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More than you ever wanted to know about Mice

 

What Mice are Like

  • Mice do not see very well, but they have a very acute sense of hearing.
  • They use their very sensitive whiskers to feel surfaces, vibrations, and temperature variations.
  • Mice have to gnaw on hard objects to control the growth of their teeth which often grow three to five inches during their lifetime.
  • A mouse’s tail is just about the same length as its body.
  • Mice normally live for only one year, but some have been known to survive as much as three years in the wild and four years in captivity.
  • A common house mouse will seldom weigh more than one ounce.
  • Mice are found from the Arctic Circle to the Equator.
  • A mouse’s tail may look bare, but it has hairs and scaly protrusions that help the mouse to hold on to slippery surfaces.

Look What Mice Can Do!

  • Mice can squeak audibly but sometimes they squeak at such high frequencies that we cannot even hear them.
  • Mice can jump more than a foot high to get out of a trash container or bucket.
  • They can also fall two stories, land on the lawn, and scamper away unhurt.
  • Mice can climb stucco walls with ease and they use their tails to balance on wires.
  • Mice constantly leave droppings in the areas they frequent.
  • They also have no sphincter; no way of stopping urine flow so they contaminate every place that they frequent with urine traces.
  • Fresh mouse droppings are dark, firm, approximately 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length and pointed at both ends.
  • Mice prefer to travel adjacent to walls, using their sensitive whiskers and their acute hearing to make their travel safer.
  • They will find a nesting site very near food, usually within a few feet. They do not like to forage very far from home.
  • Unlike rats, mice are very curious and like to investigate everything near their nesting site.
  • When it can find the food a single mouse will eat between 2 and 5 grams each day.  It’s preferred food is natural grains and cereals but they are not above eating fruit, veggies, and meat when it is available.
  • Mice prefer to take very small amounts of food from many different places, making them somewhat difficult to poison.
  • Mice can chew through anything softer than their teeth, including electrical wiring and hard plastic containers.
  • A well fed female mouse can produce nearly a hundred offspring in a year; as many as ten litters, and she can start breeding at six weeks of age.
  • Mice can be vectors for many different diseases, disorders, and parasites but most of the time the worst that we see is damage to our stored food and bacterial contamination.
  • Mice have been known to carry some pretty significant diseases that can be transmitted to man, such as tularemia, dermatitis, and Hantavirus.

History and Mystery

 

  • Mice came to Europe from the Middle East many centuries ago.
  • The first mice to appear in the western hemisphere came from Europe with the earliest Spanish explorers.
  • The word mouse comes from an ancient Sanskrit word meaning "thief".
  • According to some cultures, if you dream about mice, you are going to die soon.
  • Ancient Jewish folklore forbade the eating of any mouse-chewed food because it could cause forgetfulness or a sore throat.
  • In ancient Egypt, a cooked mouse was used to cure a variety of ills including stomach aches.
  • The Roman writer Pliny recommended mouse ashes mixed with honey to cure earaches.
  • Cooked mice were once used to treat whooping cough, smallpox, measles and many other ailments.
  • Some people believe that fried mice or mouse pie is a cure for bedwetting.
  • Mickey Mouse was created in 1928.
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