The house mouse is the most commonly encountered and economically important of the commensal rodents. They are not only nuisance, damage/destroy materials by gnawing, and eat and contaminate stored food. They are also of human health importance as disease carriers or vectors.
Adult with head and body length 2.5-3.5’ (6.5-9 cm). Color usually dusty gray above and light gray or cream on belly. Signs of infestations are gnaw marks, droppings, tracks, damaged goods. Mice prefer seeds or cereals. The house mouse is a prolific breeder. The average litter size is 6, with about 8 litters per year, but averaging 30-35 weaned/female/year. The most threatening organism spread by mice is salmonella, a cause of food poisoning, spread via droppings and/or urine.
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