I’m not sure where the idea that mice are quiet originated. So I looked it up:
QUIET AS A MOUSE: Silent, without noise, hushed, subdued. This simile dates from the sixteenth century and presumably refers to the behavior of a mouse that stops dead in its tracks at the approach of a cat and remains as quiet as possible, hoping to avoid notice. Also put as still as a mouse (13th century) it has been repeated again and again, outliving quiet as a lamb (14th century),which presumably being eyed by a wolf. (Facts on File Dictionary of Clichés, American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Oxford Dictionary of Idioms)
Aha. So it’s when a CAT approaches. Or a human, say. Otherwise they’re as squeaky as can be.
A mouse has been squeaking away underneath my sink. I had forgotten about this awesome bag of corn kernels that I’d bought. The entire bag was coating the floor and there was a FEAST for him to gorge on. Of course he was as happy as a little fat mouse.
I’m pretty livid. That storage area is huge and perfect for food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. I am not a fan of the idea of having to protect my entire home from a little critter that can fit into a hole the size of a bloody dime.
I’m currently debating as to which trap I should use.