I was so excited when I got my first mice at the age of 12. It soon sprang to my attention that not all people were of the same opinion.
Mice Aren't Scary!
Phobia (noun): a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.
Where Does Fear Come From?
Fear is caused by a certain thought process, and that thought process comes from a particular point of view. Said point of view can be made up of several factors:
- Generalisations: "Everyone is afraid of mice, so they must have a reason."
- Learned behaviour: "My mother is afraid of mice, so so am I!"
- Past experiences: "A mouse once ran across my floor when I wasn't expecting it. It gave me a fright and I've been scared of them ever since."
If you learn to see mice through different eyes—i.e., my eyes—then your fear is sure to quickly subside.
Caveat: Mouse Infestations
Mouse infestations are a different story. This article is by no means arguing that you should leave your mouse infestation be. By all means, wild mice can't stay in your house. But do be humane when removing them, and try to do so with as little panic and fear as possible. The last thing that you—as well as the mice—want while trying to sort out an infestation is stress, panic and death.
However, ask yourself: Is it really the mice themselves you are afraid of?
It goes without saying that infestations can be devastating. Mice, by nature, need to gnaw on things to prevent their teeth from becoming overgrown. Of course, they do not have the intention of destroying family heirlooms when doing so; mice are, sadly, oblivious to the damage they are causing. They're simply following their instinctual nature, just as humans are following their instincts by going to the fridge to find food when hungry.
So, my question to you is this: Is it really the mice themselves that you are afraid of? Or could it be that you are directing the fear of losing your heirlooms, your possessions and any other items of sentimental or financial value onto the mice themselves? To put it another way, if you had an ant infestation that was having a similar effect on your possessions, perhaps you would also claim to be afraid of the ants, whereby your true fear lies in the fact that they are stripping you of the things you love.
To battle our fear, we need to question it. "What am I really afraid of here?"
Why I Wrote This Article
I was so excited when I got my first mice at the age of 12. I’d wanted them ever since I could remember, having always loved anything small and fluffy. But it soon sprang to my attention (when my Nanna almost jumped out of her skin at the sight of my mice) that not all people are of the same opinion. Of course, the next question that immediately sprung to mind was: “But why?”
So, as I sat holding my most prized possessions—Diddle and Minstrel—in my hand, I tried to think of reasons why someone might be afraid of these harmless little fur balls. They’re small, soft, cuddly, friendly, playful, and, unlike, say, some spiders, not poisonous.
After doing some personal research, I have managed to come up with a list of 10 reasons that lie behind people's fear of mice, accompanied by a "new perspective" which could help you fight your fear!
10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be Scared of Mice
- They're a Credit to Nature
- They Bite Only to Defend Themselves
- They're More Scared of Us
- They Make Good Friends
- They Make Brilliant Pets
- They're Beautiful
- They Have Sweet Faces
- They Don't Make Much Noise
- Their Tails Are Amazing
- They're Incredibly Agile
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1. They're a Credit to Nature
Aim to admire and respect their amazing ability to survive, instead of being disgusted by it. Compare their species to ours and see how many things we have in common with them: the functions of the body; basic animalistic needs; the ability to convey emotion. It's all there. If you study a mouse's behaviour closely, you'll see that they're actually very clean animals that build nests, have maternal instincts (just like us) and arrange their habitat to suit their needs accordingly.
There is more to these creatures than 'spreading disease' and 'chewing wires.' After someone commented about the mess they leave behind, I feel it's relevant to add that pet mice can be potty-trained. I successfully trained my mice to wee nowhere else but in an old jam jar, which rather successfully helped keep their cage clean.
2. They Bite Only to Defend Themselves
They do this in the same way a human would fight back if attacked. As a kickboxer, I am more than aware of this instinct! It's only fair that something as small and helpless as a mouse needs at least one way of defending itself to give it half a fighting chance, right?
So how does one avoid being bitten? The answer is simple: Don't give them a reason to bite you. That is, don't scream, bang about, throw things at them or make them frightened and distressed. In the worst case scenario, their teeth are barely big enough to break the skin (I know this from my pet mice), so don't worry too much about being bitten. It's not a big deal.
Note: Mice can spread certain diseases, but, as the CDC points out, it is rare for diseases to be spread through a mouse bite.
3. They're More Scared of Us
You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it anyway: They’re more scared of you than you are of them. To them, you are a giant who takes huge, thundering steps with a booming voice, and they are a four-inch-long critter that can barely be heard even at the quietest of times.
When they bolt, it's out of fear, not because they're trying to get to you or find the quickest way possible to chew through the TV wires. They are trying to get away from you. If you just keep still, they're more likely to note your position in the room and run as far and as quickly as possible in the opposite direction.
4. They Make Good Friends
Hard as this is to believe, you can actually develop a connection with mice, just like you can with cats and dogs. They become your friend. They get excited by the sound of your voice and smell of your skin. They get 'sad' when you leave. I'm sure you can see from the picture of Lady and me near the top of this article that there is more to having a pet mouse than just cleaning out dirty sawdust every day!
