House mice will eat many kinds of food, but particularly cereal grains. They are extremely good at climbing and jumping, which means they can run up almost any rough vertical surface, run across thin wire cables and ropes, and jump over a foot from the floor onto another surface. Remarkably, they can slip through holes or cracks that are only the width of a pencil.
House mice populations can increase very quickly. They typically give birth to litters of 6 to 8 young and one female can have 5 to 10 litters per year, as their gestation period is just 19–21 days. Breeding happens all year round, with young mice being able to reproduce as early as just five weeks.
House Mouse Prevention & Control
Sanitation and mouse-proof construction are two important preventative measures for effective mouse pest control. If, however, a mouse infestation already exists, it is almost always necessary to carry out some form of population reduction using techniques such as trapping and poisoning.