If you have seen a mouse in your home, the chances are that there are many more.
When you think about reproduction for all animals, there is a general rule that the larger the cake, the longer to bake. Elephants, for example, will be pregnant for almost two years! However, since mice are so small, they only need to be pregnant for about three weeks!
Here are a few other pieces of information that are important when thinking about how a few mice can become many in a short amount of time:
- Female mice can have multiple litters per year (anywhere from 5-10);
- A single litter can contain more than a dozen pups (pups is the term for a baby mouse);
- Older mice will have fewer and smaller litters;
- A mouse will be sexually mature within two months of age;
- They will only breed in certain weather conditions (this means that it will be inside your house during the winter).
How can you prevent mice from breeding in your home?
The surest way to prevent additional mice in your home is to prevent them from coming in and staying. Unfortunately, rodent problems aren’t always easy to avoid, but some measures can be taken at home without contacting professionals.
- Preventing mice can be as easy as keeping a clean home but can also be as challenging as keeping a clean house. With kids home on winter break, pets in the home, and overall living indoors, messes happen. In addition, mice are attracted to food sources, so keeping the kitchen clean and food well stored will be the best steps to start.
- Treating the house from a mouse infestation is best left to a professional team who knows what to look for and where mice like to reside. Our specialists at Horn Pest Management prefer to utilize multiple treatment efforts to ensure that your rodent problem is solved quickly and completely.
Contact us today at Horn Pest Management if you believe that you have multiplying mice in your home!