Mice have lived among humans since we moved from the sea into caves. Mice are responsible for picking up the tiny bits of refuse many people leave behind. Has anyone ever referred to you as a "mouse" (meaning you are sneaky ) or called you "mousy" ( meaning you are less than desirable and unattractive ) Are you familiar with the saying: "You dirty rat"? ( made popular by Edward G Robinson.
Did you know they are little gymnasts?
Mice are good jumpers, climbers and swimmers. In fact, mice can jump a foot into the air, allowing them to easily climb up onto kitchen counters or into pantries to access food. To prevent mice and other pests from getting into your food, store all pantry items items in hard, plastic containers with a tightly sealed lid.
... And little Houdinis!
Mice can squeeze through openings as small as the size of a dime. This means that a small crack or opening on the exterior of your home (such as where utility pipes enter) is like an open door for mice. Prevent mice from gaining access to your home by sealing any openings on the exterior with a silicone caulk. You can also fill gaps and holes inside your home with steel wool.
The next time someone calls you a mouse, smile mice have helped save the lives of millions of people by giving their lives to science.