Reasons Why Mice BiteTwo different types of mice are commonly found in homes: field mice and house mice. It’s important to know the difference between these two types, because they tend to act differently around people. Field mice typically have white feet and brown bodies. Their tails are short, but they are bigger than house mice, typically growing to be approximately 7 inches long. House mice have longer tails and come in many different colors, including black, grey and brown. They are smaller than field mice, typically growing to be about 5 inches long. Field mice rarely bite people. More often than not, they avoid people and are fearful of coming into contact with humans. Occasionally, field mice bite humans for very specific reasons:
- The mouse feels cornered and has no place to escape.
- The mouse feels threatened because you attempt to touch or move it.
- The mouse is sick or otherwise disoriented.
Risk Factors of BitesAlthough mice rarely attack humans, it’s important to know what to do if you do find yourself in that situation. The most serious risk factor associated with being bitten by a mouse is getting an infection. People with suppressed immune systems, like elderly people or those with underlying medical conditions, are at a greater risk of complications. If you are bitten by a mouse, the following symptoms may indicate you are developing an infection if:
- The pain increases over time.
- You develop a fever.
- The wound develops red streaks.
- The swelling around the wound worsens.
- You develop pain in your lymph nodes.