5. They Make Brilliant Pets
Just like rabbits, they need a lot of taking care of. They need to have fresh sawdust and bedding every day. They need feeding and regular cuddles. They love trying new things to eat, like bread mixed with milk or broccoli and carrots, and playing in any new toys you might buy them, even if it's something as simple as a toilet roll tube!
I even trained my mice to race up and down my staircase! Mice can be so much fun! I used to love the way Diddle hung upside down on the bars in the cage, clambering about like an acrobat. It kept me entertained for hours on end and was much more interesting than sitting watching TV or playing on the PlayStation, like the majority of children do nowadays.
6. They're Beautiful
When you look past the initial fear, you will find that healthy mice are very beautiful creatures. Each mouse has unique markings—like freckles on a human—that make it pretty in its own way. Its fur is smooth to the touch and glossy in texture. Their whiskers are finer than the silk woven by a spider.
Learn to appreciate their delicacy and vulnerability by looking at them in the same way you might look at a newborn baby. 'Oh, look at its tiny feet and its little pink nose! It's so small—how cute!'
7. They Have Sweet Faces
When you've been given strict instructions by Mum not to feed the dog those extra tidbits and he goes and settles himself patiently in front of you with those big brown puppy-dog eyes just staring at you, saying, 'Pleeeease, I've been ever so good and not barked once all day!,' you find yourself asking the question: 'Well, who can resist that little face?!'
Try doing the same with mice. You might find that, soon, that scatty little rodent actually turns into a sweet little animal with sparkly eyes, a pink, twitching nose and beautiful, glossy fur.
8. They Don't Make Much Noise
It is true that the mouse itself does often make squeaking noises, but most of them are much too high-pitched for the human ear to pick up on. We only hear an odd squeak every so often, and the squeaking we hear is, in fact, a highly developed means of communication, much like the tweeting of a bird.
What is more easily heard is the sound of mice scurrying around. This often freaks people out. Try to imagine this sound as the same as those made by any other living animal moving about, such as a floorboard creaking when someone moves about upstairs or the sound of a dog's paws trotting happily down the hallway.
9. Their Tails Are Amazing
Whether due to its appearance or the fact that it will wrap around your finger when you touch it, a mouse's tail seems to cause problems for people. It's actually very similar to a cat’s tail (with less fur) in that they use their tails for balance, feel and grip, which, in my opinion, is pretty amazing. Fascination is the best cure for fear. Turn your fear into fascination!
10. They're Incredibly Agile
If I ever learn to move with half as much agility and speed as a mouse, I will be an unstoppable kickboxer!
Mice need to be able to run fast to escape from predators in the wild, such as owls and cats. As I said earlier, if a mouse feels threatened by you, it will bolt because it sees you as a predator. If you make very slow movements and use a soothing tone of voice when speaking in its presence, you will find the mouse becomes much calmer and more trusting, enabling you to catch it (in a humane way, of course!) and release it into the wild where it belongs.
A New Perspective on Mice
Every species has its flaws. No one is perfect. We all know that. Look at humans, for example. We pollute the Earth. We kill our own species. We betray one another. We hunt other animals and destroy their habitats.
So, how can we criticise a mouse for chewing a wire or making a nest where you were planning on putting your new TV when the things we do are, in fact, one hundred times worse?
So, next time you come across a mouse, wherever it may be, take a deep breath, look at it for what it really is—a helpless little animal just searching for some food or a warm place to live—put your rational cap on and calmly deal with the situation as appropriate, be it by simply leaving the mouse be or by coming up with a humane way of "evicting" it. You can learn to love them—I promise. And besides, it’s one less thing to be unnecessarily afraid of!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2009 DaniellaWood
DJ on September 08, 2020:
We just found a mouse in our apartment. He/she is very bold. Darting all over the place. I think we may have brought it back from a camping trip. First sighting last night. Have traps set all over. Feel bad we have to kill it.
Dennis winship on September 06, 2020:
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Eve on September 03, 2020:
I'm glad I've come across this article, as I've recently developed a major fear of mice after having an infestation in my flat. I read all the horrible things about them and because I have a toddler, I feared that she would pick up the germs and disease they spread. I tried to rationalise it all in my head and make peace with them but I realised I could not accept them in my kitchen, and they looked ghoulish to me (they were black), running so freakily fast, making scampering noises, scratching, leaving droppings and yes, the tail freaked me out. We have since had our holes plugged up in the flat and they have not since returned, which means I am only just starting to relax again, but I keep getting 'flashbacks' to the moment I saw them and it's like I have a newfound fear of them, or developing a paranoia around them coming back. It's like OCD/a mental health condition. Anyway, this article has helped as I want to start seeing the positive aspects of mice and it's good to read your perspective and accept that they are existing in the best way they know how. Of course, not in my flat, but hopefully in time I will stop feeling that anxiety around seeing them again and not panic so much.
