DATA SHEET ON FIELD MICE
The field mouse is a small rodent mammal that jumps (up to 80 cm) and swims, moving at high speed with agility. What distinguishes it from other small rodents is its long tail (6 to 9 cm) and its larger ears. It has 4 fingers and 5 toes. Its coat is reddish brown with a white belly.
The most commonly encountered in gardens is the striped field mouse which has a black stripe on its back, from the muzzle to the tail. It weighs between 20 and 35 grams and measures between 8 and 12 cm (excluding tail).
The field mouse lives in burrows that it digs or borrows from the mole: it has a more nocturnal life to run in our gardens and countryside. It reproduces very quickly with several litters of 5 to 6 young per year! This is to compensate for its relatively short life expectancy, on average one year maximum.
It is the diet of the field mouse that transforms it into a garden pest: it feeds on seeds, berries such as blackberries, raspberries …, insects, roots such as carrots, celery, turnips, potatoes …) and attacks the collar of vegetables such as leeks, chicory, chard …, which ends up doing much damage.
HOW TO DETECT THE PRESENCE OF
- Cut tall grass and weeds near your home.
- Put your garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids
- Eliminate water sources such as leaking faucets, seeping pipes and open drains.
HOW DO YOU KNOW
THEY ARE THERE?
- Damage to vegetable plantings
- Soil invasion by tunnels
- Deformation of lawns by these tunnels and mounds
- Destruction of flower beds…