Dealing with mice in the attic is not pleasant. However, it is very common. In fact, it is one of the most common pest infestations we deal with. Our customers are always perplexed as to how the infestation came about. So, we put together a list of the most common questions we get asked on the subject.
1. How do mice access attics?
There are three ways in which mice access attics Firstly, mice are adept climbers. Mice climb drainpipes or trees. And once they access a roofline, they find the smallest crevices to access attics. Secondly, mice can access your home from the ground floor. Then, once inside, travel up through the walls to locate the attic. And finally, mice can travel through from a neighbours attic. Which is more likely in older houses. Although, this is only possible with terrace or semi-detached houses. For obvious reasons.
2. Why do mice like attics?
There are many reasons that mice like attics. Firstly, attics are commonly unoccupied and used for storage. Mice are skittish and don’t like to be in areas occupied by people or pets. Additionally, they do not like open exposed areas. Therefore, attics are their dream nesting location. Nesting amongst the clutter offers them safety and security.
Secondly, mice seek warmth. Especially in the winter. Since heat rises, attics are usually the warmest place in a home. Additionally, attic insulation offers mice ideal warm nesting material.
And finally, mice need to grind their teeth down daily. Attics, with wooden beams, cardboard boxes, and stored goods provide an abundance of materials to keep their incisors in check.
3. What are the signs of mice in my attic?
There are many signs of mice inhabiting an attic. Noise is usually the first indication. Scraping and squeaking noises is an indication of a mouse infestation. Mice are nocturnal. Therefore, nighttime is when the noises are most prominent. And more often than not, come from the walls. As mice travel from the attic through the walls to find food and water.
Finding droppings proves a mouse infestation. Search the attic and the back of kitchen drawers and cabinets. As well as any unoccupied areas in your home. At this point, you may also notice urine. Mice dribble urine as they travel. Urine odour is another sign to be vigilant for.
Additionally, while searching the attic, look for nests. Mice make nests from found materials. Such as newspapers, cardboard etc. And locate the in hard to reach areas. So, they feel safe and protected.
4. How do I get rid of mice in my attic?
Read the Ultimate Guide to Getting Rid of Mice. Here, we do a deep dive into how to successfully eradicate a mouse issue. From DIY to professional solutions. This post has all the information you need.
5. How can I make sure the mice won’t come back?
Eradication alone doesn’t solve a mouse infestation. Without pest proofing, the infestation is likely to reoccur. Pest proofing involves finding and sealing any potential entry points within a property. Proofing should be carried out by a professional. As successful proofing requires skill, expertise and proper materials. Additionally, disinfection treatments are necessary after having mice in the attic. But that is another blog post in itself!
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