Mice infestations are common in the winter, as rodents head inside to escape the cold. However, infestations aren’t always obvious to homeowners if they don’t know what to look for. Here are a few common places to check for mice.
5 Spaces to Look for Mice
Areas with food—such as cookies or chips—attract mice. Place food items in sealed plastic or glass containers to prevent rodents from smelling or reaching any food.
2. Cabinets Under Sinks
Many rodents come into homes via small openings around pipes or vents. They often end up under the kitchen sink next to a garbage can that can serve as a food source for them. Always use a closed trash can and ensure your plumbing and ductwork are sealed to keep mice out.
People don’t enter attics frequently, so mice can live there unnoticed. Attics also have plenty of spaces for them to hide. Additionally, the insulation provides the ideal habitat for mice to breed.
4. Voids in Walls
Mice can easily travel around a home via the walls, which provide shelter from humans. Patch up any holes in your walls with sheetrock or stuff them with steel wool to keep rodents out.
5. Near Paper
When mice prepare to have babies, they create nests out of shredded materials. They often find newspapers, magazines, or books to tear up and curl into a small ball. Keep an eye out for mice near paper sources, such as the recycling, as paper provides an excellent breeding ground for rodents.
If you have a mice infestation this winter, contact Taylor’s Weed & Pest Control in Lea County, NM. Their team has more than 40 years of industry experience. They are members of the New Mexico Pest Management Associaton® and National Pest Management Association®. Call (575) 492-9247 or visit their website to learn more about their pest control services.