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The mouse (Mus musculus) can be recognized by its large ears and its brown or dark grey coat. It usually weighs between 10 and 20 g when fully grown, but the largest ones can reach 50 g. Its body measures up to 10 cm, and its tail is of the same length. You can easily recognize its presence by the scratchings or scurryings in the walls or ceilings in the evenings and at night. You may also find damaged objects, furniture, or food.

The lifestyle of the mouse


The mouse is a rodent that lives in the wild, but also near or inside homes. It builds its nest out of paper, fabrics, or other soft materials. Once the nest has been built, it lives in a rather restricted perimeter around it. A mouse is rarely alone, as they move in colonies.


Mice are omnivorous, but they particularly enjoy grains, fruits, vegetables, and cheese. They also like sugar and protein, so they also consume chocolate and peanut butter. Mice eat around 5 g of food per day.


Mice are known for their impressive reproduction. A female gives birth to about 7 to 10 babies per litter. She can have four to eight litters per year, depending on the abundance of food. Mice reach the age of sexual maturity between a month and a half and two months, depending on the sex.
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The risks associated with mice

The mouse, much like the rat, is known for carrying pathogens and diseases, including hantavirus, meningitis, and tapeworms. It also carries fleas and ticks. Besides being a risk to your health, mice damage buildings. Since they chew on pipes and electrical wires, they can cause water damage or fires. If you can’t get a cat to keep unwanted mice away, you can call on a mouse control professional from ExterminaPro, who will be able to eliminate these rodents.


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