House mice are one of the most common rodents to infest human buildings and they can sometimes transmit diseases, contaminate food, and damage food packaging and damage includes gnawed electrical wires, marks on wooden furniture etc.
The house mice typically will have a pointed snout, large rounded ears, and a long and almost hairless tail. It is one of the most abundant species and the adult mice have a body length of 7-10cm and a tail length of 5-10cm. They typically weigh 11 to 25 gms.
The fur color varies from light brown to dark gray depending on the mouse’s location. House mice have four legs and a round shaped body. Their muzzles are pointed, and their ears are large with some hair.
The female gestation period is about 19–21 days, and they give birth to a litter of 6–14 young. One female can have 5 to 10 litter per year, so the mouse population can increase very quickly. Breeding occurs throughout the year.
The new born open the eyes around 13 days after birth. They are without fur or ears and they develop in the next couple of weeks. Females reach sexual maturity in a month and a half and males in about two months.