Field/Wood mouse

Appearance

  • Around 80-110mm in length, with brown fur and a white/grey stomach.
  • Large protruding eyes and large ears.

Biology

  • As field mice are prey for owls and foxes they often only survive 6-12 months in the wild although can live for up to 20 months.
  • Females have between 4-8 young per litter and will have generally 1-3 litters per year.
  • The gestation period is 3-4 weeks, with the young being weened after a similar length of time.

Habitats

  • The field mouse is found in a wide range of habitats ranging from woodlands, hedgerows and gardens.
  • They are very adaptable and will make nests in cars, machinery and in and around the house also. Nests are not uncommon around the motor of fridges and freezers due to the heat given out.
  • Mice will eat seeds, berries, fruit, fungi, worms and centipedes.
  • Like all rodents, mice need to chew for around 3-4% of their waking hours in order to keep their incisor teeth short often causing damage.

Treatment

  • Initial clearances of Mice/Rats can be carried out using rodenticides or non chemical methods.
  • Multiple visits are generally required to achieve effective control and programmed routine visits enable preventive action in selective environments.
  • Proofing measures against the entry of Mice/Rats to buildings will prevent repetitive or potential ingress.

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