House Mouse

House Mouse

House Mouse–Overview

Other Names: Common House Mouse, Domestic House Mouse

Excellent hearing, vision, smell and touch have enabled the mouse to be highly adaptable to homes and indoor buildings. All they need is a ¼" opening to be able to enter a building, so they often have access to many places along the building's perimeter.

Diet of the house mouse

Diet of the house mouse

Daily Amount:

⅒ ounce

Daily Water:

Utilizes moisture in food

Daily Food:

Cereal grains, meats, seeds

Habitat of the house mouse

Habitat of the house mouse


Throughout the US & south of Boreal Forest in Canada

Nest Location:

Corners in cluttered areas, base voids of appliances; Less than 30 ft from food source

Home Range:

6–30 ft from nest

Active Periods:

Nocturnal; most feeding occurs 30 minutes after sunset and before sunrise

Reproduction of the house mouse

Reproduction of the house mouse

Litter Size:

5–7 pups per litter

No. of Litters:

6–10 per year

Sexual Maturity:

1 month

Gestation Period:

20 days

Breeding Season:

Indoors: All year; Outdoors: Spring & Fall

Top 10 high activity areas

Top 10 high activity areas

  • Secluded corners
  • Beneath cabinets
  • Furniture voids—couches, chairs, dressers
  • Bases of kitchen appliances—refrigerator, stove
  • Ceiling and wall voids near corners and heat sources
  • Top of basement and crawl space foundation walls
  • Cluttered, neglected office drawers in desks
  • Storage boxes in closets
  • Cluttered garages
  • Bases of water heaters

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