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The Most Common Reasons Behind Mice Problems and Infestations

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Written by John Wells

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There are a number of different possible causes for a mice infestation. You wouldn’t believe the resourcefulness that these rodents possess! They’re sneaky little creatures that will, at the first sign of convenience and need, visit your home and make it theirs. If there’s even one room that isn’t properly kept clean, they will target your home. People often don’t even realize that something related to their home and their way of taking care of their home can influence mice to visit.

It’s important to know how to get rid of mice in the event of a mice infestation because you never know when they might hit. Studying and researching the many ways of getting rid of mice is a key element in keeping your home prepared for a mouse attack. We believe that you already know about some of the most popular ways of getting rid of mice, such as traps and poison.

Keeping your home clean and fresh is one of the key steps to never having an issue with mice. If you fail at this task, not only will it set you back in the financial sense, but you’ll also be exposed to potential health risks that mice carry. In order to avoid going through all of these problems, foolproof your home so it’s defended against mice. Here are some facts about mice that will help you understand them better, which will, in turn, give you an advantage over them in the large scheme of things. Now, let’s start with the potential “problem areas” regarding your home.

Weak Sanitation

Weak Sanitation

Indoors

Improper sanitation control of your home can easily lead to a mice infestation. The reason rats and mice love “dirty” places is the easy access to food. They are prepared to do anything for some food and a secure and safe location for raising their offspring. In general, even if only a small part of your home isn’t kept clean, they will find a way to gain access to your home. Leaving small pieces of food on the floor or in the corners is also a danger since rodents are scavengers.

This means that they’re very adept at searching for and gathering food. Be especially vigilant if you have a family with small children as they can leave crumbs on the ground and forget about them. Your main concern, in this case, should be keeping your home nice and clean. Check every corner of every floor and sweep them clean. You’re probably thinking that this is a tedious job, and you’d be right; however, sacrificing a day or two to completely clean your home will pay off in the long run (since you won’t be getting a mice infestation).

Outdoors

When it comes to outdoors hygiene, we’ll mostly be talking about the area just around your home (for example, a garden). Now, keeping your garden or yard nice and tidy is no easy task. After all, the area you’d need to take care of is a lot larger than the inside of your home (although, if you own a home on multiple floors, it’s relatively equal). The usual suspects that affect the hygiene of your garden or yard are fruits and berries that fall from the trees, birds that drop nuts and various other food items.

Consider raking the leaves each day during autumn so there are no hidden stashes of food. There are a couple of other things you could do such as installing traps. When it comes to traps, you’ll want to be careful when installing them outside as other animals such as dogs and cats, and even toddlers (if left unattended) could hurt themselves.

One other factor that causes mice to come to your home is water. Water sources that are outside such as pools and water bowls generally attract mice. The reason behind this is that they need fresh water, like all animals, and if they notice a chance to get near the water – they’ll take it. If you own a pool, cover it with something so the mice can’t reach the water. Water bowls should be kept inside to minimize the risk of a mice infestation.

Shelters and How To Get Rid of Mice

Shelters

Shelters are a vital part of the mice way of life. Without shelters, they wouldn’t last very long. The frustrating part is that their shelters are sturdy, hidden, and difficult to reach. Shelters are usually hard to find if you aren’t aware of their pattern of movement (They’ll generally come from one single direction that leads from their shelter). They love to make shelters wherever they can and, more often than not, will make shelters inside the walls of your home. Inherently, there is a high chance that you’ll have to drill holes in the walls or even open up the wall so you can reach inside. Although you might be able to take care of their shelters yourself, it might be best to call the mice exterminators as they will completely take care of your issues.

Let’s talk about these shelters, shall we?

Indoor Shelters

Mice love making shelters where it’s dirty and secluded. Piles of leaves can act as such shelters (so don’t let your kids jump into them). Various other locations can act as shelters for them such as trash heaps, discarded items (cars, machinery, etc.), and others. If there’s even a clue of a potential weak spot in your home, the mice will come. This is especially prevalent when they are being chased by predators and run into your home. Check the windows; any crack may be accessible to them. If your home has a wood interior, it might be best to check that out as well; gnawing on wood and creating holes isn’t anything strange to mice – they’re quite skilled at these activities.

