Top 10 Reasons Not to Be Scared of Mice!

Updated on November 12, 2017
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Diddle nibbles happily at his favourite treat on my arm at breakfast.
Diddle nibbles happily at his favourite treat on my arm at breakfast.

10 Ways to Look at Mice Differently (and Yes, They're Scared of You, Too!)

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:

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 is sure to quickly subside.

A Word About Mouse Infestations

1. They cannot and should not stay:

This hub 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.

2. Is it really 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?"

What Motivated Me to Write 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.

So, Here Are 10 Reasons Why I Believe 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

© 2009 DaniellaWood


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      Mary scerba 13 days 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 6 weeks 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 7 weeks 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 8 weeks ago


      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 2 months ago

      Best site ever

      Don't harm animals people!

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      Laurie Tompkins 2 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 2 months ago

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

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      Mike 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

      mice are gross we had too in are house

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      Tommy 4 months ago

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

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      Denrs 4 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 5 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

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      Bigzil 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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.



      A.k.a. Useless Blogger ;)

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      Rainbow Splash Puddle 6 months ago

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

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      Shell 7 months 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 7 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months ago

      I love yall so much

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      Teekheigh 12 months 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 12 months ago

      Spiders come in a variety of colors

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      Ashley 13 months 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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      Bill 15 months 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 15 months 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 15 months 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 16 months 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 16 months 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 17 months 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 18 months 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 20 months ago

      my girlfriend just adopted a mice.

      any tips on how to care for him..

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      Ella Fino 20 months 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 20 months 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 21 months 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 21 months 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 22 months 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 2 years ago

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

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      DaniellaWood 2 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,


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      Kristen faith 2 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 2 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,


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      Brandon 2 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 2 years ago

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

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      Veronica 2 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 2 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 3 years ago

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

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      DaniellaWood 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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,


      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 4 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 4 years ago

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

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      Sarah 4 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 4 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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      DaniellaWood 4 years ago from England

      Tom, thank you so much for that refreshing, heart-warming comment! It's so good to hear that someone else sees what I see. Maybe together we can spread our enjoyment of these cute little creatures to the rest of the world?! Haha, thanks again - Daniella x

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      tom 4 years ago

      My pet mouse is the cutest thing ever, next to my dog of course. She is very happy and loves to climb all over me. When I first got mice I was a little hesitant and creeped out to hold them. Now I put my hand up to her cage and she climbs out. Today I gave her a small piece of chicken and she squeaked in delight. They are severely misunderstood animals. I think the human fear stems back to the Dark Ages and the Bubonic plague. They aren't evil haha. They are just trying to live and human habitation attracts them. It's not their faults if they want somewhere to stay. Just remain calm and understand that they are more afraid of you than you are of them (though not always the case). Btw Diddle is so cute.

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      Pioyop 4 years ago

      Is peppermint oil ok to use against mices? It's 3am and I hate the sound mices make when they run across the floor. I'm now on full alert because of it, it's weird since I am not scared of mices on daytime, but whenever I hear or see one at night I go crazy with fear and even move rooms.

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      Kelly 4 years ago

      I enjoyed your article, it really highlighted the positives of owning pet fancy mice.

      I do want to point out that both rats and mice can carry diseases - just like all animals.

      But, on the flip side, if properly maintained, pet mice and rats will usually not get the diseases that their wild cousins are often exposed to.

      Just keep up good hygiene with them - cleaning their habitat often and washing your hands before and after handling them.

      That way, it can lessen the chance of either you or your mice getting sick.

      It is also a good idea to keep your pets away from wild mice, as wild mice can be dangerous to them and spread their illness to your mice.

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      thegiveramw 4 years ago


      I know that you posted this FOREVER ago it seems like, but I want to let you know I SERIOUSLY appreciate your post. I just saw a mice run into our new (new to us but 19 year old) home. I was laying on my bed and it came in under the master bedroom door. Being out in the country now, my husband says this happens when you mow the lawn but still...I was TERRIFIED, and have been making him take me all over the house.

      Your post has been very helpful. While I won't be making them into pets, I can calm down a little bit with regards to the fear.

      For those who seem to be concerned about the mouse poop...I suggest bleach. Cat poop is also dangerous, as is human poop, but you don't let that sit around, nor should you let mouse poop sit around. Bleach, rubber gloves, and some hot water go a long way. I have cleaned up mouse droppings before and never had a problem. The problem comes when you allow mouse droppings to just sit. Clean up the droppings right away.

