Top 10 Reasons Not to Be Scared of Mice!

Updated on June 2, 2019
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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.

Diddle nibbles happily at his favourite treat on my arm at breakfast.
Diddle nibbles happily at his favourite treat on my arm at breakfast.

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, 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!

Me and Lady pose for the camera at Christmas 2006.
Me and Lady pose for the camera at Christmas 2006.

10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be Scared of Mice

You say they're vermin. I say they're a credit to nature.
You say they're vermin. I say they're a credit to nature. | Source

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.

You say they bite. I say mice will only bit to defend themselves.
You say they bite. I say mice will only bit to defend themselves. | Source

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.

You say you feel like they're out to get you. I say we're the ones out to get them.
You say you feel like they're out to get you. I say we're the ones out to get them. | Source

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.

You say you can't have a real connection with mice like you can with dogs. I say if this is true, I have been very lucky to have had 17 mice who have all proven this statement wrong.
You say you can't have a real connection with mice like you can with dogs. I say if this is true, I have been very lucky to have had 17 mice who have all proven this statement wrong. | Source

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 that there is more to having a pet mouse than just cleaning out dirty sawdust every day!

You say mice aren't a proper pet. I say mice make brilliant pets!
You say mice aren't a proper pet. I say mice make brilliant pets! | Source

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.

You say they're ugly! I say they're beautiful!
You say they're ugly! I say they're beautiful! | Source

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!'

You say I just hate the things! I say I just love the things.
You say I just hate the things! I say I just love the things. | Source

7. They Have Sweet Faces

When you've been given strict instructions by Mum not to feed the dog those extra tid-bits 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.

You say you hate the noises they make. I say the assumption that mice squeak all the time is overblown.
You say you hate the noises they make. I say the assumption that mice squeak all the time is overblown. | Source

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 it 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 dog's paws trotting happily down the hallway.

You say their tails freak me out! I say the tail is one of the most fascinating features of the mouse.
You say their tails freak me out! I say the tail is one of the most fascinating features of the mouse. | Source

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!

You say it's the way they move. I say if I ever learn to move with half as much agility and speed as a mouse, I will be an unstoppable kickboxer!
You say it's the way they move. I say if I ever learn to move with half as much agility and speed as a mouse, I will be an unstoppable kickboxer! | Source

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

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      Shareece 

      5 weeks ago

      I just saw mice poop in my bathroom and I'm so scared I can't even sleep right now

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      CHRISTINE 

      7 weeks ago

      I had field mouse in house he's out but I'm still nervous how do I get over it I keep clean apartment

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      Murophobia Continues 

      2 months ago

      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.

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      Kalynn Fleming 

      2 months ago

      Hi I was once terrified of mice but I can sleep now that I’ve read this

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      I’m scared 

      4 months ago

      It didn’t work help!!! Im standing on a table writing this ahhh help

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      Hi 

      4 months ago

      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.

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      Kelly Jordan 

      6 months ago

      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.

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      Charlie 

      6 months ago

      I’m scared it’s going to eat me in my sleep

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      Tricia 

      7 months ago

      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.

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      Nhu Lam 

      7 months ago

      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.

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      Rita Edwards 

      8 months ago

      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.

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      Erin 

      8 months ago

      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.

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      Kate 

      9 months ago

      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.

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      Sad mouse 

      9 months ago

      People are too mean to mice

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      NotIntoCoHabitation 

      9 months ago

      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!

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      Pascual 

      9 months ago

      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.

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      Mouse 

      9 months ago

      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

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      Mizelover 

      9 months ago

      People are cruel

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      Cassandra 

      11 months ago

      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!!!

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      Devin Plourde 

      11 months ago

      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.

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      IHaveRabies 

      12 months ago

      I’m scared of the diseases they carry. I’m not trying to get rabies.

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      You're right! 

      13 months ago

      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.

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      Iaptaus 

      13 months ago

      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

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      Naynaytoe83 

      14 months ago

      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

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      lara.sikora2@gmail.com 

      15 months ago

      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..

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      FrostnNY 

      18 months ago

      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!!

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      Elisa 

      18 months ago

      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. :)

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      Mary scerba 

      19 months ago

      It scares me because my dog acts like she is bitten by a mouse she is scared to get on the floor anymore why

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      Bruce Garthe 

      20 months ago

      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!

