There are a number of different species of mice, but some of the most common found around and inside homes in the Western United States include the house mouse and deer mouse. In general, mice share some of these same characteristics.
- Size: up to 6 or 7 inches including the tail
- Weight: between 20 to 40 grams
- Fur color: gray or brown
In general, mice are much smaller than rats and other rodents. Their tails often have hair on them, unlike a rat’s tail. They tend to have relatively short noses and tiny black eyes. Some of them are one color on top and with a white underbelly.
Mice droppings look different from rat droppings. They are smaller and have pointed ends and are shaped like a rod.
Mice tend to leave faeces and urine behind. They also tear up soft things like cushions and the inside of furniture to make their nests. Mice also will chew through plastic to get to bread and eat other food found in pantries and cupboards.