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Musophobia – How to Get Over Your Fear of Rodents


Rat TeethA person’s greatest fear often stems more from their thoughts about the subject than the subject in and of itself. It is your imagination that implants the many possibilities and impossibilities of both rational and irrational fears into your brain, often blowing up the proportions of a situation beyond what it really is.

However, your fears can be grounded on rational thinking, giving a person a perfectly reasonable basis to be afraid, scared, or anxious about something.

Musophobia is the fear of mice and rats. Rodents have plagued mankind for centuries, spreading disease, grievous bodily injuries and generally just being overall pests. In the dark ages, rodents carried bacteria-laden fleas and helped to spread one of the worst pandemics in human history, Black Death, or the bubonic plague. This disease ravaged Europe, wiping out large amounts of its population in a matter of years, but advances in medical science as well as personal hygiene methods and pest control techniques have made rodents a lesser evil than ever before.

What is Musophobia?

Musophobia, also known as Murophobia or Suriphobia, is a specific phobia characterized by an intense fear of mice or rats. People who suffer from Musophobia often experience anxieties, which may range from mild to extreme, and a strong desire to avoid any situation or environment where they might encounter these small rodents. This fear may be triggered by a past negative experience with mice or rats, exposure to media portrayals of these creatures as disease carriers, or even cultural beliefs and superstitions associated with them.

Why Rodents?

While they are not considered to be major threats to our everyday health, a fear of rodents is perfectly justified because of the potential of disease and parasite transmission. According to the World Health Organization, rodents cause 400 million infections per year and are likely responsible for 25% of house fires. Rats and mice make for excellent vehicles for harboring rapidly spreading diseases by their nature and design.

Rodents carry with them a variety of parasites such as mites and ticks which carry potentially lethal pathogens. If not parasites, then rodents can spread deadly germs and bacteria through their urine and feces, which is produced in alarming amounts at a time. Rodents produce hundreds more fecal matter and urine deposits than humans are capable of in a day.

Unfortunately, rodents have adapted to living in close proximity to human beings. Rats and their parasites literally share homes with us, nesting and sleeping in the homes which humans come to relax, sleep, and store food and clothing, often without humans even realizing it. Humans have always been extremely vulnerable to any pathogens, diseases and parasites carried by rodents.

Their excrement can be laid anywhere around your home, place of work, or anywhere else for that matter. The pathogens can also be found in a rodent’s saliva and blood. These creatures shed hair almost daily, losing their entire coat of hair nearly twice a year. Parasites and deadly pathogens can be found in these hairs and can be harder to spot than excrement.

Rodents can hitch a ride in our cars, buses, airplanes, and any other vehicle we may depend on, making them capable of going from one end of the globe to the other in the same amount of time it takes humans to travel. Wherever constant supplies of food and water are readily available, these pests will be able to breed. They also breed in large amounts; some have recorded tens or hundreds of rodents living and moving about in a given place at once. Within these populations are the aforementioned parasites, pathogens and diseases which can spread infection to all living things.

Ways to Help With the Fear

If you or someone you know deals with Musophobia, there are some courses of action that could possibly help. If a current mouse or rat problem in your home is causing the fear, it’s important to act quickly to remove the pests from your home. Please consult a mental health specialist if experiencing extreme anxiety.

Step 1 – Get Rid of the Rodents

While removing a rodent infestation from your home or workplace doesn’t eradicate the core issue behind your fear, wouldn’t you agree this is the best place to start? The first step to getting rid of mice is keeping a clean home. Beyond that, there are many solutions on the market including exterminators, traps and poisons but these can be harmful. Here is the problem with these methods:

• They’re Unreliable: Spring traps often don’t kill rats or mice the first time they snap.
 • They’re Cruel: Glue traps can delay death up to 5 days.
 • They’re Unsafe: Laying down poison is risky business, especially if your kids or pets are around.
• They’re Unsanitary:: All of the traditional methods of killing mice require you to go collect the dead rodents and throw them out.

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Step 2 – Overcoming Your Fear of Rodent Bites

While the information in this article may have reignited your fears of rodents and their bites, it is important to think rationally and calmly about your situation. The facts can be alarming, but practicing preventive measures as well as steps to overcome irrational fears can make rodents seem more like a minor nuisance rather than the end of the world.

It’s important to know you’re not alone. Known scientifically as Musophobia, the fear of mice is common in many people, and even in some animals. It can cause an increased heart rate and panic attacks amongst other symptoms. A common and proven belief is that elephants are indeed afraid of mice, but even they can be trained to overcome fear.

Stop to think about why you have developed a fear of rats and rat bites. Fears can arise and develop from fictional entertainment such as movies which usually make rodents seem more fearsome than they really are. Take time to learn more about rats on the internet, in a book or in a pet store to see how they are in reality. Rodents are living creatures like cats, dogs, and humans, too.

Evaluate your fear of rodents thoroughly. A traumatic experience involving rats which can be embedded deep within you can be tough to break, but you have to ask yourself if the actual danger which rats present to you is real or perceived. A giant, dirty sewer rat that just crawled out of a sewer and across your feet can be a real danger, while a mouse from a pet store or a TV show may cause you to perceive fear. Rats do, in fact, present some dangers, but modern science and disease prevention has done a lot to prevent most dangers they may present.

A more deep rooted case of musophobia can call for a trip to a mental health professional. Cognitive behavior therapy, exposure therapy, and anti-anxiety medications are sometimes recommended to treat the worst cases of specific phobias, like musophobia. Bad childhood experiences or traumatic events involving rodents can be a tough thing to shake with a lot of people, but thanks to innovations in modern medicine, many varieties of therapeutic treatments can be applied to people with a wide variety of phobias and fears, both rational and irrational.

Moving Forward

Try to learn more about rodents, as they go beyond the disease harboring street crawler variety. Many people keep and love rodents such as hamsters, guinea pigs and other species which are disease-free. While we don’t want the wild variety in our homes or workplaces, enjoying them (or at least tolerating) in a recreational setting will make for you enjoying a more satisfying and empowered life.