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  • Female mice can give birth when they are two months old and are able to have babies 6 to 10 times per year.
  • Mice have to build their homes near sources of food because they like to eat 15 to 20 times per day.
  • Mice can live in a lab for up to two years, but usually only live for about 5 months in the wild, mostly because of predators, such as cats, snakes and foxes.
  • Mice are good jumpers, climbers and swimmers.
  • House mice, like other rodents, do not vomit.

Physical Characteristics

  • Mice have tails that are as long as their bodies.
  • Mice see best in dim light. Their eyesight is weak, but their other senses are acute.
  • Their whiskers are used to sense smooth and rough surfaces, temperature changes and breezes.
  • Like all rodents, mice have teeth that never stop growing. Mice teeth can grow up to 5 inches a year.
  • The average mouse has a life expectancy of just 2 years.
  • When they are full grown they weigh between 1/2 and 1 ounce.
  • Colonies of mice have been found thriving in the supplies used on polar expeditions.
  • Mouse tails have scales that help with climbing.


  • Mice squeak at very high frequencies, often above the range of human hearing.
  • Mice can jump down 12 feet without injury; they also have a 12-inch vertical jump.
  • Mice can scale rough vertical surfaces and walk along thin ropes and wires.
  • Mice constantly leave droppings in the areas they frequent.
  • Fresh mouse droppings are dark, soft, approximately 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length and pointed at both ends.
  • 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 25 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 can chew through anything softer than their teeth, including electrical wiring - a fire hazard.
  • Mice produce 6 - 10 litters of 5 -10 pups per year. They begin breeding at two months of age.
  • Mice can transmit salmonellosis (bacterial food poisoning) when food is contaminated with infected mouse feces.
  • Mice also transmit hantavirus.
If you think you may have a mouse problem or need to get rid of mice in your home or commercial building in Rhode Island or Southeastern MA, let the highly trained and experienced exterminator professionals at Falcon Pest Services LLC provide you with cost effective pest and rodent control. Call Falcon Pest Services LLC today at 401-739-1322 or 888-232-5266 for a free consultation.


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