Mice: The Winter Problem That Won’t Go Away

Mouse in the walls of a Springfield home.

If you have been hearing mice in your home, they have decided to stay at your place to protect themselves from the elements outside. Why wouldn’t they? It’s freezing cold and your house has all the comforts of a resort. You have been holding out to get rid of mice because it’s about to warm up, and mice will soon voluntarily be on their way, right? That won’t happen. Mice are the winter problem that won’t go away.

Mice and Your Home

A common myth that many homeowners believe is that mice will leave your home when it warms up. That is false. Mice that enter and nest in your home in the winter will not leave when the temperature rises outside.

The truth is that they don’t have to, and they don’t want to. Mice require three things to survive: food, shelter, and water. Guess what, your home has it all, and it has nothing to do with the weather outside. Whether it’s raining and snowing outside or sun-shining and comfortable, mice are going to stick around for food, shelter, and water. As long as you provide it, they will stay.

Warmer spring and summer weather means more predators that feast on little mice. Mice have to worry about predators in the sky and on the ground. So for now, and as long as you allow mice to live in your home, they will stay. Your home provides them shelter from outside threats.

What to do about a Mouse in Your House

If you have a mouse in your house, you need to take care of it right away. It won’t go away when it warms up. A mouse will stay in your home, eat your food, spread disease, and have babies. One mouse in your home will quickly become a brood of mice. The risks of having mice in your home are:

  • Threat of fire
  • Spread disease
  • Property damage
  • Other health risks

Take care of mice in your home before you have to experience the consequences. You need to do a few things to make sure you and your family are safe. First, call American Pest Solutions for a thorough inspection of your home. American Pest Solutions has a rodent protection plan that includes inspection, sealing of your home, installing bait, treating the interior and exterior, and ongoing control. We can also help you identify areas of damage and contamination so that they can be addressed quickly so damages can be repaired and the spreading of pathogens can be stopped.

Just remember, it is never just one mouse and they are never going to go away on their own.