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      Danny 4 years ago

      24 year old male here.

      I have read this article several times over the course of the past years.

      Every time was after seeing mice again.

      Honestly, the appartment I live in hasn't ever been mouse free. I have lived here for the past 17 years (I was 7 for the ppl that are slow with math) and I have seen mice almost every other day.

      Still scared. Being around them does NOT help. AT ALL. Being in the kitchen (ground zero basically) is a nightmare.

      I was in fact making dinner for me and my girlfriend but suddenly I started hearing A LOT of squeaking noices and what seemed like fighting or even rape (yes honestly). Turned off the fire pits and ran for it...

      I hate these things so effin much, it angers me I can't even be in my own kitchen to prepare food.

      These creatures from hell are resorting me to take away: AGAIN.

      I honestly dont understand how anyone can live with a mouse infestation and be OKAY with it. Unless it was maybe a single mouse. The ones we have are dozens , big fat and noisy. Theres droppings allllll over the kitchen. Basically gave up on cleaning. Its no use.

      Any advice is welcome.

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      Amber Jayde 4 years ago

      Hi Daniella!!

      I just came across your blog page today, after researching on how to get rid of mice. I just came back from vacation, and I discovered a small mouse earlier this morning, who jumped on my laundry and rustled through my belongings. My fault, I shouldn't have brought chocolate into my bed. :P Anyway, I do like mice, because I think they are cute, and I have seen one before, up-close, so the level of my fear for them is not too bad. However, when coming across one, I always freak out (but yes, I still think they're cute) and run away. I wish I were able to have a passion for them, like you do, but I just don't know how to! I really wish that I could just pick it up and keep it as a pet (my parents would never let me, as they claim that the mice carry diseases and rabies..) , but still, I can't overcome immediately running away! I apologize for the length of this post, but I trust that you'll be able to give me some good advice. It's too bad that you can't just come over to my house and show me how! Haha! :) your pet mouse is very cute, by the way.

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      DaniellaWood 4 years ago from England

      @Sophia: thank you very much for the advice, but I moved away from England to live in Bavaria for 9 months as an English teacher - did Skydiving, snowboarding, go-karting, quadbiking there - and have now moved straight to the South of France where I'm currrently working on the beach as a receptionist for a hotel I already have a pretty good life, thank you :-). Perhaps you should take your own advice, though?

      @Jen: Great to hear, Jen! In answer to your question: imagine a human stripped bare of all his luxuries. Let's say a caveman. There comes a point when, despite fear, despite danger, that human must venture out to get food or collect warm bedding for his family in order to survive. A mouse is no different to this. Perhaps he or she has a family to feed or is in search of housing resources? Desparate times call for desparate measures, after all. Either that, or s/he's just a very social mouse!

      Lovely to hear from you all, as ever. Daniella xx

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      Jen 4 years ago


      I've loved all kinds of mice since I was little. Sometimes I would play a game and pretend to be one!

      The very first one I saw as a kid was on top of the stove. He looked at me and I looked at him, then he made a dash for it. He had ears that stuck up, so I ran to my mom and told her he had the cutest ears. You could see I was never afraid of the little guys!

      Right now as I write this, there has been a grey mouse dashing about in the bedroom right in front of me. I'm awake sitting around and watching him, hoping if I'm still enough, I can catch him by the tail and put him outside. Great plan, huh? (lol)

      He hasn't made a reappearance for a bit, but why would a mouse run in front of a human several times while awake? I thought they only did that while I would be asleep?

      Could you tell me? I'm real curious!

      (wonderful article, by the way!)

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      Sophia 4 years ago

      Note to owner of the blog- GET A LIFE

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      Itisme 5 years ago

      Wow I cant believe I stayed up this late and read the article and every comment up to this point. I really have enjoyed some of the stories people have posted. The reason Im here is because at 4am this morning I was falling asleep when I heard some crawling in the opposite side of my rosm, maybe in the closet? Anyways I freaked out, Im a 20 year old guy btw, yeah its pathetic I know. So I was scared I wanted to turn on the light but it was at the opposite side of the room too so I grabbed my phone and turned on the flashlight feature lol. I also went ahead and turned on the radio in hopes that the sound might scare it. I keep a bat next to my bed so I grabbed that and sat up pointing my light and listening for it. My brother finally came home, we share a room at the moment and turned on the light. I told him to check the area which is right by his bed but didn't see or hear anything. Now Im wondering if it was just in the walls or is hiding somewhere in the closet. Anyways its like 8am now and seeing as so many people has similar situations that brought them here, id post mine as well. Daniella thanks for this post, it has really been helpful to some people and has provided me with some good reading material lol. I cant get over this fear as easy as some people but with your tips Im gonna keep trying at it!

