Types of British mice

When you have your own house, you have to take care of many things, specially taking care of the grounds, furniture and all the expenses that come with it. It is known, however, that many of those expenses are not the only ones you have to carry because when pests knock on your door there is more money to spend.

Mice are the most common pest you can find. They are scattered around the UK. And it is not only their location, but the different type of British mice that exist. It is good to know how to identify them and the behaviour that they have for you to catch them quickly or tell a pest control expert, so they can act and have the best solution for that problem.

House Mouse

When you have seen or heard about a mouse being in a house then it might have been a house mouse. These tend to live closer to us and can appear in our house without notice. In terms of appearance, you can see that it is a brown-grey mouse, it is covered with these colours all over its body. As a regular mouse they have big eyes, ears and their snout is pointy.

Humans think that these animals favour cheese, but this might not be true. In fact, these types of animals prefer cereals. Leaving oats, rice and other things can make them appear. It is funny how different types of British mice exist, and you are only used to the house one.

Its behaviour is the same as other mice. It is very curious and likes to investigate. They come at night so those are their active hours. If you want to trap one you need to put it right in the middle of its path since its curious nature is going to make it take the bait.

If you want to know if you have got these animals inside, they emit a strong smell which you can use to pinpoint their location, and you can use that to call an expert that checks your house and identifies an infestation.

Harvest Mouse

This animal is found in both Europe as in Asia. You can find it in different parts of Wales and from Yorkshire to southern parts of England. It resembles the house mouse but has a quality that those do not possess.

These creatures are able to use their tail as a fifth limb, making it very dangerous and skilled. As a rodent, it has big eyes and ears but its colour differs from the house mouse being its fur brownish or yellowish. Its fur is very long and covers the whole body.

Their living area changes according to the season. Usually, their normal habitats are hedgerows, areas where the vegetation is dense, cornfields and areas they are not disturbed. Their danger to crops is big since in their diet they usually include seeds, wheat, oats, nectar and fruits, although insects are rather included and also fungi.

Their behaviour is similar to other types of British mice, but they have a big difference. They are active not only at night but during the day too. Furthermore, they do not go into any state of hibernation. However, in winter they seem to spend their time underground.

Field Mouse

This time of mice is called field mouse or wood mouse. They can be found all over the UK, in fact, they are the most common type of mouse that lives in Britain. Its appearance is different from other types of mice. It has brown fur, almost sandy, and its belly is white coloured. It is tiny compared to other species, and it has smaller ears but a long tail that is almost as big as their body.

Their habitat is very similar to the harvest mouse as they are found in fields, gardens and hedgerows too, they prefer to be in underground burrows as deep in the roots of trees which have tunnels and chambers where they can nest without being disturbed. Although, they will live in any place where they are sorted with shelter and lots of food. 

These little animals have a very varied diet. They go from eating seeds to berries and even larvae of small insects. Not only that, but they will eat worms and carcasses as part of it.

They tend to be active at night. They can climb very well and can leap in the air if it is being disturbed by an animal or a human. A characteristic of this animal is also their excellent vision and hearing as other types of British mice.

Yellow-necked mouse

A rodent that looks quite similar to the wood mouse, but it is different as you can distinguish it by a collar of yellowish fur that they have around their neck but is quite difficult to catch at plain sight. Furthermore, their ears are a bit larger and their body too.

They are found near the Welsh borders and in southern areas. Although, it is not only found in Britain but in Europe and Asia.

Similar to the field mouse they tend to build their nests underground near stumps or roots from trees. They can be seen in wooden gardens, woodlands, or hedgerows. If you talk about their diet it seems to follow the same pattern as with field mice. They are omnivore so their diet goes from seeds and nuts to insects and spiders.

Their behaviour resembles to their familiar species as they are active at night, and they can climb high trees for them to flee or to find food as in houses.

There are many types of British mice so if your house is being infested try to check which one it is or just call the professionals that can help you with that matter.

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