Fine on August 25, 2020:
I admit it I was pretending to be a fan of the dude that made the parody songs WELL WAS ME
Mouse lover on August 19, 2020:
I have always loved mice i wanted won ever since i was 6 i got my first pet mice when i was 7 and then kept getting them but the thing is that most of my friends ade scared of them and they jump out of there skin when they see that i have pet mice
Please make the song if you want on August 18, 2020:
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Well mouse aww man on August 02, 2020:
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My alone remake R.I.P og version on July 17, 2020:
I'm so scared of mice
Nothing feels like home
I'm so scared of mice
Trying to find my way back to my mansion
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I'm so scared of Mickey
He’s even bothered me as a child
I'm so scared of Mickey
Trying to get away from Mickey Mouse in the alleyway
OH OH OH OH OH OHHHHHH BO BO BOOO BOOOO BOY BOY(Xy
Trying to find my way back home to you
I’m so default
Trying to find my way back to Atlantis
(Default dance music gets thicker and thicker x6)
I'm so shrek Clenched
Nothing feels like my swamp
I'm so shrek clenched
Trying to find my way back to my swamp
Wh wh a a a wha what ar are you doing in my swamp (x3)
I want that trident
Nothing feels like a victory royals
I want that trident
Trying to find my way back to Atlantis
I'm so scared of mice skins
Trying to find my way to my victory royale in minecraft
( all noises at once ending with a explosion
R.I.P MY 2 REMIX on July 17, 2020:
R.I.P revenge mouse edition and alone mouse edition
Oops on July 17, 2020:
Thought my remix for revenge and alone were approved
Yep on July 13, 2020:
Now I shall find a new place to go
Same guy as the alone remix person on July 13, 2020:
I this song becomes a topic in the comments or something like being shared or imagined as a new song or meme
Cyber on June 02, 2020:
Rats and mice don't really scare me. They just startle me. Seriously, I get startled easily and I'd jump to the roof if I ever encountered a jumpscare in a game. Same goes for having a creature suddenly run past me. Yes, I think the little guys are adorable, but jeez...
George on May 10, 2020:
I once saw a baby mice in my yard and a dead momma mouse i didn't want the baby to die so i decided to keep it i had to take lots of care for it i still have it I've had it for 1 year now and am hoping to have it another year it i even made a little funeral for its momma but of course the baby couldn't see nothing yet at the time it was still pink when it opened its eyes it probably thought i was its momma of dadda it has its own room and i named it Brownie because brown and i love the little cutie it has tubes and i give it lots of food i do not let it outside though because im afraid of it getting sick and dieing the closest thing to outside it goes is the kitchen because the door is in the kitchen im hoping the little cutie brownie stays healthy for at least another year because he keeps me company and he came just when i need him it was a month after my dog had passed and i was very lonely because i had no one living there but when brownie came into my life every thing was better im am hoping that brownie lives longer because he is the closest thing i got to family still alive in fact he is my family
Mice Murderer on May 10, 2020:
Im still so so so scared of mice once i seen one in my apartment i grabbed my stuff and moved as fast as i could i will never live somewhere where there is mice i once saw one in a field minding its own business and then took a hammer and killed it and i kill all the mice from anywhere i see then my cousin had a pet mouse but i killed it TAKE THAT MICE i love killing mice there so so so evil im like a super hero in fact i am a super hero im Mice Murderer i will always kill mice once i been to a pet store and saw mice so started killing them i did have to pay for the mice i killed but it was worth it
Joe on May 08, 2020:
I have mouse in my bedroom right now here in lockdown I have been sat here since 00:30 with my phone touch on tracking it. Mr mouse forcing me to do a all nighter :(
i still scared on April 14, 2020:
i saw a mice before and i screamed my hair jumped up
I will throw my grandma's clock at a mouse on December 05, 2019:
Proof that I am actually afraid of mice and not simply losing my "heirlooms" is the fact that i react the EXACT same no matter where i see them. That means surround by my heirlooms or not. I petrified of them because they are willing to crawl up a persons leg if they feel it is the best route for escaping. Nah they can have to entire house. Just leave me out if this.
Brooklyn Hanger on November 27, 2019:
One time I found a mouse in my grain bin so I caught it and threw it in the chicken pin and my Guinea hen swallowed it whole
ahhhhh a mouse on November 26, 2019:
see umm i dont like mice. dont get me wrong i would love a pet mouse. but im on my bed at midnight screaming bc a mouse keeps crawling into my bird cage and eating my birds food. now everytime i hear a slight noise im literally shaking. i think i should have let me dog sleep with me now... oml its back ahhhhhhh
Ari on November 26, 2019:
I’m not scared of pet mice. I’m scared of the ones that infest your home and can threaten my infant child’s health!
Shareece on October 09, 2019:
I just saw mice poop in my bathroom and I'm so scared I can't even sleep right now
CHRISTINE on September 27, 2019:
I had field mouse in house he's out but I'm still nervous how do I get over it I keep clean apartment
Murophobia Continues on September 11, 2019:
I'm still terrified of mice. I can't figure out why. After all, I have two pet rats, and I just love them. Rats, as we know, are larger than mice and could cause more damage if they felt it necessary. By the way, it's a myth that the smell of cats will keep them away. I have a cat who's a proven mouser, and the last mouse invaders I had in my home would walk right up to her without a moment's hesitation. It actually is the mouse I fear, not the underlying causes. Bugs are unwelcome intruders, but you can step on them. Rats are big enough that you can see them coming or going. Mice can be anywhere at any time, and they're too fast to step on. I read that if you can bite through a baby carrot, you can bite through a human finger; then I read that rodents can chew through concrete. I didn't like the connection that formed in my mind. Besides, I don't want to go to my grave early because the little creeps gave me some weird disease no one can cure. I even wash my hands after every session with my little ratties.
