The house mouse (Mus musculus) is one of the most bothersome and
economically important pests in Cyprus. House mice thrive under a
variety of conditions; they are found in and around homes and
commercial structures as well as in open fields and agricultural lands.
House mice consume and contaminate food meant for humans, pets,
livestock, or other animals. In addition, they cause considerable
damage to structures and property, and they can transmit pathogens that
cause diseases such as salmonellosis, a form of food poisoning.
House mice are small rodents with relatively large ears and small black
eyes and usually are light brownish to gray in color. An adult is about
5-1/2 to 7-1/2 inches long, including the 3- to 4-inch tail.
Droppings, fresh gnaw marks, and tracks indicate areas where mice are
active. Mouse nests are made from fine shredded paper or other fibrous
material, usually in sheltered locations. House mice have a
characteristic musky odor that identifies their presence. Mice are
active mostly at night, but they can be seen occasionally during