House Mouse (An Luch)--: The
house mouse is so called because it is often
found in our houses.
house mouse is usually smaller than the field mouse and is usually a much
darker brown with no reddish or yellowish colour on the upper parts. The
under parts are grey, with a yellowish shine. One thing you will notice
about a house mouse is that it has a long grey tail. Although known as the
house mouse, it spends much if the year living in such places such as
fields, hedgerows, and scrubland and along the edges of forests and on waste
ground and in the garden. They will eat anything usually but the normally
eat grasses and plants and whatever they can find in peoples houses. When
living in the heat of a house, where food is plentiful, up to 10 litters a
year are born. The young can look after themselves at 3 weeks and mature at
6 weeks. Although they may live up 2 years, it is believed that few survive.
If there is a cat nearby they would not survive very long at all.
is often a musky smell in our outhouse from the house mouse, a smell that
field mice do not leave. When field mice go to live in a house in winter the
house mouse is usually
out. Normally, they live close
to people and in autumn may depend on people for food and warmth.
This is the time of the year that they sneak into our houses and
settle in for the winter. In the house they come out at night looking for
food. You can always tell they are about, as they nibble packets and
wrappings. They also leaved
droppings after them.
we see signs of mice in the house, my father gets out the mousetrap and
warns us not to touch it, in case we catch our fingers in it. We sometimes
come down in the morning to see a dead mouse in the trap. He puts cooked
rashers as bait. My Mother hates to come down in the morning to see a dead
mouse in the trap. She calls my father to dump him outside. I once stepped
on a mouse, as he was under the carpet. His guts were all over the place. My
father then puts them in the bin. My mother hates them. She says they are
real dirty, but they are very clean animals. They mainly move about at
often hear them when we are in bed, as they make scratching noises under the
floorboards. When we get mice my Mam jumps up on a chair. In winter the mice
come in to our house. My Mam hates them. They root around the kitchen
looking for food. A boy in our class has a pet mouse.