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      Eddie 5 years ago

      Great article! I used to be terrified of mice as a kid, but have grown to like and appreciate the little critters.

      Having said that, I do wish they stay out of the ceiling and stop making noises right above my head at three in the morning! And this after I sealed every access point into the ceiling (or so I think).

      Looking forward to your new content!

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      Jacob 5 years ago

      had mice in my house and hated the things it affected my sleep i was worried incase they would come into my room at night but after reading your article it comforted me and made me realise there is nothing to be afraid of so i just wanted to say thanks!

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      DaniellaWood 5 years ago from England

      Great news! Lovely to hear! Thanks for putting a smile on my face :) Daniella xx

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      Me ! :) 5 years ago

      I was about to fall asleep when I felt something touching my blanky ! I opened my eyes immediately to find a mouse looking at me and I was like , stunned for 5 seconds . We were looking at each other until I got a mini heart attack ( like when you think you're falling but actually not ) . It jumped down and crawled under the bed . At first I was afraid of it and decided to have my papa to take care of it when he comes back home until I read your article . Imma just leave it alone to keep me company x) . Cute little thing's harmless .

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      Mobile Phone Spying 5 years ago

      Long time reader and this is my first time posting. I can’t really think of what to say other than that your blog is super ingenious and im always looking forward to your new content.

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      DaniellaWood 5 years ago from England

      Haha Tony, if only you knew... [ I couldn't be more excited to tell you that I was actually proposed to by a US army Captain two months ago so, trust me, if either one of the two of us is guaranteed to end up alone, it sure ain't me ;) ]

      Also, before you try to shoot someone's writing down again, 1) learn to use punctuation and 2) learn to spell.

      Thank you for the insightful comment :) Your girlfriend must be a very lucky lady.

      Daniella x

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      Tony 5 years ago

      I think you need a boyfriend rate lady I can almost picture you in your 80s singel with million mice running around chewing up your food and shoes get a life please until its to late!

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      DaniellaWood 5 years ago from England

      Jen, there's no such thing as a stupid question - only a stupid answer! They do look very similar but rats are basically bigger than mice - thicker tails etc. I wouldn't say either one stays outdoors or indoors more than the other. You can find them both anywhere. Just try re-reading my article and think of all the points I've made whenever you feel frightened. And most importantly, don't panic!

      Thank you for respecting my opinion, momof2. I respect yours, too. I can understand why you wouldn't like the droppings!

      Keep then comments coming, guys!

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      momof2 5 years ago

      Hey, I respect your opinion. I actually think mice are kinda cute, but seeing as my house is starting to become invaded by them I'm really starting to hate them. I can never walk into my kitchen without seeing one run away from my stove and it creeps me out. Also they poop everywhere I can't take it its so disgusting on my counters and on the floor in the cabnetts. It's making me want to move.

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      jen 5 years ago

      Hello. I know this might sound stupid but what's the difference between a rat and a mouse? I believe from what I read that a rat stays outside the house while mice live inside? I'm asking because I have seen a gray rat or mouse not sure. I can't sleep because I'm so scared. It gives me the chills just to even hear them. I imagine them climbing on top of me. Help! Please.

