Mice – they can be interesting. Cinderella would never have made it to the ball without the help of her little rodent friends, after all. While mice aren’t known for their sewing skills in real life, they are pretty interesting in their own right. Here are a few mesmerizing mice facts you may not know – file them away for the next time you’re on Jeopardy.
Mice Really Like Living with You
Well, not just you. Every winter, 21 million homes in the United States have a rodent infestation. Between the months of October and February, these little creatures move right on in to soak up your warmth and take shelter. They probably munch on some of your food too. They might be more welcomed if they sang songs and helped you make a ball gown, though.
Mice Eat – A Lot
Mice may be small, but they are mighty big eaters. They eat anywhere from 15 to 20 times every single day. That’s why you’ll often find their nests very close to sources of food, so they don’t have to travel far to get their grub on.
They Would Win Gold in the Olympics
Mice are excellent climbers, jumpers, and swimmers. As a matter of fact, they can jump a foot into the air, which is cool except for the fact that it helps them climb up on your counters and into your pantries to get food to feed those crazy appetites. Make sure you store your food up tight even if you think it’s someplace safe.
They Are Magic
The average mouse can squeeze through a hole the size of an actual dime. So, that small crevice you’ve put off fixing because you figured nothing was getting through it? Well, something is getting through it, and that something is a mouse that wants into your house. Fill any gaps, cracks, or crevices with silicone caulk and plug up holes with steel wool.
They Don’t Live Long
Mice seem to be the James Deans of the rodent world since they live for only about five short months. In the lab, they can live for much longer – up to two years.
They’re Germy. Really Germy.
They can spread some pretty serious germs to humans, including the Bubonic plague, Salmonella, and Hantavirus. They’ve been found to carry up to 200 different human pathogens, so you really don’t want them helping you out around the house. They’re terrible roommates.
They Go Where They Please
Mice don’t have little mice bathrooms to relieve themselves. Their bathroom is your house, wherever they are in the moment they need to go. They can produce anywhere from 40 to 100 droppings every day, droppings that can make you sick. On the bright side, mice don’t vomit. So, there’s that.
They Reproduce Like…Mice
Rabbits got nothin’ on mice! A female mouse can start producing other mice at the tender age of two months old, and they can have a dozen babies in just three weeks. In just one year, that’s 150 offspring.
As a general rule of thumb, if you spot one mouse in your house, there are more hiding. The best thing you can do is call in the big guns at Green Army to help you get that potential infestation under control. You’re on your own making it home from the ball on time, though.