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      Hi 

      20 months ago

      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.

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      Bob 

      21 months ago

      Daniella,

      I don't know what the hell kind of unit you run here, but this nonsense has got to stop.

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      Grace Kallaghan 

      21 months ago

      Best site ever

      Don't harm animals people!

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      Laurie Tompkins 

      21 months ago

      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

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      Dallas 

      21 months ago

      Im just down right terrified by them its everything about them and i mean wild mice

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      Mike 

      22 months ago

      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.

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      Piper 

      22 months ago

      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.

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      keek 

      22 months ago

      mice are cute in the wilderness where they belong. in my house they are suddenly scary devil ninja's.

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      abbey 

      23 months ago

      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

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      kristi 

      23 months ago

      mice are gross we had too in are house

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      Tommy 

      23 months ago

      They are disgusting vile and creepy. They need to duck off back to where they came from

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      Denrs 

      23 months ago

      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?

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      Albert LJ 

      24 months ago

      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.

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      Bill nine 

      2 years ago

      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

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      Ann fink 

      2 years ago

      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.

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      Star Holdway 

      2 years ago

      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 :')

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      Catherine 

      2 years ago

      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.

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      Marie 

      2 years ago

      Thank you so much....you have help lift my mice terror...my apt has been infested...I thought they were dangerous.

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      Bigzil 

      2 years ago

      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.

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      Ellie 

      2 years ago

      Help me please I’m deathly afraid of mice and if I hear or see one I freak out

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      DaniellaWood 

      2 years ago from England

      @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.

      Best,

      Daniella

      A.k.a. Useless Blogger ;)

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      Rainbow Splash Puddle 

      2 years ago

      I think mice are cute but when they are in my house they freak me out

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      Shell 

      2 years ago

      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!

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      Kmag357 

      2 years ago

      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!

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      guoda 

      2 years ago

      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

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      Person 

      2 years ago

      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.

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      Carolyn 

      2 years ago

      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.

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      Kelly Osbirn 

      2 years ago

      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.

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      artmart 

      2 years ago

      please do not use sticky traps or poison It just make the suffer instead get snap traps.....or cage traps...

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      GalaxyRat 

      2 years ago

      Basically same reasons for rats too! Thanks for the Hub.

      My brother says rats are oversized mice... so this kinda fits. ;)

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      Amanda 

      2 years ago

      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.

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      Emily 

      2 years ago

      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.

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      Michael K 

      2 years ago

      @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!

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      Mouse Hunter 

      2 years ago

      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!

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      Sky 

      2 years ago

      I love yall so much

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      Teekheigh 

      2 years ago

      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

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      Dumb bitch 

      2 years ago

      Spiders come in a variety of colors

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      Ashley 

      2 years ago

      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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      olivia 

      2 years ago

      cool

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      Bill 

      2 years ago

      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!

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      Amber 

      2 years ago

      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.

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      Emma 

      2 years ago

      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

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      Alex 

      2 years ago

      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.

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      Chris 

      2 years ago

      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!

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      Kelsi 

      3 years ago

      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

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      Anastasia 

      3 years ago

      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...

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      kungkham 

      3 years ago

      my girlfriend just adopted a mice.

      any tips on how to care for him..

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      Ella Fino 

      3 years ago

      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.

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      suzy 

      3 years ago

      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.

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      myfi 

      3 years ago

      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

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      Ellafino 

      3 years ago

      The fact that they can jump 18 inches which is shorter than the distance of my bed to the ground is nightmarish.

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      Rhiannon 

      3 years ago

      I normally love all animals and certaib types of mice I can deal with but when they come in to my room at 2am unexpextedly and rustle a lot and occassiobally squeak, it scares the living hell out of me and I run and lock myself in the bathroom. I don't even know how it got to my room- I assume they can climb and it came in through the window- but even after readibg your post I'm still quite scared about it and I don't want to go back to my room and after reading sone comments about them getting into bed with you I'm a little freaked out. Pet mice that are kept in cages I can deal with if they're not too noisy but the mouse or mice in my room have me hiding

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      Mary Padron 

      3 years ago

      Very touching and thought-provoking story. Thanks for sharing.