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      KC 5 years ago

      I awoke to a chattering sound by my ear and found a mouse looking at me from my bedside table about 4 or 5 inches from my head. I sat up and it hid. I yelled for it to go away, startled. While contemplating my actions, I watched it explore my bedroom and bathroom for a few minutes. The lights were on and it didn't seem bothered by them or me. I decided to try to trap it so I could go back to sleep so I left the room and returned with the trap. This mouse saw me and started to slowly move toward me from across the room. It came to about a foot away from me and as I was too scared to let it come closer, I snapped my finger and it jumped and turned away. It then crawled on my bed (!!!!) snuggled onto one of my black t- shirts laying on the end then continued up to my pillow (!!!!!). Ladies and gentlemen, this is a wild field mouse, and I was terrified. I shut the door and thought my husband can deal with this when he gets home. It was 3 am and he gets home at 8am. I decided to try sleeping in my daughter's room. I situated myself and after several hours of watching and listening, I fell asleep. I awoke to chattering(not a squeaking) by my ear again! It was sitting on the window sill by my pillow looking right at me even as I sat up with a start, waking up my daughter. We couldn't believe it kept coming toward me, down to my pillow then closer still. I clapped my hands to get it away and it finally jumped down to the floor and ran away. This is so crazy! Thinking maybe it was after my phone (radio frequency oddity, whatever) I took my phone downstairs. Back in her room, we got situated away from window sill and tried again to get some rest. At 8:30 am (daylight!) the mouse returned to the room, was climbing up the bed heading toward me again chattering. I yelled for my husband to come and see this strange behavior and to take care of it. He came in the room, shocked to find the mouse still moving toward me and then he took care of it. What in the world?

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      Nicole 5 years ago

      I have a little mouse in my house now. I'm the only one who's not scared of him, and I talk to him like a baby when I see him. I think this has made him love me because tonight while I was lying down watching a movie, he came up onto the couch and crawled under my chin! He frightened me and I jumped up, and then I got a bit nervous because I'm pregnant and I became concerned about diseases after being in such close contact. So of course I started doing research, and everthing aside from this site has scared the life out of me! If I weren't pregnant I would be more relaxed and might even let the little guy watch the movie with me, but as it is I'm scared to lie down again. He probably just wants a friend, what's your opinion on a pregnant lady getting friendly with a wild house mouse?

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      Melissa 5 years ago

      Thank you for your article ~ it's beautiful! I have had every desire to look at mice in this way. I have taken note that obviously need to overcome some fears because I have actually had dreams a few times, over like 10 years, that I am paralyzed and a mouse is on me, lol!

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      DaniellaWood 5 years ago from England

      Kasey, I'm really glad I helped in some way; that's all I aim to do. You can buy humane mouse traps which simply shut the trap door behind the mouse and then you can release them into the wild. Have a look for some on the internet. That way everyone's happy - you're rid of the mouse and the mouse is still able to enjoy life!

      Ryan, it seems to me that you have either completely ignored or completely misunderstood the message of my article. See, the title of this hub is not 'Top 10 Reasons Why to Keep a Mouse Infestation in your Home,' but 'Top 10 Reasons Why NOT to be Scared of Mice!'. I have not for one second argued that you should leave a mouse infestation in your home. By all means, get rid of it. But I am arguing here that you do not need to PANIC or feel AFRAID when seeing a mouse in your home, nor do you need to KILL them to get rid of them. This hub is not specific to pet mice, which is why I haven't specified that. I hope this clears a few things up for you. Amittedly, the title was a bit of a giveaway, though...


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      Ryan 5 years ago

      Hopefully no one will take your article seriously and not bother dealing with a mouse problem or infestation. Being cautious and smart isn't the same as being afraid. You don't have to be afraid of these things and you shouldn't be. However, you should try to get rid of them and prevent them from coming back if you see a wild one in your house. I don't think "just smile and move on" is the greatest advice, particularly if you have an infestation.

      I suppose if you want to be bias with your opinion because you owned them as pets, that's fine. However, you can't allow your bias to make you twist or deny facts. And the fact is, mice can spread salmonella, meningitis, and hannavirus. And even if you claim that your article is about pet mice (which you don't exclusively say it is), pet mice can spread these diseases also.

      Having said that, I'm sure they'd work great as a pet and I don't really disagree with most of your article (just a few key points that are incorrect). I used to own a hedgehog. Very cute, just like mice. However, as for the wild ones, which are probably exposed to the outside dirty environment, no thanks. If your article is solely about pet mice, then great and I apologize. Again though, it doesn't clearly state that or seem to be. I got one in my apartment now. Hopefully I won't have to kill it. If that becomes the only option though, then I gotta do what I gotta do.

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      Kasey 5 years ago

      I just wanted to say that even though there is a mouse in my room right now reading this has sort of calemed me down and has allowed me to not completely freak out, even though I believe that the mouse and I scared each other. Do you have any ideas on how to get this little guy out?