Kalynn Fleming on September 02, 2019:
Hi I was once terrified of mice but I can sleep now that I’ve read this
I’m scared on July 09, 2019:
It didn’t work help!!! Im standing on a table writing this ahhh help
Hi on June 27, 2019:
I Am literally SO terrified of them, But 2 days ago I went to a pet store, and they were selling Mice, i fell inlove with this cute tiny black mouse, he was So adorableeee, his tail frightend me though. I am Scared of Hamsters, and guinea pigs. Because they look similar to a mice/rat im trying to overcome my fear in order to get one.
Kelly Jordan on May 17, 2019:
I am having a mouse infestation in my kitchen stove....I have a 'Mice Cube'....a humane live trap, its great, put a little peanut butter in the back and walla....but, I've caught almost 20. I relocate to my shed area. I live in the country so its not a big deal to get mice. They don't bother or scare me, its just that they poop and pee all over...
Kinda gross. Other than that, theyre cute little boogers.
Charlie on April 27, 2019:
I’m scared it’s going to eat me in my sleep
Tricia on April 08, 2019:
Neither mice or rats are dirty living creatures..or voles, or dormouse or field mice ! Its nature! They wont harm you at all, they are simply looking for food..n god knows we discard a lot of that!! Hence they are attracted to our waste! ..theres ways to catch them humanely and release them back outside, well away from your home.
Nhu Lam on April 05, 2019:
I just met a baby mice in my room. At first thought it was the mama mice , I was terrified, but then i saw this little baby mice. i thought it was so adorable and it ran fast. I let it out my room and decide to leave it alone. I just hope my parents don't be so cruel to the little creature.
Rita Edwards on February 24, 2019:
The reason I’m afraid of mice, is because they are dirty and carry at least 2 or 3 types of bacteria which Comes out and left behind in their feces. My concern is the contamination of everything they drag their bodies against. And potentially having to throw out an entire cupboard of food (or money down the drain). They are extremely dirty and you will not find a wild mouse that isn’t dirty and disease ridden.
That is why I am afraid of mice.
Erin on February 19, 2019:
Thank you for sharing your experience with mice. I just saw a mouse in my kitchen but your article helped me relax and have a new perspective.
Kate on February 14, 2019:
I am in panic. I fear the thought so much. My heartbeat went completely out the radar. I saw the picture on this article and know that I am terrified. It's the waste and I don't want that around my food or anything. They remind me of the reason I don't try to read about them or get help. The smell is toxic and I can't relate.
Sad mouse on February 07, 2019:
People are too mean to mice
NotIntoCoHabitation on February 05, 2019:
Just a heads up on one of your photos and a commenter- the mice with the white underside/ feet (light brown/gray body), large eyes, and round ears are deer mice- one would be wise to read up on them (and precautions to take) if you find them in your house. I had zero mouse phobia until deer mice started to make their home here!
Pascual on February 04, 2019:
Hi I've just spotted a mouse at the place where I staying, look like a nice little thing. I use to have one when I was a kid and loved it. however I got a bit worried and I Google about mice and found your article about them. I wasn't sure what to do to get it out of the flat but after reading a few ofthe comments left by other people I decided to just leave it alone as its probably more scared of me than I am of it.
Anyway thank you all for your kind words which helped me quite a lot and for helping me to realise that it is only trying to survive as we are. And everything in this life has a purpose and a right to live just as we do.
Mouse on January 29, 2019:
The only thing I don't like about them is that they breed so much and I don't want 10,000 of the running around
Mizelover on January 23, 2019:
People are cruel
Cassandra on December 05, 2018:
Why do we hate mice? Why do we make traps for them? Why do we do cruel experiments on them? 95% of animals in labs are mice and rats and the do the same thing other animals do. We set up glue traps and when they are stuck the become so desparate the chew off their limbs!!! I just don’t get why we hate them!! After all we’ve done to them they still don’t hate us!! They’re scared!!!
Devin Plourde on November 29, 2018:
Anyone who kills a mouse should be executed. Eye for an eye.
We use have-a-heart traps and release the mice in the woods a mile or two from our house. They're adorable; I would love to have a pet mouse.
People are heartless, selfish scumbags. Humans are a cancer to our planet.
IHaveRabies on November 07, 2018:
I’m scared of the diseases they carry. I’m not trying to get rabies.
You're right! on October 16, 2018:
You are absolutely right. I can understand why people get scared of them, but they only fascinate me. I might get a mouse, if it weren't for my cat!
Still might happen if i can fint a cage they won't slip through.
There was a mouse in our house once. It went in the cage. Then slipped out of the bars and ran. I kept dreaming that i would wake up and it would be on my chest. That was before i had a cat.
