Talking Mice: Reproduction
If you see one mouse, you almost certainly don’t just have one mouse in your home. That’s an unpleasant truth that you’ve got to keep in mind when dealing with the appearance of mice in your home.
As we continue to talk about the common house mouse, we turn the discussion for a moment to talk of their prodigious rates of reproduction. The house mouse’s typical lifespan is one year. However, in that one year’s time, an average female mouse can give birth to fifty or more mice as she births litters every one or two months. These young themselves reach sexual maturity after a month, and the population can begin to explode from there.
As the family of mice in a home begins to grow, they’ll start getting more and more aggressive out of necessity as they start seeking food in the home. Because of this, you often won’t start to see mice until they’re starting to push the limits of their population within your home.
Because of this, the best time to safeguard your home against mice is long before you’ve ever seen them. Preventing a mouse infestation is much easier and less expensive than cleaning one up will be. A few things you can do to make sure your home is secure include:
- Secure your home against intrusion from mice and other small rodents and wildlife.
- Take steps to reduce outside food sources in your area, lessening the potential for the area around your home to attract mice.
- Have a professional evaluate your home to detect early signs of mouse infestation and make sure that you’re secure.
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