There is a social image of mice that seems ingrained in our DNA of a woman perched on the edge of a chair, shrieking, as a tiny little mouse scurries past. The terror induced in many upon seeing this little creature in their home is incongruent to the immense size difference between human and mouse.
Mice are not venomous or aggressive, though they can transmit diseases through their bites and waste. If you have mice living in your home, it is best to contact professionals in humane wildlife removal in Madison to take care of the issue. In spite of the relatively unsubstantiated fear of mice, many people do not know much about this rodent.
Things That Go Squeak in the Night
Homeowners are often unaware of the presence of mice in their homes until they either see one dashing for safety when they turn on the kitchen light to retrieve a midnight snack, or they happen to hear their nighttime activities. Mice are nocturnal animals, sleeping during the day and doing the rest of their living at night. Most frequently, however, it is the damage mice do, or the droppings they leave behind, that provide the clues to a secret colony of the critters in the house.
There are over 1,000 species of mice. They inhabit every continent and country on the planet. While there are numerous areas, such as the Arctic, Antarctic and New Zealand that are not natural environments for mice, human activity brought them into these areas. The industrious nature of mice allows them to survive even in the coldest locations, as long as there is a human presence.
The Highs and Lows of Life in a Mouse Society
Different species have specific preferences for where they live. When we think of mice, we often only imagine the common house mouse, a species that is adapted to co-exist with people. They are the ones tthat set up camp around human structures, often living outside in the warmer months and inside in the colder months. When indoors, they create their nests in the wall voids, attics, basements, crawl spaces and storage areas and in close proximity to food and water.
Out in the wild, most species of mice build their shelters in burrows underground. There are a few that prefer the high places. They construct their nests up in the trees or utilize the protection of hollows in the trunk. These rodents can be found in just about every type of environment, from prairies and fields to deserts and forests. Typically, they prefer the solo life and are very territorial. When they are in human structures, however, they tend to be more cooperative, living in larger groups.
Athletic Prowess and Other Facts That Fascinate
Mice are physically quite adept. They can jump up to 18 inches off the ground. Given their small size — no larger than 7 inches — that is an impressive feat! That’s like a six-foot tall basketball player jumping more than 15 feet into the air. They are also more limber than an Olympic gymnast and can fit through holes the size of a dime, making it difficult to detect all the places they may enter your home. They are also skilled at swimming and scaling vertical surfaces.
These furry creatures are wild at heart, but they also make great pets. Speaking of hearts, theirs beats up to 632 beats per minute, compared to our heart rate of 60-100 beats per minute. Mice also have built-in thermometers, using their whiskers to detect temperature changes on the surface. They also use them to determine when the terrain beneath them alters.
Skedaddle Wildlife Control knows what mice are capable of, and we have the tools to humanely remove mice from your home. If you suspect you have mice in your house and need the services of wildlife removal in Madison, give us a call. We’re here to help.