Mice require the same basic accommodations for life during the winter that most other animals do. As the weather begins to change in autumn, mice will often begin making their way indoors for a safe warm place to wait out the winter. These reasons are among the most common that mice will invade homes during the fall.
One of the most prominent reasons that mice will invade homes is for the food sources that are easily obtainable. Most homeowners will leave food unprotected in cabinets and pantries allowing mice to easily feed themselves. Pet food that is left out is often also targeted by mice and other pests.
During the winter months, homes function as a warm, temperature controlled haven for mice and other pests. Because life would be hard to carry on in the outside world, mice and other rodents will nest within homes for the warmth they provide to sustain them. These warm locations allow for easy nesting and reproduction.
Homes will often allow for easy water access from a wide variety of sources. Often this water supply can be obtained from leaky pipes and poor humidity control. Controlling the amount of water within your home can help control the mouse populations that remain inside.
In the outside world, mice are at risk of being attacked by several potential predators. When nesting in a home, the threat of being killed or eaten by predators is greatly diminished. This added security during the winter is seen as an added bonus to mice populations.
If you are dealing with a pest problem at your home or business, give us a call to start a no-obligation pest evaluation. The talented technicians at Arrow Exterminators can identify any type of pest and the best course of treatment to get rid of it. We’ll create a custom pest control plan to make sure we eliminate every single one from your home and keep them away for good!