Iaptaus on October 07, 2018:
there are mice in my house and i carry around a hammer, I will smash a mouse to pieces if it dares show its face near me. My traps spin them, stick them, or poison them, screw humane for mice
Naynaytoe83 on September 11, 2018:
There is a mouse in my apartment i hope that thing doesnt climb. I put a humane trap so i could release it in the park
email@example.com on August 20, 2018:
I saved a babymouse from a horrible glue trap my ex boss threw in a garbage dumpster. I used olive oil and warm water i felled balloons with warm water to keep him warm .and made a formula for small baby animals poked a small hole in one end of the ballon,and warmed the formula.Named him Stewart Little and in October he will be 4...very easy to care for does not smell at all loves a clean cage.fresh water in a tiny bowl loves one blueberry or raspberry at night peanutbutter. And i give him all kinds of things to play on and explore keep his teeth trimmed on wood even put a little log bar in the cage kinda like a bird perch ill put peanut butter on it.He loves making sleeping cocoons..
FrostnNY on May 22, 2018:
I have a small mouse living in my bedroom it scares me so much when it runs out!! I have ton traps down and he’s still living!! He stops when he’s running to look at me?? I’ll yell and off he goes! I can’t find out where he is running to??? I don’t want kill him but he has to GO ASAP!!
Elisa on May 20, 2018:
Thanks for this article! I was beginning to think there was something weird about me for liking this mouse that showed up 2 months ago in my kitchen. I've never liked them and always used snap traps when they came in during the winter, releasing them if the trap just caught their tail, but this one seemed different. (I only get one at a time, so very different situation from an infestation.)
He's very healthy looking, with shiny fur that's greyish brown and white on the lower half of his body, with very pink ears & feet and huge black eyes. The first few times I saw him, I shrieked and hit the stove or counter where he ran from, but one time he just stood there calmly staring at me, as if to say "what's your problem?"
I never find mouse poop, so he must do it outside or in a certain spot, tho he has peed in the stove, which I discovered when I bake & it smells! The smell is getting weaker thankfully. He also doesn't scurry around and make tiny scratching sounds, he crashes into objects & makes a beeline to get what he wants, so I really know when he's around. No scuttling sounds in the walls or ceiling either- it's more like having a cat or dog.
After 2 stores were out of traps, I gave up & named him Alphonse. He doesn't show up all the time, just usually after I make breakfast, which is late because I'm pretty nocturnal too ;)
Since I keep all my food sealed, he only gets tiny bits left on the counter from cooking, or in my compost bowl, so I have a feeling he makes rounds elsewhere. A few times he gnawed yams I left out, so I now keep them in my cabinet. Recently when I made gingerbread, he got agitated, ran around the kitchen over & over, and then lightly gnawed my toe when I was doing the dishes. It made me laugh because it felt like a slow, curious pinch, not like an attack. (didn't break the skin)
I don't think this mouse would enjoy captivity, though, so my plan is to use a live trap and release him between a creek and a convenience store near here, which has a garage & dumpster so he'll have food & shelter. I'll miss the little guy though! I wouldn't even remove him if it wasn't for the pee & possibility of him starting a family, tho he seems pretty solitary, if mice can be.
As far as random advice to get a life goes, I don't have that option at the moment due to chronic illness, so that's one reason I enjoy the company so much ;) Just wanted to share my mouse story and let people know how much their personalities can differ. Really enjoyed the article & comments, nice to know I'm not alone. I was beginning to feel like a freak for liking a mouse enough to stop being afraid of them! By the way, I am very envious of your lifestyle, sounds ideal. :)
Mary scerba on April 07, 2018:
It scares me because my dog acts like she is bitten by a mouse she is scared to get on the floor anymore why
Bruce Garthe on March 03, 2018:
49 years ago I was walking through the woods in Greenwich, CT when a scurrying rodent dropped a little "pinkie" in front of me. I picked her up, called the Audubon Society to discover she needed Esbilac as a substitute for mother's milk. I fed her from a 2" doll baby bottle with an open nipple every four hours, swabbed her little butt with a Q-tip, put her in a shoe box 4" below a Christmas tree bulb to keep her warm. I gradually weaned her from formula to seed and her fur started to come in, gray at first, turning to brown. She was sitting in my hand eating seed when her eyes "popped" open, one at a time. She imprinted on me as mom and dad and that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship! I put her in a 10-gal. aquarium with screen top but she would always LEAP up to hang upside down whenever I called her name: "Timothy"! She would turn her chin up to let me scratch and would never leave me when I took her out to "play". I had her for 16 months but then made a careless decision to take her outside (for the first time since her birth) on a cool October day in Michigan. I set her down in the grass and slowly backed away. She soon realized I wasn't around and looked up, spotting me 10 ft. away. She ran over to me and crawled up (inside) my pantleg! I gently forced her back out and into my hand and took her back inside. One week later I found her dead in her little home. I believe she caught pneumonia outside and I still grieve for her after all these years. I could have had her for many more years if only I had not taken her outside on that day! Timothy was the dearest, sweetest little pet I have ever had and I will never lose the lump in my throat whenever I think of her. There MUST be a heaven for these "almost human" little critters who are pure love and relate much like puppies and kittens do if they BOND with you! I miss my little friend! God rest you, sweetie!
