85% Of Homes Have Been Invaded By Mice In The Past 6 Months, They Enter Homes Through Dime-Sized Openings, And They Eat 30 Types Of Human Foods Per Night
During the spring and summer seasons, mice forage outdoors, but come fall, the nuisance and medically significant pests seek out warm shelter within homes where they can hunker down for the winter. Infestations of mice are epidemic within homes and businesses during the fall in all areas of the country, but they are particularly problematic in highly populated cities. Don Lerman of the Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program refers to seasonal mice infestations as “the fall invasion,” and he states that the critters are not just attracted to homes for the warm shelter that they provide, but they can also follow the warm scent of baked food that emanates from homes during the holiday season. Lerman also states that 85 percent of homes, no matter how clean or dirty the interior living space, have been invaded by at least a small number of mice within the last six months. However, even when mice establish infestations, homeowners often fail to recognize their presence until their numbers became so numerous that some can no longer fit into overcrowded indoor hiding spots.
As anyone can guess, mice can secure shelter within a variety of indoor harborages where they can easily go unnoticed by homeowners until the arrival of the spring season. The most common indoor harborages include wall voids, the area beneath floorboards, and even attic spaces. Mice also tend to kick-back for the winter in cardboard boxes that are rarely moved, such as storage boxes kept in basements, closets and attics. Unfortunately, mice that inhabit storage boxes often chew away at what is inside, and even worse, they may destroy valuables, keepsakes and mementos by regularly urinating and defecating within boxes. Mice come out of their hiding places at night in order to seek out food sources, and experts claim that one mouse will feed on at least 30 different food sources per night, particularly grease found on kitchen surfaces, which is their favorite. Mice avoid drawing attention to themselves by waiting until a home’s occupants have gone to sleep, and they do not need to risk exposure by peeking around corners, as they wait for the sound of plumbing to cease before taking over a household. However, mice are often noticed by residents upon returning home after being gone for a period of time.
Have you ever spotted a mouse scurry into an obscure indoor area after returning to your home after a lengthy absence?