Where Do Mice Nest – Mice Nesting Habits
- 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
- Heating units
- Washing machines
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. If there is one and it remains there for too long, it will cause a lot of damage to the engine.
Disassembling the engine is required if the engine hasn’t been checked. This means mouse nest materials might have clogged any of the engine parts. If overheated because of the 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 a simple pattern, things can become a lot easier. What is most important while searching for the place where the colony breeds are to be prepared to take action when you find it. Think in advance about 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 a huge amount of droppings and this is the most usual indicator of 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 of 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. If there is nothing you can do about it, don’t be afraid to call professionals who’ll deal with the mice infestation quickly and efficiently.
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 leftovers 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 placed 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 a 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.
Damages Caused by MiceMice can eat through various types of materials and if your property is infested by many of them, it won’t take long until you sustain some heave structural damage. Most often, the sneaky rodents will do the following troubles:
- Mice make nests around your car’s engine
- Eath through insulation
- Chew on electrical wires
- Mice get through into your garage and destroy whatever they can feed on, including items made of rubber, such as car tires
- Eat any food not stored inside plastic or metal containers, especially grain
- Feed on plants and dig up recently planted crops
Keep the Mice Away with Professional Treatment
Don’t allow this rodent to get any further. Stop the mice infestation with the help of our expert mice control specialists from Panther Pest Control.