Foolproof your home by checking it entirety. You’ll also be able to clean some spaces in your home that you didn’t even know were dirty and causing issues. Once you realize that there is a shelter, do everything in your power to get rid of it as soon as possible. If the mice start reproducing, you’ll be looking at a full-scale infestation that’s going to be difficult to take care of. Keep an eye out for any potential signs such as listening to footsteps, placing traps in places where the mice will likely move through, etc. Again, if the infestation gets out of control, contact the mice exterminators immediately.

Outdoor Shelters

Outdoor shelters aren’t something that’s completely in your control. It’s very difficult keeping your outsides clean and mice-proof since it’s a large open area with many potential shelter zones. The corners of a barn or any building in actuality are attractive choices for mice. There are a couple of things that you can do to lower the chances of mice inhabiting your property. One of the things that you could do is keep your yard and outdoor living space completely clean and free of all potential shelter locations. Such locations include piles of leaves, sheds, and similar locations. If you own a barn, it’s an entirely different issue since mice generally love barns because of easy access to the hay (which they use for shelter).

You’ll never be able to fully keep your garden and yard tidy so don’t be surprised if some mice do appear, although, they’d rather get inside your house than be outside (especially if it’s cold). The main thing you should remember is to simply follow a routine regarding cleaning and you’ll be set!

Other Factors

Other Factors

There is no real way to completely prevent a mice infestation from happening, mainly due to factors which are out of your control. It’s completely normal for some things to happen, especially when you consider that nature has other plans. It comes as no surprise that people get mice infestations without previously ever expecting one to happen. At least when you have an older house with nooks and crannies everywhere, you can expect an infestation to happen.

Unfortunately, some of these factors come completely out of the blue. Here’s just a small list of potential factors that might influence the possibility of getting a mice infestation:

Human Intervention – This is one of the most surprising factors that can either happen because of others or yourself. It all depends on what we’re talking about. If you’re working on something (or building a new object next to your home), you might unknowingly push the mice inside your home. This is because loud noises and the destruction of their habitat force them to make a move. Try to keep the environment around your home safe and untouched.

Winter Temperatures – Seasonal temperature changes happen every year and people mostly have issues with mice infestations during the colder months (sometimes even autumn if the weather is especially bad). Since mice live in warmer environments, they’ll search for someplace warmer once the cold weather sets. Of course, the perfect warm environment and shelter for them during the winter would be your home. You could potentially keep your home a bit colder than usual in an effort to prevent mice from coming in, but there’s really not a lot you can do.

Food Scarcity – Another factor that happens quite often regarding mice infestations is a lack of food. Rodents are nocturnal animals which are most active at night. During the day they sleep, eat, and sometimes forage for more food. Once the food rations start plummeting, they’ll be looking for other places where there might be food. Again, this means that your home might be a potential target. Not a lot you can do here either.

Predators – Even though mice have natural enemies in the wild, they won’t instantly move out of an area just because there is danger nearby. However, if they deem their current situation unfavorable, they will start searching for a new home. A human home has many small spaces where they can build shelters and there is a steady stream of food (crumbs and various other food items that mice love; keep in mind that they are very resourceful and will often find ways to reach food).

Conclusion

Tackling a mice infestation isn’t always easy. To be fair, it is never easy. It takes time, patience, and a bit of dedication to get rid of them. You can easily solve the issue by contacting the exterminators, although it will set you back a bit financially. In my personal opinion, I think this is the better option, but I also think that studying about mice and how to deal with them is smart as well. Asking for help is completely normal and you shouldn’t be worried about letting someone else do the job for you.

If, on the other hand, you’re interested in dealing with the mice yourself, all you need is some time spent on researching, purchasing the equipment (traps), and setting them up. If you have a strong stomach, you probably won’t have problems cleaning up yourself! Although, you should be careful as mice can transfer various diseases and they pose a health risk. Be sure to always wear gloves and adequate protection in order to prevent exposure to a disease.

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John Wells

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