The cold weather in New York City this winter has actually yielded a positive: there have been fewer mouse sightings, surprisingly. 

According to the New York Times, mouse violations in "multifamily dwellings" have dropped this winter as compared to the previous three:

Inspectors issued 3,171 violations from October through Feb. 25 of this year, versus 3,514 in the same period last year.

And 4,600 in 2012.

Harvard biologist and rodent aficionado Hopi Hoekstra conjectures that mice have struggled to get by this winter because it's been exceptionally cold:

Mice populations fluctuate from year to year,” she said. “Because it’s been especially cold, it may have resulted in poor reproduction and many natural deaths.

February is essentially over, so the best course of action is to pray that these next three weeks fly by and spring arrives triumphantly.

[via The New York Times]