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      DaniellaWood 

      3 years ago from England

      Hi Kirsten,

      Thanks for sharing your lovely story with us! It sounds like you are doing just fine! The babies must be fully grown by now, so I hope it all worked out with sexing them and that the runt is okay! Hopefully your mum will come to see how cute they are as opposed to thinking that they are 'vermin'. :)

      Best of luck for your future breeding experiences!

      All my best,

      Daniella

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      Kristen faith 

      4 years ago

      I used to think rats were weird creatures but I've always found them fascinating. And even though my mom is terrified I finally have four new baby mice. My friends stepfather found them in his chicken coop and the chickens had killed two of the babies and scared the mom off. He snatched them up and brought them to me because I've hand raised a lot of animals but never mice. But I think I'm doing pretty well, they are about 4-6 days old and I've had them since last night and all four have made it to now, I have been having some trouble with the runt not wanting to eat but I'm thinking it's because she's not used to the milk replacer. Wish me luck!!

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      DaniellaWood 

      4 years ago from England

      Hi Brandon,

      Thank you for sharing your story with me! I am so glad that you have seen the true intention of my Hub, which is to help people not to go blind with panic if they find wild ones in their home (I am by no means promoting keeping them there!).

      Peppermint oil is a good natural alternative to getting rid of mice, but it is, unfortunately, not the most effective. I don't know where you are from so I don't know if you will have heard of Fresh Cab. It has been officially proven to get rid of mice and seems to be a more effective method than peppermint oil!

      Hope this helps and remember: stay calm! :)

      My best,

      Daniella

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      Brandon 

      4 years ago

      When i was young, i was only slightly intrigued by mice. My mother is deathly afraid of them.

      Anyway, i wasnt afraid of them and it made me a little sad to change the traps my parents set.

      However when i was 15, i had one climb on me in a car on my way to school.

      For that and witnessing my mom's horror with them, I have since been freaked out by them.

      Thanks for this forum though, im wanting to, and am imagining, that i can relax at future encounters.

      I like the idea of live and let live, so that is the ultimate goal.

      I know this is about facing the fear which i hope to do peaceably if i have to and am now quite sure i can.

      But, being your the expert here; is pepperment oil a harmless and effective way to communicate that i don't want them in my home? That would be more desirable than trapping alive or any other way.

      Thanks, Danielle.

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      Taylor Kerekes 

      4 years ago

      And would you believe that Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse's creator, was ironically afraid of mice?

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      Veronica 

      4 years ago

      I have 8 mice of my own and i really adore them!!i like that you tried to make people believe that mice are amazing creatures. I respect that very much!

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      Abby 

      4 years ago

      I've been afraid of mice (and all rodents) for most of my life. I googled "reasons to not be afraid of mice" this morning because my daughter, 6yo, is horrified that I might catch a mouse in a kill trap when it's just wandering around looking for food and warmth! (She'd like to name and befriend the mouse in my kitchen that freaks me out.)

      So. I appreciate you sharing your perspective. Out of deference to my daughter's heart, I will find a kinder way to trap the mouse, and we'll release him in a park. ❤️

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      Jody 

      5 years ago

      I agree with you mice are the best. I have three!

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      DaniellaWood 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi there, Anna, and thank you for your comment.

      First of all, - and I would like everyone to read what I am about to say before I receive further comments - this hub is called 'Top 10 Reasons Why Not to be Scared of mice.' That means: why not to throw your hands in the air, double your heart rate, sweat, scream and destroy everything in your house through blind panic in an attempt to get rid of them.

      Please note, this hub is NOT called 'Top 10 Reasons Why to Leave the Wild Mice in Your House and Let them Chew Through Your Wires.' I am sorry for any confusion that may come across in my hub. That was not the intention of my writing. I am simply trying to help people who have panic attacks when they see this particular animal - which I consider to be cute - so that they can deal with the task in hand rationally. Looking at mice in a different light other than the nasty one they are always portrayed in might help with this, I thought.

      I am very sorry to hear that your house has a mouse infestation and I hope you can sort it out soon. Please, though, try not to panic. They're not going to kill you!

      All the best,

      Daniella x

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      Anna 

      5 years ago

      I am sitting in my dining room, broom in hand, staring into my kitchen cabinets. I am terrified and all the comments (and I read them all) about mice jumping into beds to cuddle have made my fear worse.

