As Autumn weather approaches we think of cooler weather, burning leaves, fall colors, and mice.
Mice? You didn’t have mice on your list? Well, you should. Most of us think of summer as the worst season for a variety of pests from mosquitoes to ants and generally expect the warm weather pests to slow down as the weather gets cooler. But fall and winter bring their own pest control challenges, especially when it comes to mice.
Home Sweet Home
Mice have the same basic needs as every other animal and insect: they need water, food, and a place to live. When the weather starts to cool down, mice are on the hunt for a warm, safe place to bed down and nest. Your home is probably a prime piece of real estate to these rodents for several reasons. There is probably food and water, and there is certainly a cozy spot here and there that would be an ideal place for a mouse to set up housekeeping.
It gets cold outside and a warm place to sleep, that means your home, is just too good to resist.
Everything mice need is right there in your home with the added benefit of security. Outside, mice are preyed upon by a wide range of predators, from house cats to passing hawks, and the safety of your home only adds to the appeal. What more could a mouse ask for!?
Not My House!
You may think of your home as secure and all buttoned up for winter, but mice are experts at getting into homes in ways that we just don’t consider. Every house has pipes, electrical lines and other things that go from the outside to the inside. That means cracks, crevices and other entry points that just aren’t very obvious. What may look like an impossibly small hole to us is probably just big enough for your average mouse.
All a mouse needs to get into your home is about a ¼ of an inch opening. They have the natural ability to squeeze into very tiny openings because of their unique physical makeup. Most of a mouse’s size comes from their fur, so they are smaller than they first appear. They have no collar bone so they can easily just stretch out and shimmy through a hole using their strong legs to help the process along.
But tiny holes and cracks aren’t the only entry points to worry about. Mice can get into your home through open doors, attics, basements and even the bathroom. The bathroom? Mice and other rodents are strong swimmers and can get inside by swimming up sewer pipes, into the toilet, and into your home. So caulk or seal any holes or cracks before that mouse finds the opportunity and keep that toilet lid closed!
For more advice and for a free consultation, please feel free to reach out to rodent control service in your area.