Mus Musculus A.K.A. The House Mouse Part I Of II

Can you guess who I am?  What rodent is a very fast climber, can jump as far as 12 inches in a single leap, never hibernates, is mostly nocturnal but does travel some during the day, and can reproduce incredibly fast?  If your guess was squirrels, you would be wrong.  If you guessed mice, ding ding ding, we have a winner.

The dreaded house mice, a.k.a. Mus musculus wants to come inside for the winter.  Let’s face it, your house is warm, outside is not.  They are cleaver little creatures that annoy even my cat Frazier, who is the best mouser alive.

Mice can carry diseases in their urine, droppings and fur that are harmful to humans and their pets or livestock.  According to Wildlife Damage Management, “Health Hazards & Diseases associated with mice or their parasites include: salmonellosis, rickettsial pox, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, leptospirosis, ratbite fever, tapeworms, ringworms, and swine dysentery.”

Mice leave droppings and urine everywhere they travel.  Mice droppings are about a ¼ inch long with squared off ends. Like squirrels and rats, they can chew through electrical lines in your attic and walls.  They will break into any container for food or anything that resembles food.  They are even known to cause gnawing damage to trees in late winter.

They are such a nuisance!

Please check back next Tuesday for the conclusion to this post.