Breeding Like Rabbits? Um, No
January 5, 2015
I'm sure at some point you've heard the phrase, "breeding like rabbits." But have you heard the phrase, "breeding like mice?" Okay. I made it up. But, seriously. It should be a phrase. Do you know that mice have a gestation period of only twenty days? Rabbits have a gestation period of about thirty days. Those lovable little mice can have three to fourteen young, while the rabbit is said to have one to fourteen young. We can probably give that one to both. But with the mice being ⅓ faster at popping out kids, they put those rabbits to shame!
Let's look at another statistic. It takes a rabbit at least six months before it begins to mate with other rabbits. In the wild, mice can begin breeding at a startling four weeks of age. Who's the better breeder now? I'll give you a hint: it isn't the rabbit.
So, why do I tell you this? It isn't to start a petition to change the age-old saying, "breeding like rabbits," to "breeding like mice," even though it would be appropriate. My reason for bringing this up is because most people don't understand how quickly mice can multiply in their walls. If you've seen evidence of mice, or flick on a light to find one scurrying along the wall, this is not something you should ignore. First of all, if you see a mouse, there is a good chance you have dozens in your walls. Mice have an acute sense of hearing. You don't sneak up on a mouse. They know you're coming before you do. But when populations grow beyond the available food sources, mice take more risks.
What is the big deal about having mice in my walls?
Take a moment to read the many pages of data the CDC has posted about rodents and disease. Worldwide, rats and mice are connected to the spread of over thirty-five diseases. Besides this, their foraging activity brings them in contact with filth and bacteria which they are more than happy to bring into your food cabinets and silverware drawers. Mice also have the potential to carry parasites like ticks, fleas, lice, mites, and more. Have you ever wondered where lice come from? They don't just spontaneously appear in the hair of dirty people. Lice leave nits in the hair of wild animals. If those animals are foraging around your house, you could be getting eggs on your furniture, rugs, clothing, blankets, and more.
Get those mice out quick.
Laying traps won't protect your family from mice or the bugs that live on those mice. Get your home sealed and protected. Partner with a pest management company and learn how to keep mice out of your home before you have them swinging from the rafters. These aren't the dark ages. You don't have to live with a mice infestation. Ever. Have them safely removed before they can start breeding like mice.