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Most mice  living in close proximity to humans,  rely on us for food and shelter. They occupy homes, barns, warehouses, granaries, fields and farms. In cooler weather, they almost always make their way indoors for warmth.

Nests are made in dark, quiet spaces, like in between walls, cabinets, closets, basements, attics, storage areas, rafters etc.

 

Each mouse remains within about 10 feet of its nest at all times, so nests are almost always found within this distance of a food source.

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Where do mice live

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Mice live in colonies, or family groups. Each colony establishes its own territory by urine and feces marking.

Mouse Diet

Seeds and grains are a house mouse's main dietary staples, although mice are opportunistic omnivores that ultimately eat a wide variety of foods.

 

Mice are especially fond of foods that are high in fat, protein, and even sugar. Even though mice only eat about 1/10 of an ounce of food per day, they may bite open several food packages for sampling.

Their menu includes, cereal grains, seeds, birdseed, fruit, nuts, chocolate, garbage debris, and pet foods.

Mouse Behavior

Mice are sensitive to bright lights, and are generally nocturnal or crepuscular (active during twilight). A mouse's range of activity is usually confined to an area with an average radius of 10 feet.

Reproduction begins at 6-10 weeks of age, and each female can give birth to as many as 10 litters per year. After a short gestation period of 20 days, litters of 5 to 6 young are born and the cycle begins again.

Using superior senses of hearing, smell, taste and touch, a mouse becomes an expert of its range by learning and memorizing the locations of food, pathways and obstacles. When a new object enters its range, a mouse is usually unafraid to explore it.