As the days get shorter and the temperatures start to drop, mice are getting ready for winter. They will start to search for food and shelter, and they may even start to enter homes.
Here are some things to know about the fall and winter habits of mice:
- Mice are looking for food. Mice need to eat about 10 grams of food per day, and they will eat just about anything. In the fall, they will start to store food in their nests so they have enough to eat during the winter.
- Mice are looking for shelter. Mice are warm-blooded animals, so they need to find a warm place to stay during the winter. They will often build nests in insulation, behind walls, or in other warm, dark places.
- Mice may enter homes.
Mice are attracted to heat and food, so they may start to enter homes in the fall and winter. They can enter through small holes or cracks, so it is important to seal up any potential entry points.
If you see signs of mice in your home, it is important to take action to get rid of them. There are a number of things you can do to prevent mice, including:
- Seal up any potential entry points. Mice can enter through very small holes, so it is important to seal up any cracks or gaps around windows, doors, and vents.
- Store food in airtight containers. Mice are attracted to food, so it is important to store food in airtight containers to keep them out.
- Clean up clutter. Mice like to hide in dark, cluttered areas, so it is important to clean up clutter and keep your home clean.
- Set traps. If you have mice in your home, you can set traps to catch them.
Call Protec Pest Control:
- If you have a serious mouse problem, you may need to call us at 208-284-1480.
- By taking these steps, you can help to prevent mice from entering your home and keep your family safe from these pests.
Here are some additional tips to help you prevent mice in the fall and winter:
- Trim back bushes and trees.
- Mice like to use bushes and trees as cover, so trimming them back will make it more difficult for them to get to your home.
- Remove birdseed. Birdseed is a food source for mice, so removing it from your yard will help to deter them.
- Keep your gutters clean. Mice like to use gutters as shelter, so keeping them clean will make it less attractive to them.
- Have your home inspected by Protec Pest Control. We can inspect your home for potential entry points and recommend ways to prevent mice.