Did you know mice reproduce at an alarmingly fast rate? That is why it’s vital they are dealt with as soon as you spot clues that mice or any other rodents are invading. But whether you have an issue with mice or not, you may just be wondering, how long do mice live? 

In this article, we’ll give you the rundown on a typical mouse’s life cycle and why it’s never a good idea to just hope the mouse will die of natural causes or move on. If you suspect you’re suffering from a mice infestation, contact us today for an inspection. 

How Long is the Average Lifespan of a Mouse?

Most mice have a lifespan of 2-7 years. However, due to the abundance of natural predators, many mice don’t live for the entirety of their natural lifespan. Mice that live indoors have a typical lifespan of about two years. The shortened lifespan of an indoor mouse is typically due to traps, poisons, and other pest control methods used to eradicate its presence. 

Mice that live outdoors stop reproducing in the winter, as it’s harder to find food and warm shelter. However, indoor mice reproduce all year round. 

Mice are able to reproduce at six weeks old, and it only takes a female mouse 18-21 days to deliver a litter of pups. It’s estimated that each female mouse can have up to 35 babies a year. You can see how a mouse problem can quickly become out of hand! 

Why are Mice a Problem?

Mice and other rodents are known carriers of several diseases harmful to humans. These diseases are spread through contact with mice’s saliva, feces, and urine. According to the CDC, a rodent infestation in the home is the most common reason disease spreads from mice to humans. Mice are also commonly infested with fleas and ticks – both of which can cause secondary infestations in your home and transmit diseases like Lyme disease and the plague. 

Telling Signs you May Have a Mouse Problem

Mice are expert scavengers and evaders. In fact, you may still have an infestation without ever actually seeing a mouse. Mice like to nest in walls, attics, basements, and other hard-to-reach areas. Signs of a mouse problem in your home may include finding droppings, nibble marks on food containers, and bite marks on furniture.

If you suspect you have a mouse infestation, remember that they are nocturnal creatures. Listen for scurrying, chewing, or squeaking at night. 

How to Prevent a Mouse Infestation

As we have learned, a mouse problem can quickly become an infestation if left unchecked. Prevention is key to protecting you and your family from the diseases mice can carry. Here are some helpful tips to prevent a mouse infestation.

  • Seal any openings in your home that lead to the outside. Don’t let mice and other rodents have easy access to your home. 
  • Keep pet food sealed and stored securely. Mice are attracted to dog and cat food. Empty your bag of dog or cat food into an air-tight container. This will prevent rodents and other pests from scavenging your pet’s food.
  • Secure all food items in your pantry and cupboards. Mice have been known to chew through cereal boxes and snack food packaging. 
  • Sweep and mop your floors regularly. Crumbs and other food particles are very enticing to mice. By eliminating their food sources, your home will become a less attractive place to nest.

What To Do About a Mouse Infestation

Due to a mouse’s ability to reproduce at an alarming rate, it’s imperative to call our expert team at Stampede Pest Control today to get in front of the infestation quickly. Our experienced staff is ready to safely and permanently remove mice from your property. 

We offer organic, family and pet-friendly solutions that keep you and your loved ones safe. We’ve been in business for over ten years and have become a trusted source for all of your pest control needs. Call us today if you need our help fast!