Do you suffer from musophobia? Musophobia is the fear of mice and rats. Being afraid of mice and rats is one of the most common specific phobias. A phobia is an unreasonable disproportionate fear of something. With mice and rats there are some things that we can have a reasonable amount of concern or fear about though. Mice and rats both carry bacteria and viruses and contaminate food sources so there is some amount of fear that would be considered reasonable. Let’s discuss mice and learn about some areas that we may be having some fear and what we can do about it.

Common Mice Species

Wikipedia describes a mouse as a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail, and a high breeding rate. There are many different species of mice including a house mouse, field mice, domestic mice, lab mouse, American white-footed mouse, and the deer mouse. Mice are preyed upon by cats, wild dogs, foxes, birds of prey, snakes, and certain anthropods. Even though mice are prey for so many animals, their quick reproduction process they are one of the most successful mammals living on the Earth today.

Are Elephants Afraid of Mice?

Are the various beliefs about mice accurate? Children are frequently taught the cute little song “Three Blind Mice.” Mice are not actually blind but they do have extremely poor eyesight. They rely on their keen sense of hearing and small to make up for their poor eyesight. Movies, including Dumbo, have touched on the idea that elephants are afraid of mice. Studies have tested this statement and found that there may indeed be some truth to it. Scientists have found mice do startle elephants with their quick movements and elephants do indeed react as if afraid of them.

Can Mouse Droppings Make You Sick?

Many studies have been done on mice. A study was conducted by Columbia University to test the bacteria that was present in the poop of New York City mice. They found that mouse poop contained many different strains of bacteria such as shigella, salmonella, clostridium difficile, and Escherichia coli. These bacteria can cause gastrointestinal disease in humans. They also conducted a study looking for viruses in mouse poop. Researchers found 36 different types of viruses in mouse poop. One of the interesting facts that they uncovered was that the heavier the mouse, the more viruses they typically carried.

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So if you have mice in your home what do you do? Ignoring the mice in your home is not an option. As stated above, mice carry bacteria and viruses that you do not want in your home. You do not want that in your home! There are tons of different traps and poisons that you can find to try and catch the mice in your home. Due to their quick reproduction rate though, mice can be hard to get rid of without the help of an exterminator. Always Ready Pest Control would love to come over and come up with a custom rodent removal plan that will work best for your needs. Give us a call today to set-up your appointment!