Maybe the photo might be a hint…what the heck is Musophobia? Well it is the fear of mice and rats.
Musophobia is one of the most common specific phobias and can exhibit severe physical symptoms such as anxiety, stress, elevated pulse rate, difficulty breathing, and crying. What is your reaction when you find out your home has mice? Are you just annoyed or do you find yourself displaying any of these physical symptoms? If you do exhibit one or more of the symptoms, you could have Musophobia. There are a few reasons why this phobia can surface in people.
Traumatic Past Experience
This fear could be triggered from a frightening past experience where the mouse came out of nowhere, causing the element of terror or surprise. The trauma is then re-lived when a mouse is seen.
You are a Woman
It might sound strange but this phobia is more common in women and there could be a reason. Scientists have recently discovered that mice smell male and female pheromones and actually withdraw or run from the presence of a man. Comparatively, in the presence of a woman, mice are bolder and less afraid. This results in more traumatic experiences with women, perpetuating the fear more among females.
Fear of a Bite
Mice might look cuddly and cute but they will defend themselves if they feel danger. These rodents have strong jaws, able to chew through wood, plastic and even cement. So you better believe that they can deliver a pretty painful bite, if given the opportunity.
Fear of Disease
Most people are aware of the dangerous diseases mice carry so their immediate concern is for the health for themselves and their family members. Mice carry deadly diseases like Hantavirus, Salmonella and Leptospirosis. You can protect your family by keeping a rodent free home.
Fear of Damage
Your home is one of the biggest investments you will have in your life. A rodent infestation can cause thousands of dollars in damage in a short time. Protecting your property against rodents saves you money in the long run. Routine rodent inspections with Pestcheck can prevent mice infestations.
Pestcheck cannot cure your Musophobia, but we can remove what is causing your phobia! Taking preventative measures is the first step in conquering your fears. Give us a call today on (778) 930-7378.