When Do Indoor House Mice Seek Food Sources, And How Do They Locate Water Within Homes?
Several mouse species that are known for invading homes can be found throughout Pennsylvania, including house mice, white-footed mice and deer mice. The latter two species generally favor outdoor habitats, but they frequently invade homes during the fall and winter seasons in order to secure warm shelter. The house mouse, on the other hand, is the most frequently encountered pest species within homes, and they establish indoor infestations in Pennsylvania all year round. House mice have been exploiting human food sources within human dwellings for thousands of years, which has made the rodents uniquely well adapted to surviving within homes and buildings. In many circumstances, house mice favor indoor rather than outdoor habitats, as homes and buildings protect house mice from predators and extreme weather conditions. In fact, vast numbers of house mice can avoid human detection within homes despite their reliance on human foods as one of their main sources of sustenance.
In order for house mice to stealthily access stored food within homes, the rodent pests limit their foraging activity to the nighttime hours when humans are asleep, or while humans are out of a home. Although house mice are adept at navigating indoor environments, foraging in the dark is made even more challenging by their naturally bad eyesight. In order to compensate for the lack of visibility within homes during the nighttime hours, house mice habitually travel along wall edges in their pursuit of stored food items. Accessing elevated food items kept within kitchen cupboards and pantry shelves is not an issue for house mice, as the rodents are able to rapidly travel a fair distance up rough vertical surfaces, and they can hop 12 inches from the ground. The average house mouse requires 1/10 oz of food per day, and unlike humans, house mice do not need to secure sources of free water, as they extract water from the food they eat. However, if house mice encounter free water within a home, they will drink it, and they are partial to sugary fruit drinks. Sealing cracks, crevices and other small entry points on the external walls of a home will deny house mice access indoors, and snap traps are ideal for eliminating the rodents within homes.
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