KNOW THY ENEMY – THE WILD MOUSE

KNOW THY ENEMY - THE WILD MOUSE

When it starts to get chilly outside, you may find that many creatures who normally prefer to remain outside are using your home as heaven.

As winter approaches, mice will try to break into your home in search of food, water, and a warm place to stay.

While you may believe you know quite a lot about mice, there are many fascinating facts about such small rodents that you may not be aware of.

—->>> They have the potential to make you extremely sick

While the typical house mouse isn’t as bad for health as a deer mouse, it can still spread diseases like salmonellosis, Hantavirus, and listeria through its urine, droppings, saliva, and nesting materials.

These diseases can be fatal, and the danger of contracting one increases if you have a large infestation in your house.

—->>> They multiply quickly

Don’t be tricked into thinking that your house only has one mouse.

Mice can reproduce all year, with a single female producing five to ten litters per year.

So over three months, a family of six mice can grow into 60 with an averaging of six to eight babies every litter.

—->>> They have the potential to ruin your home

It may sound unduly dramatic to imply that a mouse can burn down your house, but the truth is that they can.

Mice adore gnawing on wires, and when they have complete access to your domestic electrical wiring in your ceilings and attic, you can bet they’re nibbling away.

They do it to keep their teeth sharp and gain access to areas where the wires might be obstructing. The likelihood of a wire starting a fire increases as it becomes bare.

As per the Illinois Department of Public Health, rodents are most likely to blame for 25% of all fires ascribed to “unknown causes” in the United States.

—->>> They eat everything

Mice, as previously said, will gnaw and eat through it all. They particularly enjoy grains and may easily consume a box of cookies or a bag of crackers.

They also eat 15 to 20 times per day and build their nest close to a food supply. According to the Durham Region’s health department, mice contaminate ten times more food as they consume.

Eating food that a mouse has contaminated is a definite way to catch an illness from them.

—->>> Mice are excellent climbers, and jumpers

Mice can move quickly due to their small feet.

They can jump out to 18 inches in the air that may not seem like a lot to you, but it’s impressive when you consider how small they are.

They can also reach what they desire by climbing curtains or furniture. Place all unsealed food in containers with tightly shut lids to keep mice out.

They’ll gnaw through cardboard and climb into open food boxes to eat everything they can find.

—->>> They don’t need a lot of water

When given access to water, these mice would drink between three and ten milliliters each day, which isn’t much.

These experienced survivalists, on the other hand, will be OK if there is no water access.

They can get enough water from the food that they consume.

References 

Admin, W. B. (2017, July 18). 12 Facts You Didn’t Know About Mice. Retrieved from https://www.rentokil.ie/blog/12-facts-about-mice/

McCaffery, J. (2021, August 05). 11 Things Mice Dont Want You to Know. Retrieved from https://www.rd.com/list/things-mice-dont-want-you-to-know/