17 Fascinating Facts About Mice

It’s winter. Humans feel naturally inclined to stay indoors at this time of year in order to avoid the cold and gain greater warmth and to shelter from the inclement and, at time, tempestuous weather. The same can be said of many mammals; indeed, certain mammals enter a state of torpor and go into hibernation mode at this time of year. Mice seek warmth, dryness and shelter during the winter months and when denied their natural habitats they migrate towards our domestic and commercial premises. It is quite possible that this will result in a preponderance of mice infestations. At Pestcotek, we are equipped with the latest technologies and trained in the most current methods for dealing with this phenomenon. If you suspect an infestation of either mice or rats at this time of year – and it is more likely – contact Pestcotek. Here are some fascinating facts about these mice.

  1. A mouse is able to squeeze through a 6mm gap. The eyesight of a mouse works at its best in dim light. These two reasons taken together account for the fact that once you have an infestation in your domestic or commercial premises, you will find it very difficult to get rid of it without the intervention of professional pest control services. Solution: contact Pestcotek.
  2. In Greek mythology, the god Apollo is sometimes called Apollo Smintheus. This means Apollo the Mouse. White mice are kept in Apollo’s temple in order to honour the god. In Hinduism, Lord Ganesh, which is the god with an elephant’s head, rides mouse as a vehicle.
  3. Certain religions have a high respect for mice. In ancient Egypt, a cooked mouse was used as a cure for a variety of illnesses, especially gastro-intestinal disorders.
  4. Mice can carry as many as 200 human pathogens. This is the point to remember if you suspect an infestation in your commercial or domestic premises. If you experience the signs of mice – rice-shaped droppings and an ammonia-like aroma – call Pestcotek
  5. Empirical behaviourist research indicates that mice have the capacity to empathise with other mice. Empathy is an important quality for any species that lives in groups.
  6. A mouse’s tail can grow to the same length as its body. The tail is hairless.
  7. Concomitant with the capacity for empathy, research has shown that mice are able to read the moods of other mice according to facial expression.
  8. The collective noun applied to a group of mice is a ‘mischief’ of mice
  9. Mice have the biological capacity to become pregnant again within 48 hours of giving birth and a female mouse can give birth at two months. This an important fact to remember if you suspect an infestation – fast action is the best course of action; and that means contacting Pestcotek.
  10. Mice are considered to be one the most communicative creatures, ‘talking’ to each other with the use of unique ultrasonic sounds.
  11. Mice eat a great deal and exceed far more than three square meals a day. Indeed, they are known to eat between 15 and 20 times a day. This is the reason that our buildings – our homes and workplaces – are so attractive to mice, especially during the winter months when it is cold and natural food stuffs are rare
  12. Mice display remarkable athletic physical prowess: they are able to jump up to a foot and a half and can swim and climb with great ease
  13. The brains and bodies of mice work with sufficient similarity to those of humans that they are used in laboratories for scientific experimentation.
  14. Mice are clean creatures in the sense that they are organised according to their own terms of domesticity. Within their underground homes they arrange to have specific areas for food storage, sewage and shelter.
  15. A mouse’s whiskers enable it to detect likely temperature changes, breezes and they are used as a guidance device when the mouse is navigating narrow passages with rough edges.
  16. Mice play dead when they perceive a threat to their lives and well-being. This is an idiosyncrasy usually only associated with the possum, but yes, mice do it too until they judge that the danger has passed.
  17. During the ‘courting’ phase of the mouse mating process, a male mouse will sing a unique mouse song in order to impress the female. Romance is not dead in the rodent world