Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Let's talk about Mouse

Let's talk about mouse, No not this mouse,

Neither this mouse,

Nor this one,

This Mouse

Some facts about mouses:

1. They are known to invade homes for food and shelter.
2. Mice, in certain contexts, can be considered vermin which are a major source of crop damage, causing structural damage and spreading diseases through their parasites and feces.
3. A mouse eats 15 - 20 times a day. Therefore they usually build their homes close to food sources, tending to only travel up to 8 m from their burrows to find food.
4. Mice teeth never stop growing
5. A rat’s teeth and jaws can gnaw through substances as hard as lead sheeting and cinder block.
6. The fear of mice and rats is scientifically called “musophobia,” from the Latin word “mus,” meaning “mouse.” It is also known as “murophobia,” from the word “murine.” This word comes from “Muridae,” the scientific term for the family of animals that includes mice and rats.
7. Mice and rats can spread at least 35 diseases to humans, according to the CDC. These diseases include salmonellosis, hantavirus, and rat-bite fever.  The infections may be spread through droppings, urine, saliva, rodent bites, or through fleas or ticks that have fed on an infected rodent (like the bubonic plague!).
8. A female rat can mate as many as 500 times with various males during a six-hour period of receptivity—a state she experiences about 15 times per year. Thus a pair of brown rats can produce as many as 2,000 descendants in a year if left to breed unchecked.
9. One-fifth of the world’s produced food is never eaten by people; instead it is eaten by rats or contaminated with germ-laden rat droppings, urine, or hairs. Over a period of a year, a single rat will produce 25,000 droppings, and a pair of rats will shed one million body hairs. A certain amount is legally allowed in the foods you eat!

Enough about the facts about Rats/Mouses, they are disgusting, I am not counting the white ones with red eyes they are cute and cuddly. I am talking about Brown or Black rats/mouses which infest your mouse eating through your food, clothes, books, wires etc.

My personal experience is similar to millions I am terrified of them and they are a nuisance. Recently I caught one which was roaming in my house but rather than immediately leaving it little far from my house I kept the cage outside in sun for a couple of days and it died which is much better than killing them with your Chappal or a broom or some other method. And kill them you must. Because it's your duty. Would you prefer if someone few rows over caught a mouse and left near your lane and it came and infested your house?

No one wants to have a pesky thing running around your house, well may be your baby but they are adorable and a bundle of joy some of the time. The main reason for writing the post is because when I told the same thing to my co-workers they made tsch tsch noises saying you shouldn't kill a mouse. Really? Well you should because of all the reasons above and few more. So next time if you catch a mouse don't release it in wild alive as it will then go and trouble some other house just like you tolerated the mouse in your house for few days just forget the cage outside for couple of days and it should take care of it and obviously it will be most effective in killer summers of India.

You already kill them by crushing them, or by poisoning them, Just also kill them kindly when you catch them and don't simply transfer your issues unto others like horror movie "It Follows".

Few Articles which I have referenced for this article:

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