Not to be confused with: house mice which are a greyer-brown and unlikely to be seen outside of buildings. Field mice also have long tails, making them quite agile climbers. Predators: larger mammals, such as foxes and badgers, and raptors. They don’t hibernate but can go into torpor during particularly cold winters. Field mice only need a gap of 5mm to gain entry (roughly the diameter of the eraser end of a pencil). Wood mice rarely live longer than 12 months. Check around pipes and windows, and double check the basement. Wood mice have brown fur with pale underparts, large black eyes, big ears and a long, hairless tail. Knowing how much, where, and when to deploy products is where professionals are able to take control of situations efficiently. They weigh less than 25g, and their fur colour is uniformly light brown and grey, right down to the tail which has sparse hairs on it. Autumn leaf identification quiz: can you identify these 10 trees? Types of mushroom in the UK: common identification guide, Top tips for an eco-friendly and sustainable Christmas, Staying safe in our woods during the pandemic. These nibbling nuisances can also cause a lot of property damage, due to their compulsive need to gnaw to maintain their teeth at a constant length. 1982873. Outdoor cousins of the House Mouse, which tend to move indoors in the winter seeking their creature comforts. Females produce litters of four to eight young up to six times in one year. Be a part of the UK's leading trade association for the pest control industry. Bank voles have noticeably smaller eyes and ears, as well as a shorter, hairy tail. Electric cables, water and gas pipes, packaging and woodwork may all be seriously damaged by mice - many instances of electrical fires and floods have been attributed to them. Wood mice can shed the skin on their tail in a bid to escape predators. 2296645), is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Woodland Trust. What do wood mice look like? © British Pest Control Association. Field mice play an important role in woodland ecology. The true field mouse is the Long Tailed Field Mouse, or Wood Mouse and it is one of our most endearing / or terrifying animals depending on your point of view. All BPCA members employ qualified technicians who frequently update their knowledge. This is an adaptation to avoid predation. The Field Mouse is a generic term for a range of mice in the UK. The Field Mouse is a generic term for a range of mice in the UK. To accept and hide this message click the cross on the right. As shown in the above picture, they have a dark brown fur with enormous eyes and ears for their size. Family: Muridae. As the weather gets colder, those field mice currently surviving outdoors will look for warmer places to nest and begin to move indoors. Their body length ranges between 60-90mm, and the tail generally equals the length of its body, adding another 90mm. It traditionally roams fields, hedgerows, forests and grass lands where it can find plenty of food. BPCA catalogue of the most common public health and nuisance pests, 4A Mallard Way, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8GX. Find out how they breed, what they eat and where to spot them. And keep those pegs handy - they have a really distinctive, strong smell so you’ll know if you have a large infestation of these unwanted guests. A field mouse has sandy brown fur with a lighter underside. Their bodies are around 10cm long. You should focus on low level gaps first as these are the most likely areas for field mice to enter.