8 Mouse Myths

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Popular culture has formed the image that mice are sneaky, clever rodents that love to eat cheese and trick house cats. Cartoons have also given the impression that mice lounge in tiny mouse-sized arm chairs and watch t.v., but how much of these mouse myths are true? Below are eight mouse myths separated into fact or fiction.


  • Mice love to eat cheese. Fiction. Mice are foragers, therefore they will eat anything they can get their hands on. They will eat cheese, but they enjoy a variety of foods. Keeping food out and not cleaning up spills give mice the opportunity to have an all-you-can-eat buffet.
  • Bats are flying mice. Fiction. Bats and mice are both mammals, but belong to two different categories.
  • Mice have hollow bones. Fiction. Mice can squeeze through tiny spaces, but that does not mean they have hollow bones. Mice are vertebrate mammals with musculoskeletal systems, but they do not have a collarbone. Because of this, mice are able to make their way through any small space.
  • Mice are docile. Fact and fiction. Mice can be aggressive when it comes to mating and territory; they sometimes turn their aggression on humans. Usually, mice avoid contact with humans and run away, but if it feels trapped, it will defend itself.
  • Mice are nocturnal. Fact. Mice prefer to look for food at night, but that doesn’t mean they won’t come out during the day. If a mouse is seen during the day, it is an indication that there could be an infestation.
  • Mice live in dirty homes. Fact and fiction. Mice want to have a reliable food source. Sometimes, a dirty home is a more reliable source of food compared to a clean one. However, this doesn’t mean a mouse won’t move into a clean home.
  • Mice live alone. Fiction. Outdoor mice and house mice tend to live in groups. Mice breed frequently and have litters up to ten times a year. If there is one mouse in your home, chances are there are more.
  • A cat can prevent mice. Fiction. Cats are natural hunters, therefore they will catch mice if they find them. Mice are not scared away if a cat is present within the home. If there is one mouse within your home, there is a good chance there are more hiding close by. A cat cannot control a number of mice.



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