They eat books, for one thing.
I hadn't thought of that.
We caught one on a bookshelf once. It was hiding behind the books but hadn't done any damage.
When I was in grad school we had mice--and I still have some of the mouse-chewed Japanese books.
One the mice also crawled up my nightgown. So I think my reasons for hating mice are pretty well founded!
Obviously you've had some bad experiences.
My experience of mice has, on the other hand, been entirely pleasant and amusing.
I think they're cute. And Younger Daughter's nickname is "Mouse."
Now I think of it, I had a friend in primary school (first grade?)whose nickname was "Mouse".
That's nasty. So far as I'm aware we don't have that problem in Britain.
Yes, they are cute but they do carry diseases and to find their droppings in the food cupboards is not particularly amusing or appetizing. As long as they stay outside they´re fine with me but inside? Not in my bookshelves, please. They shred the paper for nests!
My icon is a hamster, not a mouse but it´s the closest I´ve got to a small rodent at the moment.
I had a hamster once. Her name was Sheba. And lots of gerbils. I guess I'm a sucker for small furry things.
And now I've upgraded to rabbits.
I´ve had hamsters, gerbils, mice, guinea pigs and rabbits as pets. I actually like rodents quite a lot.
I had three little pet mice (live) years ago. They were adorable. One was black, one white, and one tan.
However, I really wouldn't want wild mice near my food or in my clothing either. They would not cause me to move away though! I do hate those trap things... they seem incredibly cruel.
The most effective mouse repellent is a cat. We've told Rene this- and that we'd look after it when she goes away. I don't know why she's hesitating.
That would be ANY cat but our Rudi. He doesn't repel anything! *hee*
When we moved into this house, there was a family of mice living in the stove base. Which would have been ok with us, except for the smell every time we warmed it up- heated mouse urine! (And for the possibility of roasted mouse if one accidentally happened to get trapped in the heated chamber- no!!!)They'd steal Twayn's cotton balls and pee on them and make nests out of them. Such a big smell from such a small creature!
We ended up pulling it away from the wall a bit and allowed the cats to "encourage" them to move. The cats only got a couple of the young ones, the other two moved on. They haven't multiplied to the point of being a nuisance at all, and we occasionally catch sight of one in the yard or in the basement.
There are loads of little nooks and crannies, and little tunnel nests among the rocks in the front garden, and plenty of places in the basement (where the cats aren't allowed most of the time) for them to be.
We like our little furry housemates.
Our mice haven't been any problem. They show up once in a while and that's it. Sometimes we hear them scrabbling about in the walls.
Like you I enjoy having wildlife around.
Oh, and I really enjoyed the last couple of poems you posted. they are really quite good :)
i love mice too and am also totally baffled at why people hate them. i had a number of mice as pets a while back. one was very ill and i put him in a jar and held him up to my car's muffler. I thought he'd peacefully doze off into eternity but i'm pretty sure he just asphyxiated. poor mouse!
Poor little thing.
My pet mouse died suddenly of a heart attack while playing on his wheel.