The unassuming crack in the glass pane of my hen house told a little story of my personal horror. Blame it on mice, to be more precise: Rötelmäuse are. And it went like this: When I ausmistete once the stable, lugten two button eyes out of a hole in the wall. A mouse family had taken up residence in the insulation.

you need to know: I like to call a mice phobia of my Own. When I look at the pictures, is it me that you find cute. In natura, I shudder at the sight of a mouse (or a rat) but on the whole body.

There are good reasons

I don’t want to talk about the irrationality of the phobia beautiful, but reasons for this, it would be quite: Rötelmäuse about are not significant disease vectors, especially in relation to the Hantavirus. Infect you can, if you come in contact with feces or urine.

In the last year, the number of Hantavirus infections in Germany has increased massively – that had to do with Beechnuts to. How the? There are years Book produce an unusually high number of nuts. This is called the Book tower.

The rise of the “Buechenüssli” the populations of Rötelmäusen, respectively, in height. The number of predators grows often, for instance, has observed that, in the Jura to a book, the number of Rauhfusskäuze increased in the mast.

The mouse as a feast

Even if I will never love you: the importance of The Rötelmaus in the cycle of nature is undisputed. For a lot of animals, it constitutes an important source of food for wild cats and polecats. The Rötelmaus, inhabited actually more forests than urban areas, is found in large Parts of Europe. Some sources even call them the most common Mammal of Central Europe. And yet you know only a few in their species name – hence it fits well in the series “Anonymous residents”, which ends here with the fifth species.

What was with the glass? In order to expel the mice, I hit with a shovel against the wall, the mice took refuge in high jumps out of the hole. Me. I was startled in such a way that I sought to run away and somehow with the shovel, the window zerdepperte. Truly no feat, but at least no viruses picked – phobias also have their good sides.

Simon Jäggi (39) is a boy singer of the rock band the sorrow, works at the natural history Museum of Bern and keeps chickens. He writes every second Friday of the VIEWS.

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