How Do Mice Reproduce So Rapidly?
Out of all pests we deal with here in the Bay Area, rodents are one of the most concerning. Not only do rodents spread germs and disease, they can cause some real damage inside your property. One of the main concerns of a rodent problem is just how quickly mice and rats reproduce. Seeing even one or two mice in your property can be a bad sign that you already have a potential infestation on your hands. This is why it’s imperative that you learn how to keep mice from turning your property into their own personal breeding grounds in the first place. The experts at Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen are here to help—read on to learn more!
The Fast Life Cycle of a Mouse
Seeing one or two mice in your garage may not send alarm signals off, but you should take it more seriously than you may think. All it takes is one female and one male mouse to kickstart what could be a serious infestation. Here’s what to know:
- At just a month old, female mice are able to begin breeding.
- One mouse can give birth to five or six babies after just a three-week gestation period. Even worse, they can produce up to 10 litters a year!
- These female mice can mate immediately after giving birth, meaning mice can birth a second litter in as little as 25 days after the first.
Why Rodents Come Indoors
Most nuisance rats and mice will live outside, but it’s easy to see why they want to come indoors—especially during the winter. Although the average mouse lifespan is only about 12 months outdoors, they can live for nearly 2 or 3 years in an indoor environment. Living indoors also enables mice to breed more rapidly, as they are unable to reproduce in the winter if outdoors. Inside the comfort of your home, rodents are safe from predators like owls, hawks, and cats. This can lead to a longer lifespan and, in turn, more litters!
How to Stop Mice From Reproducing so Rapidly
At the end of the day, the key to keeping mice from breeding in your property is to prevent them altogether. This requires knowing how to make your home or business less attractive to the pests. It also requires learning how to recognize the early signs of rodent activity, like droppings or gnaw marks, to help stop an infestation in its tracks. For help or advice, the rodent exterminators at Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen are happy to assist. Contact us today!