How Are These Mice Getting In?
March 3, 2017
Are you finding yourself just drifting off to sleep, when you hear it--again. That scritch, scratch, scuffling noise just above your head, inside the wall? It can be really maddening! Perhaps you have put out traps. Maybe you have caught a few of the dirty little critters. Maybe it was quiet for a time, so you thought they were all gone. But there it is again! The noise that won't let you sleep. How are those mice getting inside your home? Today, we're going to take a look at some of the common, and not-so-common, ways that mice can get in. Then, we'll look at what you can do about it.
Before we talk about how they are getting in, let's focus a moment on why. Mice are drawn to food, shelter, and water. If the area around your house has these things, mice will be more likely to move in close to your exterior walls. And, once they are close to your walls, they will be more likely to find a way to get all the way into your home.
Be aware that trash, pet food, vegetable gardens, and dropped fruit are all sources of food for mice. Yard clutter, wood piles, and overgrown areas will provide shelter. And anything that can hold rainwater is a watering hole for these tiny rodents.
How Mice Get Into Homes
Gaps and cracks in your foundation: Mice are able to squeeze through a hole the size of a dime. If there are any tiny holes in your foundation, in the cement, bricks, or around basement windows, mice will be able to squeeze through.
Holes around pipes, wires or other items: Mice often find tiny cracks around items that enter your home, and exploit them.
Entry points under porches or in other hidden areas: Mice are tiny, they will find ways to get under your home and squeeze their way in.
Dryer vents: If your vent is in a position that is vulnerable to mice, not only will they be drawn to the heat it puts off, but they can also find ways to use that vent as a way to get in.
Unprotected chimneys: If you do not have a chimney cover, mice may take advantage of this and find their way inside.
Plumbing: Mice, rats, and other pests have been known to get into homes through unprotected pipes.
Worn pet doors: If your pet door has seen better days, consider that this may be one way mice are getting in.
Regardless of how mice are getting into your home, wouldn't you rather not have to deal with them? The most effective way to get mice out and keep them out is by partnering with a professional pest control company. Remember the nights when you could sleep? Let Nozzle Nolen take care of those disturbing mice--so you can rest easy once more. Reach out to us here today. Help is just a call away.
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