      So far, I have not seen a mouse. Only what appears to be mouse (and I'm hoping mouse because the alternative would cause me to leave the house, screaming) droppings. I can also hear noises. A lot of noises coming from inside my kitchen cabinets. Glass, metal, scratching... I am hoping that mice are this rowdy and it is not rats. The droppings were dark, small...a bit bigger than a grain of rice.

      The first sign of it came today when I went to get my dog's food and the bag had been all chewed up. Well, one small part right where it zips up. It was then that I saw the dropping on the kitchen floor. I probably swept it off the bottom shelf with the bag.

      I am so paranoid. Can't sleep. Afraid there are more. I know there are more.

      When I was about 12 I found one in bed with me. I had no clue they could climb. I guess I had blocked out the memory because I came online to research if they can climb. Ugh. My main fear is that one will have rabies.

      BTW, I love pet mice. They are super cute and adorable. It is just the whole disease thing from wild mice that I have a phobia about.

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      DaniellaWood 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Kalyne - brilliant news! Everyone loves a heroic tale, especially one that involves saving mice; heroes saving humans is soo last month, haha! Keep up the good work, Mouse Hero, and continue your good deeds!!

      Daniella (fellow Mouse Heroine) x

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      Kalyne 

      5 years ago

      Hello my name is kalyne !!! I have a pet mouse that I save from my brothers snakes dinner!but he had 2 ! this one really gave me a look I had to keep it his name is dusty and hes a hopper mosse hes white with bown spots and very lovable!

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      DaniellaWood 

      5 years ago from England

      Bipolarbear (although I'm highly doubting that that's your real name!), it's so great to hear from someone who not only cares as much about these little creatures as I do and is willing to defend them as I am trying to do in this hub, but also that someone has taken the time to share their personal stories and feelings with all of us - thank you for that!

      I agree with what you said about taming them; all animals are capable of it if you just give them the attention they need with the appropriate behaviour (ie. be calm and try not to panic them. Then they won't bite). That 'Lion Whisperer' in South Africa springs to mind. He cuddles lions in the wild because he knows how to deal with them. Enough said.

      Wearing gloves and cleaning up after them is also the best way to prevent the spreading of diseases - you're right.

      Thanks again for your comment(s)!

      Daniella x

      P.S. Totally getting more mice when I move house in a couple of months - yay!

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      bipolarbear 

      5 years ago

      Daniella, great article, even though its been four years your previous comments lead me to believe you'll see this lol. You've responded tactfully to even the rudest of commenters that, to me at least, is an accomplishment worthy of praise. However, my propose of this post is for the possibility of helping a select group of people,the people who also have that special wild mouse relationship. A little history on myself first though. Male 24 and growing up there was nothing, under the right circumstances, that was considered too wild to be a pet and friend. my entire family treating animals in a way in which animals trust us. My uncle's and father had raccoons,skunks, deer, opossums and even an otter in there throw entire lives. Were nuttier than squirrel turds but we all love animals,and we rescue them to either keep as friends or release back into the wild. So I've been around animals my entire life caring for them or just enjoying the companionship we provide one another. In the past I've had fancy rats I prefer then to mice for their longer life spans and higher predisposition to intelligence than your average fancy mouse. But I also had an Egyptian spiny mouse she lived a few years but eventually passed as they all must. I didn't get as attached to her however she wasn't as affectionate to me as my rats before were so we didn't bond on the same level I suppose. however,

      AND FINALLY

      my point:

      A few months ago i notice a small mode I in the house usually I just capture them and release them but this one is special. He is either a deer mouse or a white-footed mouse, and either

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      Sam 

      5 years ago

      Excellent Article Daniella! The stray but cute little mouse in my house brought me to this site and now I want to make it my pet!

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      Isaac 

      5 years ago

      One mouse is right behind my bedroom door and right now I'm freaking out :(

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      Sarah 

      6 years ago

      I think there's a difference between taking mice for pets deliberately and having the street mice coming into your home bringing all kinds of cr** with them. They are cute, but I still don't like them. If I didn't invite them, I don't want them!

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      Windsor Fall 

      6 years ago

      I joined HubPages just so I can share my experiences. Three weeks ago, around 3am while in bed, I hear scratching and ruffling noises coming from my bedroom closet. I immediately knew... I just knew, it had found FREEDOM!

      I got out of bed and turned on the lights in the living room to chill out. Like many people, I was scared of the thing and wide awake. Not longer after, I see this black thing run across my living room floor and into the pocket door between my kitchen and living room. I freaked out... I thought Satan found out where I lived and he was planning his attack through the use of a mouse!!!

