A mouse nest looks like any other place a small mammal would use to produce and take care of its offspring. Made usually of scrap materials, gathered after a lot of chewing on various fabric, the mouse nest provides the perfect shelter and security for female mice to give birth to the new litter.
What usually the rodents use to create their nests is material such as paper, cloth, cupboard, wood sticks, stuffing from mattresses and pillows and other soft fabrics. Usually all this matter gets stacked into a ball where the newborns spend the first several days, during which they are fully dependable on their mother for food and protection.
Mouse droppings and urine marks around the nest are a definitive signal that it’s a mice nest. Leaving them multiply is actually more inhumane than destroying the mice’s nest. Not being able to stop the infestation on time will result in hundreds of mice taking over the place in just a few months and then even more of them will have to be exterminated. To prevent this, it’s highly recommended to get rid of a mice nest immediately after finding one.
Where Do Mice Nest – Mice Nesting Habits
House mice build their nest close to food and shelter. The rodents prefer warm, narrow and dark places where they will feel safe during breeding. A mouse would not travel more than 30 feet from it’s nest to the food as they feed 15 to 20 times a day.
Some of the most common places where mice nest are:
- Farm fields
- Cluttered areas
- In gaps under the floor
- Under the roof
- Kitchen cabinets
- In garages
- Under car hoods close to the engine
- Inside the walls
Mice would also take advantage of any hiding spot close to electronic appliances. These are some of the most dangerous as it’s possible to get structural damage due to fires from chewed wires and short circuit. Some of the most common appliances mice would make a nest close to are:
- Heating units
- Washing machines
Don’t be afraid to ask mice control specialists for help if you decide any severe pest activity in your home.
What Does a Mouse Nest in The Garage Look Like
In this video you can see how a mouse nest has been under the roof of a car for so long, that simply removing it won’t bring the car back on the road.
During colder months mice would seek for a warm place to make their nest. The garage and especially under the car’s hood near the warm engine is the perfect hiding spot for mice. Always check your car’s engine for a rat/mouse nest before going on a road. Ff there is one and it remains there for too long, it will certainly cause a lot of damage to the engine.
Disassembling the whole engine, cleaning it and putting it back together will be necessary if the engine hasn’t been checked for too long and mouse nest materials have clogged any of the important parts. If overheated because of a mice nest, repairing the engine would cost more than buying a new one.
How Many Mice Live in a Nest?
In a single mice nest there are at least 5 mice as females produce eight litter per year with an average of six small pups per litter. The newborn are often called “pinkies” because of their pink colour and are blind, hairless and unable to stand still in the first several days.
If mice from the previous litter live in the same nest where the newborns are the number may of rodents in the nest increases seriously. After the 35th day, a mouse reaches sexual maturity and either makes a new nest or remains in the same.
A single nest is completely possible to be the source of a whole colony that can fully infest your home. There are videos that show what ignorance towards mice infestation leads to such as this video where people remove concrete and under each piece at least 10 mice pop out and start running in fear chaotically.
How to Find a Mouse Nest in Your House?
Identifying the location of the mice nest inside your property might be a tedious task but by following simple pattern, things can become a lot easier. What is most important while searching for the place where the colony breeds is to be prepared to take action when you find it. Think in advance on how you are going to proceed when you come upon the mice nest. Are you going to destroy it, take it out or leave it where it is ?
Ignoring the nest is probably the worst idea. Some people are definitely not born to kill but leaving the vermin to multiply is worse than exterminating it. At one point the rodents will become so many, they might actually seriously threaten your health or the safety of others.
When you decide how the nest is going to be treated, proceed with the following steps:
- Identify the mouse species that has infested your home.
It might be either a house mouse or a deer mouse. The house mice leave huge amount of droppings and this is the most usual indicator for the infestation. Deer mice are more dangerous because they transmit the disease Hantavirus.
- When the type of infiltrator is clear, check all cluttered areas.
Mice usually nest there as the cluttered places provide a lot hidings and are less frequently visited by people. Such places are closets, garages, basements and anywhere behind appliances.
- Pay attention to your pet.
Dogs and cats like to sniff around a place which has been infested by rodents. If you notice such a behaviour from your pet, check the place more carefully.
- Scratching noises from walls or the ceiling.
Mice get inside the walls of buildings pretty easy and often nest there. The squeaking noises they make are hard to hear by people but the rodents scratch the walls and this gives a clear indication of their activity there. It’s not necessary to break the wall in order to get to them.You can lure them out with bait or capture them with snap traps by setting the devices at the exit holes.
- Look for marks of mouse urine.
Traces of urine anywhere around the property is a clear sign of a mouse infestation which means there’s probably a nest nearby too. Follow the traces and if they lead to the nest, try to find the most adequate way to remove it.
How to Get Rid of a Mouse Nest?
- Burn the nest once the mice are removed from it or dispose of it safely.
Dump it in a specialized container as this type of waste might be considered as toxic waste if there are any left overs of mice tissue
- Clean out any debris at the property that mice would use to create a new nest.
Items made of soft materials should be place above ground level so rodent would not be able to reach them. This will prevent the mice from chewing on things that may serve as materials for the new nest.
- Remove seed and water bird feeders from the garden
These attract mice, rats and other rodents such as squirrels so it’s best to get rid of such garden decoration if living in rural area where the risk of infestation is high.
Licensed pest control technicians will deal with any mice nest with proper mice extermination tools and techniques that will ensure mice-free property in only one or two treatments. If you try to remove the rodents from the territory of your property and this turns out to be an impossible task, simply look around for a licensed pest control company and call professionals to do the job for you.
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