Learn the Difference Between Real & Fake When it Comes to Mice
If you’ve ever thought that a mouse’s favorite food is cheese (it’s not), or wondered if getting a cat will solve all your mouse problems (it won’t), you’re in good company.
These, along with other myths about mice are constantly circulating because of movies, books, or old wives’ tales.
So, what else have we been bamboozled into believing about mice? Here are eight mice myths that you may have thought were true:
1. Mice Only Come Out At Night
It is true that mice are nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night. However, mice have a very strong sense of smell and will come out to eat at any hour, sometimes up to 20 times a day. That’s almost one snack per hour!
2. Mice Have No Bones
The ability of mice to squeeze into tiny places has led to the belief that mice not only have no backbones, but that they have no bones at all. It may surprise you to know that mice do indeed have a skeletal structure. Their bones aren’t even as “flexible” as many people think.
It is true that mice don’t need much of an opening to be able to get into a space, though (typically only a quarter of an inch wide). What mice do not possess, however, is a collar bone. This allows them to move more fluidly than many other animals.
3. Mice Are Only Found in Dirty Places
What most people fail to realize is that mice can be found in nearly any space where there are suitable living conditions and food resources available.
Mice are explorers and will visit even the cleanest of homes if food and shelter are easily available.
4. Mice Can’t Climb
A large misconception is that mice cannot climb, leaving them grounded.
Wouldn’t life be easier if that were true! Mice are actually great climbers. They can enter your home at ground level and climb up into any space they can fit through.
5. One & Done
Another common misconception about mice is that they are loners. Thus, many people who see a mouse in their home or business believe it’s likely just one invader (and perhaps getting rid of it will fix the problem).
Unfortunately, these are rarely the case. If there is one mouse in your house, it’s best to contact a wildlife professional to look for more as there may be a nest.
6. Mice Don’t Fight
It’s also good to note that while mice are known to be timid and fearful, they can be defensive when they feel trapped and may even scratch or bite. Always be careful.
As mentioned before, the presence of one mouse likely means the presence of other mice, so contacting a wildlife control company is always in your best interest.
Catseye starts every job with a cost-free inspection to identify exactly what’s going on in the home, how severe the issue is, and the best way to get it under control quickly and efficiently.
7. Mice Can’t Swim
Just like their climbing skills, mice excel in their ability to swim.
These rodents don’t just swim, either; they have the ability to swim for long periods of time and have been calculated to be able to tread water for up to three days.
However, they do not particularly enjoy swimming and this means of travel tends to stress them out.
8. Mice Don’t Have Bladders
When a mouse is present, it seems like there is no territory that hasn’t already been covered in urine.
This constant issue has led to the strange theory that mice do not have bladders and therefore, nowhere to store their urine, which would explain why it’s everywhere. The truth is, mice do have bladders, but just really like to mark their territory
So, grab the peanut butter (not the cheddar) and tell the cat to take a break, because these mice myths are officially busted!
If you believe that you could have an issue with mice in your home or business, contact us for your free inspection and get rid of your rodent and wildlife problems fast and permanently.