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Rural Vs Urban Mice: The Difference?

If you live on London, you are probably no stranger to the curse of the dreaded house mouse. But, what many people do not realise is that not all mice are created the same. For example, there are notable differences between rural and urban mice.  These differences may surprise you, and include things like the following…

A comparison between rural and urban mice

1. Species

Most types of mice actually prefer to live out in the country. They stick to rural areas and don’t cause problems for people. These mice include species like the field mouse, harvest mouse and yellow-necked mouse.

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Then you have the house mouse. This is the species which invades homes and terrorises humans. They cause us no end of problems in both residential and commercial settings, and can cost business owners thousands of pounds worth of damage.

2. Diet

Another big difference between rural and urban mice is in their diet. Rural mice prefer seeds and nuts. They also eat berries, fruit, fungi, insects, and even the occasional snail. On the other hand, house mice will eat almost anything. They will devour what they find in your kitchen. This includes breakfast cereal, bread, pasta and grains. They also love sweet things like peanut butter and fruit.

3. Behaviour

Rural mice have a natural fear of predators and do everything to avoid them. This also includes avoiding humans. Urban mice are more bold and aggressive. Like rats, they are gradually losing their fear of humans.  

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Rural mice are, in general, hardier. These mice spend their winters outdoors. They usually burrow deep underground and build a warm retreat. This helps them survive hazards like cold wind, snow and frost. House mice do not have these problems. They live indoors all year round and do not have to survive the cold. The downside of this is that it also means they can breed continuously. This is why their populations often grow out of control. If this happens in your London home, call our mouse control team for immediate help and advice.

4. Nests

Mice in the wild dig burrows for themselves. This helps to guard against predators. Their burrows are lined with grass and leaves for comfort. Urban mice do not live in burrows, but they do build nests. These nests are built from soft materials found in your house. This includes things like newspaper, cardboard, fluff, and even small items of clothing. House mice also like to live in places that are hidden from humans, but that still give them easy access to food. This includes areas like attics, walls and beneath floorboards. They are also known to live in disused storerooms and sheds.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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