Most Common Hiding Places for Mice

deer mouseJust when you think that a cold weather has driven all the pests away, you notice mouse traces in your home. Just about half of all rodent problems happen during this time of year because these pests are looking for a warm shelter to spend their winter. Mice are hard to get rid of once they settle inside your home. These rodents also transmit dangerous diseases so you really don’t want them in your home. If you hear awkward sounds coming from your walls during the night, you may have these unwelcomed guests. To prevent infestation, you need to find their source and then contact a professional. Here are some of the most common hiding places for mice.

Do you know where those mice are hiding?

These mammals rely on humans to help them survive during the cold winter months. When they find their way into your home, they will look for a safe place to build their nest. Maybe it’s hard to believe it, but mice will hide almost anywhere inside your home. So if you think you have mice problems, inspect the following areas.

  • Basements
  • Attics
  • Garages
  • Kitchen
  • Behind a stove
  • Storage boxes
  • Inside walls
  • Crawl spaces
  • Closets
  • Under piles of clutter
  • They like to hang out in narrow and tight spaces like in the back of closets and cabinets.

To prevent mice from settling inside your house you should stop feeding them. This means you need to clean your kitchen on a daily basis. Mice are nocturnal creatures and if you leave any food they are going to find it while you’re sleeping. Good sanitation is also important to prevent food contamination. The kitchen is a place where 50% of rodent infestations inside a home happen, so keep it clean.

Outdoor hiding spots…

If you have sealed all possible entry points, that doesn’t mean you’re completely safe. You should also inspect your yard because these pests set up residences under piles of wood or leaves. Keep in mind to check car trunks or under the hood, because these intelligent creatures could hide almost anywhere.

How to recognize a mouse nest…

A mouse nest is made from any fibrous material that a rodent can find inside your home. These pests will gather items like paper, stuffing from pillows, food wrappers, and torn cloth to assemble their nest. They like to live near food sources. Usually, the first sign of mice infestation are their droppings. It can be dangerous to touch their dropping or trying to remove the nest by yourself. This is a task for a trained professional only.

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