Hi on February 27, 2018:
I’m terrorfied of
Mice, no not in general. Mice are adorable as pets. As well when I see them out in fields. But there’s currectly a house mouse under my bed and I’m reading a shit ton of articles trying to get over this stupid phobia. My mother put out poison a good solid 2 weeks ago. Yet this thing is still under my bed? Maybe it’s just smart. Anyways I have no problems with the little guy at the moment. But if I start hearing sounds I’ll kick my feet so it stops; because it’s scared.
Bob on February 21, 2018:
I don't know what the hell kind of unit you run here, but this nonsense has got to stop.
Grace Kallaghan on February 15, 2018:
Best site ever
Don't harm animals people!
Laurie Tompkins on February 13, 2018:
I think you are crazy, I am 62 and if I see one in my house I am gone., so how do I overcome this hericic phobia
Dallas on February 13, 2018:
Im just down right terrified by them its everything about them and i mean wild mice
Mike on January 08, 2018:
I actually developed a connection with the wild mouse that lives in my house , he isn't afraid of me anymore and sometimes comes on my desk when im working on the computer and just looks at me. The only thing that troubles me is that i know mice can carry dangerous parasites or viruses. I wish there was a way to vaccinate my wild friend.
I live in a rural area and my house is quite old so it's impossible to get rid of mice , they only come inside during the winter , the rest of the year they have plenty of food and shelter outside.
How high is the chance of actually getting a disease from my wild friend? If the chances are slim to none i don't mind his company.
Piper on December 26, 2017:
Mice are disease carrying vermin, albeit clever vermin. People die in house fires due to gnawed electrical cables. My traps and poison got four of the vermin today! Success! Only solution is to kill them and then try to eliminate entry points. When you see one there is two. If you see two there's a problem. Catch and release means they will come back or cause someone else a problem.
keek on December 25, 2017:
mice are cute in the wilderness where they belong. in my house they are suddenly scary devil ninja's.
abbey on December 21, 2017:
We had 2 mice dead in our pantry because we put a mouse trap and we heard the trap snap. My mom said there nasty basters
kristi on December 21, 2017:
mice are gross we had too in are house
Tommy on December 11, 2017:
They are disgusting vile and creepy. They need to duck off back to where they came from
Denrs on December 04, 2017:
I was in my garage surfing fb and felt something licking my foot. When I looked down and jerked my foot away a grey mouse ran under the stand. Why would a wild mouse lick my foot?
Albert LJ on November 17, 2017:
I agree that even though it’s obviously unsanitary for mice to be anywhere with food people eat, a mouse itself is not scary at all,
and an amazing animal. Plus it’s no different than if it were any other animal, I mean, would you want to share your dinner plate eating from it with your cat? Didn’t think so. Also, mice clean their fur exactly the same way cats do, licking it, so they’re actually as clean as cats! True about their tails being like those of cats in form and function. In fact when you really think about it, a cat has a lot in common with a mouse. The predator-prey dynamic obscures that, but it is true. Mice are indeed extremely intelligent, communicative, and expressive with emotions like cats; ditto their curiousness. Someone here mentioned being scared of their fingers — they aren’t fingers, they’re claws, like cats have, great for climbing in both species. As for the person who said a mouse bit them in their sleep, my (store-bought) mouse bit me once too to wake me up because he loved me (he slept by my pillow all night); their bites are not aggressive and are extremely rare and also very superficial—
just wash your hand once with soap it heals completely in an hour! Very wonderful, misunderstood animal.
Bill nine on November 11, 2017:
I still hate mouse even though looking at all the information they have and I'm still curious I see 100mouse so far in my house I was scared as hell do u still like mouse
Ann fink on November 11, 2017:
They are destroying every single thing I have kept all my life. They are in my bed pooping and the dog. That is more than scared...it isn't going turn hurt me. I don't want to lies everything. They were in the FREEZER, opening chicken nuggets. Funny, yes, my parents died 40 yrs ago. I have things of theirs that should not be thrown out.
Star Holdway on November 08, 2017:
So funny thing, I was trying to find out if a mouse bite was something I should worry about (and it's probably not) and I see something that says "mice don't bite unless you give them a reason to" which is quite humorous seeing as the reason I was trying to find out about mouse bites was because a mouse bit me while I was trying to sleep. I wasn't moving or anything, but for some reason it decided my finger was a nice snack. Now, don't get me wrong, I have no fear of mice, and I still think they're super cute. I just don't think that every mouse needs a reason to bite. And now there's a hole in my finger :')
Catherine on October 31, 2017:
Thank you so much for writing this article on new point of view! It helps a lot! My roommates said they saw mice in our dorm, even though I never saw the mice, I was so scared when I made up the pictures of mice in my head. But after reading your experience, I think maybe I can try to be calm and change my opinion of mice.
Marie on October 30, 2017:
Thank you so much....you have help lift my mice terror...my apt has been infested...I thought they were dangerous.
Bigzil on October 25, 2017:
How can you like mice when they piss and shit everywhere. LIterally most of their day they spend time excrementing on all over your property. Non stop shitting machines. Only keep mice around in your house if you like the flavour of mouse shit mixed with your morning cereal.
