Most Common Places Mice Hide
When it comes to protecting a home from all of the many problems mice can cause, it is vital to understand why mice come in and where they hide in your home when they do. Why? Several reasons. Those hiding places are important locations to look for signs of mouse activity. Some of the places mice hide can bring them into contact with people living inside your home. Hiding places are also likely to have secondary pests like ticks, and fleas. We'll explore these reasons and more as we take a look a some of the many places mice hide.
Mice love the wall voids between the studs in your wall. They will build nests in them and use them to go from the top of your home to the bottom. When they do, you're likely to hear them scratching and thumping in the wall, which can be very annoying as you're trying to go to sleep. It is also possible for them to chew on wiring when they are in wall voids. This can lead to a house fire.
Any secluded location in your home is going to be attractive to mice, but attics are especially attractive. They are often warm and filled with lots of fluffy stuff to make a nest. In your attic, mice will tear up insulation and chew on other building materials. If you think you have mice, this is a good place to check first. Use a flashlight to search for matted nests of soft material tucked away in corners.
Behind Kitchen Appliances
Mice like to be as close to their food as possible. For this reason, they will sometimes build their nests behind kitchen appliances or large counters that have drawers in them. People will often times think that a cat will solve the majority of their mice problems, while they will surely be able to capture a few, there are certain places in your home where mice are able to hide that cats cannot
gain access to.
If you have a piece of furniture in a secluded location, mice may take up residence in it. It is like a tiny house inside your house. It is important to understand this because you could accidentally get bitten by a scared mouse. But, it is more likely you'll get bitten by the secondary pests they carry in their fur. A single mouse can have as many as 100 deer ticks on its body.
Storage Rooms and Closets
Mice love clutter. They hide in piles of clothing, stacked boxes, and piled objects of various sizes. If your closet has stuff thrown into it, mice will adore you. Cluttered spaces are a good place to look for droppings or smell of urine. The urine from mice has a strong ammonia scent.
This is a hiding place inside of a hiding place. Rodents chew constantly. One of the items they love to chew is cardboard boxes. This can have them entering your stored boxes. Always check cardboard boxes for chew holes before you open them and rummage around. It is also a good idea to seal the top of your stored boxes rather than fold the flaps to seal them. Mice have no problem squeezing into a box that is closed by the folding of flaps.
While mice don't generally build a nest on pantry shelves, they can be found on pantry shelves, especially in the evening as they are searching for food. If you go into your pantry at night, be sure to turn on a light. But, this is not the only reason you should know that mice hide here. Mice can taint the food in your storage areas. This can lead to flu-like symptoms. If your family is getting sick a lot, it is important to understand that it may be mouse-related.
If you're seeing signs of mice and you're in our Massachusetts or Connecticut service area, let the pros here at American Pest Solutions resolve that rodent problem. Our team knows where rodents hide, and what industry-leading methods work to get them out and keep them out. For more information or to schedule immediate service, reach out to us today.