Are Mice Afraid Of Humans? 4 Easy Ways You Can Help

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Mice. They are tiny. Super tiny, right? Most people are scared of them, and I don’t get that!

It should be the other way around! But are mice afraid of humans? If they are afraid of us, is there anything you can do to be less scary? Being less scary to mice would make getting rid of mice so much easier!

It is the same with spiders. A lot of folks are afraid of spiders, despite the fact they are far too small to cause any problems.

Ok, there is one significant difference between mice and spiders. Some spiders can kill you! Mice also carry some very nasty diseases.

Are Mice Afraid Of Humans?

Mice are afraid of humans. They will actively avoid human contact.

Humans are:

  • Bigger
  • Louder
  • Faster (Sometimes)

Let’s face it; if you saw a giant 100ft tall and didn’t know if they were bad or good, you would err on the side of caution, right?

It is the same with mice. That is why they are afraid of humans.

Also – a mouse has probably been chased away by a human at least once in its life!

How Humans Can Be Less Scary To Mice

4 Ways Humans Can Be Less Scary To Mice Infographic

Humans are scary to the mice and not the other way round. For one, you are physically bigger. You are an overwhelmingly gigantic creature with a loud voice in a mouse’s eyes. Don’t take that personally, by the way. I am not saying you are HUGE…well…I guess I am, but only to a mouse.

Catching mice is difficult. It takes time and patience. One of the things you can do to improve your ability to catch mice is to make yourself less scary to them. Are mice afraid of humans? Here are 4 things you can do right now to stop mice from being scared of you.

Remain Quiet

Mice do not make much noise. So, they get scared when you approach them with your loud noises. Several noises will scare mice away.

It is key that you stay silent. If you have to communicate, do it with a whisper. Mice have very sensitive ears, and they will pick up on any movement you make.

Do Not Move Quickly

Avoid sudden and vigorous movements. No sneezing!

Mice will run and hide whenever they feel threatened. Suddenly shifting from one place to another might concern the mice, which results in them running away to hide in your house!

He might even think that you are chasing him when you are not.

Stay Low

You aim to be face to face with the mouse.

If you are towering above the mouse, they will get scared and run to hide.

If you want the mouse to be less scared of you, then get on the floor and make yourself look smaller.

Keep Still

If you are trying to catch a mouse, you want to catch it instead of chasing it away.

One rule: Remain still. Do not move. Imagine you are made of stone. Do whatever is needed to ensure that you do not move.

Eventually, if you are lucky, the mouse will think you are a statue (stop laughing) and ignore you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do mice hurt humans?

Direct harm:
Wild mice carry a wide range of viruses and bacteria. Whether it is dead or alive, touching a mouse could give you a disease. Some of the most common, salmonella, tularemia, and leptospirosis. The latter is quite dangerous as it is contracted from rat urine. Just touching a few drops of mouse urine can lead to kidney and liver failure.
Indirect hazards:
Mice can gnaw at metal & electrical wiring in the house, resulting in faults and fires. This makes mice very dangerous! Even if there is no fire, the mice can destroy electric appliances, which cost money to replace.
Mice also host various parasites, including fleas, ticks, and mites. A bite from either of these parasites can cause Lyme disease, pox, typhus, or bubonic plague. The latter can be fatal if not detected early. Children and the elderly are at the highest risk of developing health complications from mice.

Does human urine attract mice?

Surprisingly, yes! Mice will return to that spot as long as the smell is there. Scientific research indicates that mice are attracted to human urine.

Should I be scared of a mouse in my house?

No, you don’t need to be scared of a mouse in your house. Mice are more scared of humans than we are of them!

If you see a mouse in your home, the little guy is likely just as scared of you as you are of him, maybe worse!

What are mice most afraid of?

Mice are most afraid of things that are new to them or make sudden, loud noises.

This is why mice are often scared of humans – we are large and unfamiliar compared to other animals they might encounter in their natural habitat. Mice will also avoid anything that smells strongly of predators, such as a cat’s fur.

If you want to keep mice away from your home, seal up any openings they could use to get inside and avoid leaving food or other attractants out in the open. You can also try using a sonic repellent device to help keep them away.

Can mice sense humans?

Mice are capable of sensing humans through their sense of smell. They can also hear and see us, but they don’t seem to react to us the same way that other animals do.

Scientists believe that this is because mice are evolutionarily predisposed to be afraid of predators like humans.

However, some evidence suggests that mice can become tame and even friendly if raised around humans from a young age.


Are mice afraid of humans? Yes – mice are scared of humans! How important is that when we think about our goal?

Our goal is to get rid of mice, right? In that case, wouldn’t it be good if you were able to be LESS SCARY to mice?

In this post, I have given you 4 things you can do to stop being (too) scary to mice.

If you have come in contact with mice or have been bitten by one, it is advisable to visit the doctor. Look out for symptoms like severe fever and skin lesions.

Good luck!


About the Rodent Guide

I’m an expert in do-it-yourself rodent control. For more than 20 years, I’ve dedicated my life to helping people live harmoniously alongside these critters by sharing rodent control solutions that are effective and kind.

I believe in treating all creatures with respect. My mission is to ensure everyone understands how to protect their home from rodents without using cruel methods.

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