      Bare with me here, it gets better...

      The next couple of days I sent out for a trap. One that kills (like a mouse trap), but it's one of those where you don't have so see it. I put some grains for bait in one and cheese from a pizza I had in the fridge for the other trap. In a total of two traps I placed them strategically around my kitchen. Since I didn't want to hear the things snap, I went to shower. I came out of the shower and noticed they haven't been triggered. Over the next few days I kept seeing the little bugger but he never seemed to go into the trap. I thought "crafty little motha' f$#@#r".

      I went to buy peanut butter because, after numerous research on killing mice, I read this was the best bait to use. A few more days pass and still nothing. I called a pest control company and they placed a no-see trap under my fridge and in my closet. Nothing. At this point I figured I might as well name the thing, so I called him Alonzo. After some religious cleaning around the house and looking for holes (never found any), Alonzo kept showing up and running across the room. Forget running along the base board, he would run square through the room! I slept with my light on (and some nights I never slept). Finally, the sleepless nights and many hair follicles painted a nice off-white, I came to terms with myself. I loved the thing and hated the thing with a passion.

      Don't stop reading yet, I'm not dissing your post.

      My attempts at catching:

      1. No-See Traps = FAIL

      2. Old bucket trick. I took a bucket filled with water, dish soap and anti-freeze. Placed a toilet paper tube on the counter with bait on the end. Hoping that he will go through the tube and fall into the bucket to his death, he would approach the tube, spin it around, take the bait and scurry away. = FAIL

      3. Packing tape. I saw him run under the refrigerator. I placed packing tape (sticky side up) in strips along the floor, careful not to leave any space between the strips. (My hopes were to slow him down enough so I can catch him and throw him in the dumpster.) Well, he found the TINIEST space between the tape and hopped on one foot here, then one there, then jumped over the last strip. Then scurried away. = FAIL

      He would make his home underneath my couch, have a ball playing with a marble he found in the lower kitchen cabinet, and make me jump when he ran across the floor. Alonzo's fun and my fear made for a very comical household.

      Finally, I bought the snap traps (completely freaked out so I didn't set one for a day). I figured I would place a few out and then leave for work. Then have my neighbor come and remove the body if it was caught. I had serious doubts that Alonzo would even fall for it. While at the store purchasing the snap traps, my hand kept hovering over the poison but I didn't want him to die and to dismantle my pocket door to retrieve the dead, smelling body - because that's his favorite place.

      Keep following me here...

      Finally, it has comes to the point where Alonzo watches TV with me. Just recently for Halloween we were watching a horror movie. Every time I had to look away from the gruesome parts, I stared at him and he would turn and look at me. (He was happily sitting under my coffee table for a good couple hours). We would both share intimate, terrified moments together until we had the courage to look back at the TV again.

      This morning we both nearly had a heart attack. I reached for the coffee back on top of the fridge and I lost my grip. It came crashing down on some plates I was drying off and it was like a domino effect. Plate after plate hit the tile floor. Alonzo, thinking I was trying to crush him with a plate, ran away. Careful not to step on him in my own freak out, I tripped and fell to the floor. Alonzo ran out of the kitchen, banged his head on the coffee table leg, then scurried off into the second bedroom, hitting the door frame on the way in. A few hours later he emerged with no hair out of place or scratch.

      We have an unspoken rule.

      As long as I keep the marble in the kitchen cabinet, he doesn't bother me when I'm sleeping. When I tell him to go to bed, he runs under the couch and I don't see him for hours. If I see ONE food package with a hole in it, he knows I'll cut off access to his water dish. He knows not to have friends over, or I'll stop giving him my pizza crust ( a delicacy we later found out that he likes).

      However, lately, he has gotten slower. He moves slower. Seems unaffected by scary things. I know he is comfortable with me, but my gut feeling is telling me he is sick. He is not as brown as he used to be when he was happy. I don't see him quite often anymore. In rare moments, I get a feeling of aggressive rage that he found someone else (I added that for a little drama), but in reality there are times I wonder if he found a place and is preparing to move out. I stand there in the kitchen under the faint glow of my stove light wondering if he is sick, dying, pregnant or preparing to leave me while clutching with both hands a rental application for residency...

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