Latin name> Apodemus sylvaticus
Life> 18 months
Color> gray, brown or yellowish
Length> 10 to 20cm
Belonging to the same family of mammals as mice and rats, the field mouse is a rodent whose preferred habitat is the countryside. Also called harvest rat or field vole, it ventures into our homes to find food. Omnivorous, it reproduces very quickly in Quebec by invading our crops and can unfortunately cause infestation fires in our homes. Like rats, it is capable of giving a wide range of diseases to humans by simple contact.
What are the signs of presence of field mice?
Rodent and having teeth that grow throughout its life, the field mouse must file them daily by attacking our crops, plants and electric cables, which is a sure sign of its presence. Moving mainly at night, it deposits bad smells through its excrement, contagious for our species. Tracks will be visible on the inside of the floor, while you’ll have to watch out for mounds of earth on the outside.
How to prevent infestation of field mice?
Able to slip into a hole only 10 millimeters in diameter, the field mouse is also capable of leaping up to 80 meters. To avoid an infestation, you should caulk all the cracks and infiltrations in your home. Outdoors and if you have a garden, prefer short grass and avoid any tall plants. Clean between your furniture frequently and don’t leave any foodstuffs out in the open. Control your household waste with one hand by avoiding its accumulation. Finally, and even if this proves to be effective, avoid rat traps if your home is made up of children or pets.
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