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Where Do Mice Come From ?

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Mice come from places you would never expect to have turned into an entry point for the small rodents. Anything the mice can squeeze their head through becomes an entrance for infestation. If their head gets through, the body will do so as well. What is worse, mice often prefer to make their burrows very close to your home (not further than 10m) as the house has turned into their primary food source and proximity is essential.

Mice eat very often – about 15-20 times a day which means they will not leave your property once it is infested but would only go out to bring food to their burrows or to take a sleep for a while there after which the rodents will quickly return to your private premises in search for food.
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Places in Your Home Where Mice Come From

Mice prefer narrow places with moderate levels of humidity, preferably dark with absence of any natural predators. Usually, such spots are hard to reach which makes the treatments very hard e but the mice control technicians are equipped with specialised extermination tools for the job.

The Basement

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This looks just like the perfect hiding spot for the mice during the day. There is food being stored there, any other activity of living creatures is minimal and that makes mice feel comfortable. It’s also a very nice idea to set traps if catching the rodents is your purpose. Don’t keep the lights on down there as it will only make the rodents more suspicious and scared, mice have well-developed sight so they see clearly in the dark . Check all the drains and pipes in the basement and if there are gaps, fill them immediately with thick foam.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is a highly attractive place for mice as there are lots of food scraps which have fallen behind the heavy furniture and haven’t been cleaned. The scent coming out from ovens is another thing the rodents cannot resists which is one of the primary reasons why the oven cables get chewed which imposes a high risk of fire in the house.

To protect your oven from mouse infestation, clean it regularly and install a metal protection plate where you think the entry point may appear. To prevent further infestation, don’t leave any open boxes of cereals on the kitchen shelves. Mice are very stubborn and will get to such food in the kitchen at any cost as their life literally depends on this.
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In The Attic

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Mice look for premises filled with various items as they provide good hidings. The small rodents love such places as they feel very safe there. It’s where the mice multiply and give birth to the next colony. It’s also a common fact that gestation among mice is only about 21 days which makes it possible for a female mouse to give birth to about 3-14 of the same species each month. This is pretty quick and the attic is the perfect place for mice to reproduce so check it regularly and if you see any signs of infestation, deal with it quickly.

Bathrooms

As we mentioned already, mice like humidity, in addition to this, drains and sewers is where they hide during the day. Unfortunately, any pipe leads to somewhere, most often this is your toilet. Rats are very good swimmers and can enter into the bathroom through the sewer pipe, but mice would drawn. So, if you find mice in the bathroom, it means they have entered there from an entry point in the walls. Locate it and seal it with rodent-proof foam.

Inside the walls

Scratching noise coming from the walls, especially during the night is a strong signal that your home has been infested. Similar to their burrows, mice use the walls inside of a property as routes for entering and leaving the property but is also possible to have made nests there.

It’s not necessary to break the walls to exterminate them. Simply find how they got into the walls and place traps there. Don’t use poison as it takes effect slowly and mice would hide before dying which will then leave a terrible smell in your home. To the trapping easier place some bait such as peanut butter at the edges of the wall, leading to the trap.

It’s also very reasonable to reach out to professional pest control services if you don’t know how to do mice control on your own.
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The Garage

Mice love entering into the garage and in winters it’s almost 100% sure they will make their way inside it. People park their cars inside and the engine is very warm after the cars gets parked inside. This attracts any rodents which leave you in  danger of ending up with chewed wires and engine parts.

If you find any rat or mouse droppings, that’s a sign of infestation. Always have a few traps set inside the garage and in colder months, regularly check what’s hiding under the hood, it might me a kitten or any other relatively small mammal. People very often find snakes under their car’s good as well as warmth attracts the cold-blooded creatures.

What Attracts Mice to Your Home

  • Rubbish bins and Composts
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Mice constantly seek for food and will not miss a bag filled with food waste left nearby the house. The mouse will make a whole through the bаg and will eat as much as it can devour and so will the rest of the colony.

That’s why it’s highly recommended not to leave any household waste at an opening space. Store it in the shed if it’s mouse-proof or in the garage.

  • Fruit Trees and Garden Vegetables

Contrary to popular believes, mice’s favourite food is not cheese at all. They actually prefer food rich in carbohydrates such as chocolate but also enjoy eating various fruits and vegetables.

  • Bird and Water feeders
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Placing bird feeders in the garden is fun for the kids but is strongly not recommended if living in an area with a high risk of mice infestation. This will attract any rodent to your home and will keep it there for a long time. In fact, it’s best to remove from the garden anything that can serve as a source of sustenance or shelter for rodents.

  • Water

Mice can’t stand being thirsty and will drink water from any easily accessible water source. Remove any water feeders from the garden and try not to keep water containers of any kind around the property

  • Heat

While reproducing and sleeping, mice look for warmer places and will settle in at any place which is even 1 or 2 °C warmer than their usual hidings.

  • Debris

Mice rely on scattered debris to find a shelter. Things such as old vehicles, stacked piles of wood, old furniture and other discarded materials serve as safe hiding spots and attract lots of mice. Still wondering where mice come from ?
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