Mice and other rodents are very prolific and destructive
Rodent populations grow quickly
The average mouse can reproduce at just 50 days of age. Mice have litters year round, the average gestation period is 20 days and litter sizes range from 6 to 12. When the pups are born they weigh from 0.5 to 1.5 grams, are hairless and have closed eyes and ears. The pups are weaned at 3 weeks. It is beucase of this fast reproduction cycle that mice populations can grow to the hundreds in a very short time.
Mice and Chipmunks are very destructive
Mice, Chipmunks and other rodents are talented climbers and can fit into very small places. They will make themselves at home in your house, shed, barn, outbuilding, and even inside tractors and cars. It is in these places that mice not only cause a mess but create fire hazards by chewing through wiring and pack food stuffs and bedding in and around bare wires. Mice, rats and other rodents also carry diseases and bacteria creating health risks for you, your pets or staff.
Species of Rodent found in Michigan
Also know as the House Mouse, the Common Mouse although a wild animal usually lives around humans.
White Footed Mouse
Grey to brownish body with white feet. Body is usually around 3.5 to 4.5 inches in length, with a tail of equal length.
Meadow Jumping Mouse
Long hind legs and tail, great for jumping. Variations in color with a wide dark dorsal stripe.
Woodland Jumping Mouse
Vary long hind legs and tail, capable of jumping 9 feet. Lives is wooded areas and near swamps.
Also known as the Common Rat, Hanover Rat, Norway Rat, or Norwegian Rat. Brown or Grey and around 10 inches in length.
Southern Bog Lemming
Thick fur ranging from brown to red in color. Around 5 inches in length with a short tail of .75 inches.
Also known as the Masked Shrew, is the most common and wide spread shrew in North America.
Northern Short Tailed Shrew
Fur is black, brownish black or silver grey. Around 5 inches in length with a short tail.
American Water Shrew
Lives around water and dives for food. Color ranges from black to light brown.
Brown with a light or silvery underside. Small ears and tail and large head.
Often called a Field Mouse. Active year round and often aggressive towards each other.
About 12 inches in length, reddish brown with five dark strips contrasted against light stripes down its back.
Ranging from 6 to 9 inches in length, with 5 dark strips and 4 light stripes on its back, and 2 light and 2 dark running from nose to ears.