When considering how mice can get into your home, you need to note the unique characteristics that mice have. These animals are surprisingly equipped for the task of breaking and entering. They are flexible, athletic rodents with a love for living inside man-made structures. Here's what you need to know.
The body of a mouse is somewhat spongy, and its skeletal structure is flexible. When a mouse attempts to get through a tight space, its internal organs shift within its body. Experts have confirmed that if a mouse can get its head through a hole, the rest of its body can fit through. Suppose you take a moment to look at a mouse and consider its head size compared to its body. You'll notice that the head is about one-third the size. That means a mouse can get through a hole that is 1/3 its size. For an adult mouse, that is usually about the size of a dime.
A mouse can jump more than a foot in the air and scale some walls like they're running across the ground. They can also jump across gaps that are several feet. When a mouse explores your exterior, don't expect it to settle on entering through points near the ground. They can work their way up through your downspouts and get on your roof. They can climb a nearby tree and jump down onto your roof. And, on some houses, they can scale exterior walls to get to the roofline and ultimately the roof.
A rodent has teeth that never stop growing. These teeth must be filed down. One way rodents file their teeth down is by chewing on trees and the bark of trees. When they come to your home and find a spot that is rotted, they are inclined to chew on it. If these yield access to avoid, they're likely to investigate.
Rodents will chew on other building materials as well. If a mouse finds a secluded spot to chew on a door sweep or weatherstripping, it may do so. This can be inspired by something leaking out from the inside, such as the scent of food, heat, or cool air.
Now that you understand the unique qualities that allow mice to get into your home, you'll better understand why mice commonly use the following entry points.
How Mice Get In
Gaps in door sweeps or weatherstripping on exterior doors. These may already be present, or they may be created.
Holes in the wood frames around exterior doors and windows. These may have been created by other wood-destroying pests, finished by mice, or entirely created by mice.
Cracks in foundation walls and slabs.
Openings around water and sewage pipes or the PVC wire conduits that enter your home. It doesn't take much of a gap to allow a mouse in.
Damaged screens, broken window panes, and damaged window frames.
Areas of rotted wood, such as the sole plates of your home. They may use holes that carpenter ants, termites, or some other pests have started or create them entirely independently.
Gaps in your soffit or roofline. They may use damage caused by squirrels, carpenter bees, and other pests or make these gaps themselves.
The seals around foundation penetrations, such as exhaust pipes, skylights, and chimneys.
Once a mouse has breached your foundation or exterior windows, doors, or walls, they find themselves in the interior voids of your home, where they use their impressive abilities to make their way all the way up to your attic or all the way down to your first floor, pantry, or cellar. They'll make access holes through soft materials, such as sheetrock, and hard materials, such as baseboards. These access holes are what they use to come out and run along walls in your common areas.
If you see a mouse, it has likely been living with you for quite some time. Mice are typically quiet guests. If you hear them in your walls and are disturbed by their presence as you go to sleep, you may want to thank the mouse, or mice, for making those thumping and scratching noises. Mice can damage your home, destroy your belongings, and make you sick. It is nice if they are loud enough to let you know that they are there.
The Best Way To Get Mice Out
Now that you know how mice get into your home and what tools they use to do this, it is time to consider how you can get them out. In light of their unique skills and ability to cause property damage and health issues, we recommend professional pest control.
If you live in Merrimac, you are in our service area. Contact Freedom Pest Control today and tell us about your rodent problem. We can help you address this frustrating and potentially hazardous pest issue.