Ellie on October 15, 2017:
Help me please I’m deathly afraid of mice and if I hear or see one I freak out
DaniellaWood (author) from England on October 07, 2017:
@useless blog (very inventive name, by the way ;) )
Fear is caused by a certain thought process, and that thought process comes from a particular point of view. Said point of view can be made up of several factors:
1) generalisations ("Everyone is afraid of mice, so they must have a reason");
2) learned behaviour ("My mother is afraid of mice, so so am I!");
3) past experiences ("A mouse once ran across my floor when I wasn't expecting it. It gave me a fright and I've been scared of them ever since.").
If you learn to see mice through different eyes - i.e. my eyes -, then your fear will quickly subside.
I'm sorry you failed to realise that.
A.k.a. Useless Blogger ;)
Rainbow Splash Puddle on October 06, 2017:
I think mice are cute but when they are in my house they freak me out
Shell on September 18, 2017:
So I just saved a field mouse from my cat...he was in shock under our couch. I went to set him free outside and saw he was having issues with his left front leg. I now have him in our old dwarf hamster cage with seeds and water, hoping he will be alright. I didn't have the heart to leave him injured in the wild. It's been a couple of hours and he appears to have eaten some, but freezes up if I enter the room to check on him....poor Lil guy!
Kmag357 on September 14, 2017:
Don't be afraid of mice! They are actually very friendly when they get to know you. I have a family of 5 wild mice that live in my garage and I feed them and give them water every day. I would never see them at first but now they come out at night and play right in front of me. They are trusting of me now which is quite cool. The best thing about them is there are no more random roaches or nasty scorpions or even worse whip scorpions in my garage anymore! They mice obviously run them off which is great!
guoda on August 08, 2017:
I am scared of mice and I wonder if a mouse will come to my bed when I am sleeping please help me not to be scared of them
Person on July 26, 2017:
If anyone out there is using glue traps, please know that a small amount of olive oil or vegetable oil will easily free the mouse.
If you find a mouse stuck to a sticky trap, put the trap in a large box, apply the oil the places where the mouse is stuck (usually the feet and tail) and you should see tre mouse slowly freeing itself.
Then either take the box outside and free the mouse, or put a water dish and some food inside and let the mouse relax for a while before releasing, as it is probably in shock.
The point is, if you must use glue traps, please release the mice using oil.
Carolyn on July 25, 2017:
I love mice. I love everything about them. I get extremely upset at people who think it's ok to kill them. I hate people with a passion who kill them. I wonder how that person would feel if they were the ones doing nothing wrong and some jerk just did everything they could to kill them, just because somebody thought they were annoying or just didn't like them. Killing mice is very wrong and it makes me sick. Wild mice invaded my home at the hardest point in my life, and they made me feel at peace for the first time. I literally tackled my dad for trying to spray bug spray on one. Diseases come from everything, so that doesn't frighten me. I even kept a wild mouse for 3 months before she decided she was ready to be on her own. I am the rodent queen after all. Lol. I like the sound of them scurrying around. I would do anything to save a mouse. People just need to keep things clean, wash their hands, and more stuff to prevent them from getting sick. It is not right to kill any mouse. Catch and release are the only option where traps are concerned. Poison is evil and should never be used for any reason.
Kelly Osbirn on June 15, 2017:
No. Just no. I am trapping the little mother effers as we speak with glue traps then bashing their heads in with a whiskey bottle. They spread tons of disease, including the hantavirus. Hell no. They must all die when they visit my house. I actually do think their cute, and I cry each time I bash a tiny skull. But my family's health is priority one in these situations. I HATE having to kill these tiny creatures, and we have a rodent removal team coming to get rid of all the rats in the attic. They have caused thousands of dollars worth of damage, we live in a 2 story house and rarely go upstairs so unfortunately, there were MANY that took up residence.
artmart on May 31, 2017:
please do not use sticky traps or poison It just make the suffer instead get snap traps.....or cage traps...
GalaxyRat on May 24, 2017:
Basically same reasons for rats too! Thanks for the Hub.
My brother says rats are oversized mice... so this kinda fits. ;)
Amanda on May 08, 2017:
I absolutely adore mice i saved one from my cat it bit me and now im scared ill get sick. Do people get bitten by wild mice often? I dont regret saving it just wish i hadda thought to put gloves on. I just reacted.
Emily on May 03, 2017:
I'll be completely honest with you. I want to like them. I really do. They are actually quite cute. It's their human hands that freak me out. I have no clue why. Just the thought of a fat little mouse using it's creepy little hands to craw up my bed and cuddle with me. Like a fat man on a stripper pole. I just fucking can't.
Michael K on April 15, 2017:
@Da'naiya, @Mouse Hunter: I don't know why people like you feel the need to comment if you have nothing positive, pleasant or helpful to contribute. If this hub doesn't help you with your FEAR of mice, then that's fine - just click on a different article and move on. This hub is clearly intended to help people deal with their fear of mice, not the infestation in their house. My girlfriend is scared of my pet mice - I'm going to show this to her! It opens up a great new perspective! Very helpful indeed. There aren't many articles that argue FOR mice! Thanks, Daniella!
