Pretty much every homeowner has or will have to deal with mice at some point in their lives. The rodents will look for any small crack or gap that they can find to enter the home, and to build their nests in various areas of the building. Let’s take a closer look at where mice hide once they’ve entered the home.
How mice enter the home
Mice will enter the home through gaps that are as small as a quarter of an inch. They can find these gaps near the foundation, or even on the higher floors of the home, because mice are excellent acrobats. This is why exclusion efforts against house mice have to be implemented across the entire building and not just the lower levels.
Common hiding places
When outdoors, mice will choose fields, woodlands, croplands, rock piles, piles of debris and tree cavities as their environments. These areas provide plenty of hiding spots and food sources for the rodents. When the mice have entered the home, they will quickly look for a place to build a nest and begin reproducing. Usually, they will set up in wall voids, voids inside kitchen appliances, inside clutter, or inside furniture and storage boxes.
What to do about mouse infestations
To prevent mouse infestations, you will have to close off the access points that they use to get in the home. This process is best performed by a pro, who will know where these access points are commonly located, and who will be able to detect them much more easily.
When it comes to control, it’s also best to work with a pest control pro. A pro will use either traps or poisons to deal with the infestation. Traps are a great option against smaller infestations, because they are quick to remove the mice, and the dead body of the mouse will be caught in the trap, which makes the clean up process easier. Poisons are used against larger infestations, but they have the disadvantage of leaving dead mice in hard to reach areas. The pro you work with will explain the pros and cons of each method and then recommend a course of action.
For more information on how these various control methods work, or if you have a mouse infestation that needs to be removed, contact us today and one of our team members will assist you.