Eight Fascinating Facts You Never Knew about MiceDr. Jim Fredericks
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
mice are said to be the most common mammal in the U.S., so it’s
no surprise that many homeowners report dealing with infestations
at one time or another. Because mice are so common, you may think
you already know all there is to know about this household pest,
but think again!
Here are eight fascinating mouse facts you probably don’t
1. If you have a mouse infestation, rest assured you are
not alone. Each winter, mice and other rodents invade an
estimated 21 millions homes in the United States. Mice typically
enter our homes between October and February, looking for food,
water and shelter from the cold.
2. Mice have big appetites. Despite their tiny
bodies (and even smaller stomachs!), mice eat between 15 and 20
times a day. Because of their frequent eating habits, they prefer
to build their homes near food sources.
3. They are little gymnasts…Mice are good
jumpers, climbers and swimmers. In fact, mice can jump a foot into
the air, allowing them to easily climb up onto kitchen counters or
into pantries to access food. To prevent mice and other pests from
getting into your food, store all pantry items items in hard,
plastic containers with a tightly sealed lid.
4. …and little Houdinis! Mice can squeeze
through openings as small as the size of a dime. This means that a
small crack or opening on the exterior of your home (such as where
utility pipes enter) is like an open door for mice. Prevent mice
from gaining access to your home by sealing any openings on the
exterior with a silicone caulk. You can also fill gaps and holes
inside your home with steel wool.
5. They have relatively short lifespans. In the
wild, mice usually only live for about five months, mostly because
of predators such as cats, snakes and foxes. In a lab setting, mice
can live for up to two years.
6. They spread more germs than you know. Sure,
you know that mice can spread diseases like Hantavirus and
Salmonella, but that’s just the beginning. In fact, mice can
actually carry as many as 200 human pathogens!
7. Mice aren’t potty-trained. Okay, so you
already knew that. But did you know that a house mouse produces
between 40 and 100 droppings per day? In addition, house mice
constantly give off micro-droplets of urine as they travel around
their territory every day. However, if you’re looking for a silver
lining, house mice (like all rodents) do not vomit.
8. One mouse can turn into many mice…quickly! A
female house mouse can give birth when they are only two months
old, and they are able to have to up to a dozen babies every three
weeks. This means she could have as many as 150 offspring in a
single year! If you spot a mouse in your home, it is safe to assume
there are more or there will be soon. It’s best to contact a licensed pest
professional before the infestation grows out of control.
Looking for more information on mice and rodents? Check out this article for
tips on how to prevent mice infestations, and this article on
the diseases spread by rodents.