Mouse Hunter on April 15, 2017:
I'm glad they scare and get stressed out easily. Saw one in my kitchen after hearing a lot of noise coming from behind the walls. I've poured bleach and boiling water into the mouse hole and started playing high frequency sounds on max volume. Hope this stresses out the mouse enough to leave!
Sky on April 08, 2017:
I love yall so much
Teekheigh on April 05, 2017:
Well since y'all love mice soo much how 'bout you come to my house and collect all the 150+ mice that freak me tf out
Dumb bitch on April 03, 2017:
Spiders come in a variety of colors
Ashley on March 12, 2017:
My dad used glue traps in our house. In MY bathroom there are 5 mice stuck to it. I was scared at first but then I read this article and now I feel bad because they are moving and squeaking but my mom won't let me near them
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Bill on January 20, 2017:
I totally agree with this article! (that is not sarcasm) I don't have a pet mouse yet, but am hoping to get one soon. The only problem is that my mum will not be able to be around it, cause she's afraid of them. I'm going to go ahead and show her this article and hope her phobia at least decreases so she doesn't freak out
Thanks for the article, it really helped me!
Amber on January 04, 2017:
I totally agree with this page!! I own two rats and a new little mouse and they are just amazing, they dont normally bite and the few times they have was for food or thinking I had a treat on my hand, it never broke skin though. They are really good pets to have if you want something small and nothing too high maintenance. Im really happy with my little fur balls. People should give them a shot, like this article said, they just want to live just like us, they are no different than we are.
Emma on December 26, 2016:
I really despise mice and RATS other people may love them but I wouldn't even go near one if I saw one I would run as hard as I could to get away the may be small but they just really freak me out if I saw one I would nearly start to cry
Alex on December 18, 2016:
You can't just talk someone out of a phobia. That's ableist. You can't talk me into being comfortable around dogs any more than you can talk people into being comfortable around mice. And seriously, there's nothing wrong with "kids these days" playing video games. They're intuitive and educational at times. My sister has rats and plays video games. Let's stop thinking people are so one-dimensional. Isn't that what people think of mice? Isn't the point of this article to show mice aren't what people assume? I think you should consider the way you word things.
Chris on December 15, 2016:
I would rather live in a house full of cats than live in a house with just one mouse. They creep me out I will run and scream if I see one. I put out bait traps hopefully that little creep will die soon half of the bait has been ate so we'll see in a couple of days! Mice carry disease and are nuisances!
Kelsi on October 30, 2016:
I get it a mouse can be cute. If its a pet! When I was 5 months old I was attacked by rats. Weird I know. .. but they but me all over so here I am now 26 years old and have never once had a mouse. We moved into an old farmhouse a year and a Half ago and last fall didn't have one mouse. But this year suddenly in the past week one solo mouse has gotten in my house and I saw him for the first time in my laundry room it was 7 am I jumped and screamed! We set up traps everywhere but it just got the peanut butter off without setting off the trap.... So it's a smart wild mouse. I have 3 kids and I get off work last night and I see it run from my kitchen to possibly my son's room, my room, or utility room. I'm so scared. I get what you are saying but at the end of the day I didn't ask for a roommate.... A pet mouse is way different but when you make sure to be a clean person and suddenly see a mouse and can't get rid of it it's terrifying! I don't want to hear it in the middle of the night when I get off work. I want to move.. maybe i secretly have a fear because I was attacked 25 years ago by a rodent? I just want it out no one else in my family sees this mouse but me there all asleep by the time I get home...... He ate through my 8 dollar pistachios! Cute or not as a pet hes not one because he isn't in a cage. I don't want him here I'm so fidgety now and I just want to relax in my own home
Anastasia on October 10, 2016:
one of them crawled on my pillow and sat right next to my face. i freaked out. i feel like shit now because my first response was to BUG BOMB (my logic being that is people shouldnt be there when the bombs go off, mice shouldnt either) i think the poor thing is either dead or has lung disease of some form...
kungkham on August 10, 2016:
my girlfriend just adopted a mice.
any tips on how to care for him..
Ella Fino on August 08, 2016:
A mouse took a nip of my finger while I was lying on a couch.
I wasn't doing anything to threaten it since I didn't know it was there. It didn't break the skin so I figure it was just hungry.
suzy on August 07, 2016:
I would like to agree with you on mice being scared of me. They or it is trying in every way to get near me. I'm using peppermint, white vinegar and other mixtures but they or it has invaded my computer desk while I'm working there. Last evening, I saw one peek out at me from behind a small pile of books. They've or it has run along the edge of my mattress and then hopped into the window seal to do droppings while I am in bed. I recall last summer walking out on my porch and a mouse was sitting on his hind legs and happily wagging its tail to greet me. I, of course, screamed. Then, not too long ago one was outside on the steps. I walked in its direction after conversing to someone and the mouse didn't run away. What gives? Do they know I am their human as do feed the birds, chipmunks and squirrels outside.
myfi on July 16, 2016:
we use mouse friendly humane traps the fealing when you release the mouse is so good
its just being a mouse they dont know any better
they are so cute give them a second chance
humane traps are safe and cheep