What You Need to Know About Mice Have you ever opened your cupboard and discovered a box of crackers or cereal that has been chewed open? The culprits were likely mice. Most people recognize these small furry creatures. They commonly take up residence in people's homes, although they can also live outside in fields or the woods. Though they are often thought of as pests, they have become popular as pets in recent years. They may look as cute as their domesticated counterparts, but wild ones should be approached with caution. They can spread diseases such as hantavirus through their feces or parasites that they carry. Furthermore, they may chew through wires and cause electrical problems. Farmers have also experienced crop damage as a result of infestations of these creatures. Despite the damages caused by their infestations, these small mammals do have useful purposes. As aforementioned, many people choose to keep them as pets. Unlike dogs or cats, they are relatively low maintenance. Their food is inexpensive and you can use almost anything for their bedding (sawdust, newspaper, old cloth, etc.) Toys can be as simple and cheap as empty toilet paper rolls. Like any other pet, each will have its own personality; some will be friendlier than others, while some may bite or scratch. However, they can be very entertaining to watch, especially if you buy them a running wheel or other such stimulants. In addition to making good pets for some people, they are a valuable member of the food chain. In the wild, many species rely on them for sustenance. These include wolves, snakes, and birds of prey, among others. In some parts of the world, they are even eaten by humans. Lastly, they are known for their keen sense of smell. Humans are taking advantage of this by using them to sniff out explosives and drugs. Though this use is still in its experimental stage, it will be incredibly useful if it proves effective.