A female mouse carries two to twelve young in her belly for three weeks. The young mice are born naked, deaf and blind. After six weeks the young mice are sexually mature. Mice reproduce throughout the year and have multiple mouse nests per year. The house mouse is able to pre-plant at most ten times within a year, resulting in a rapid increase in the mouse population. In order to prevent inbreeding, mice recognize their own family by the smell of the urine.
Living environment of mice
Mice are culture followers. That means that mice live everywhere where people are. The house mouse adapts very easily to its environment and survives the most extreme living conditions. Mice often have their litter near their food sources. Mice live in groups with a clear hierarchy. In addition, mice are very curious. Mice are especially active at night.
What do mice eat?
Mice are rodents and constantly gnaw at everything that is loose and stuck. Mice have a preference for fat and protein foods. They like to eat nuts, grains, seeds, insects and larvae in particular. In the absence of better food, they also eat less obvious food, such as soap or glue. Mice eat three to four grams of food per day and don’t need to drink water when the food contains enough fluid. Mice like to eat from a “clean plate”, leaving dirty and rotting food on the left.
Risks of a mouse plague
The presence of a mouse plague involves several risks. This way the mouse gnaws at all kinds of domestic material, which causes damage to furniture, food, but smoke and electricity cables. A mouse is naturally an unhygienic animal that’s potentially harmful to our health. Also mice spread urine during the day and lay an average of eighty drips a day. Disease transfer from mouse to human takes place by touching mouse droppings, eating contaminated food or by direct contact with an infected mouse. The most common diseases that mice carry with them are:
How do you get rid of a mouse plague?
There are different ways to get rid of mice. The regular methods for this are:
- chase mice
- catch mice
- remove mice
We advise you to immediately call in the help of a professional pest controller. This way you ensure that you definitely fight the mice. Our professional pest controllers are happy to assist you, so find your local pest controller here.