How Do Mice Get Inside?

And How to Keep Them Out

Mouse chewing through a wall

You thought you had everything buttoned up, but suddenly you hear little scurrying inside your walls or in the attic. How did mice get inside? And what can you do to keep them out?

How Mice Get Inside

Mice get inside your home when they find an opening big enough to let them through. Don’t let that little crack fool you! A baby mouse only needs a hole as big as a pen to sneak in, while an adult can fit in a dime-sized hole. Mice get inside your home to find a warm space to nest, safety from predators, and food.

How to Keep Mice Out

Keep your home tidy. If you want to prevent rodents, you have to be a poor host. They won’t just like the warmth of your home—they’ll love it if you leave food out for them too. Don’t let them think you’re welcoming them by improperly storing food in your garage or basement. Keep everything locked and sealed tight, and be sure to sweep your garage regularly.

Store things the right way. Store firewood piles or anything else rodents can live in at least 20 feet from your home. And if you have a lot of boxes lying around, find a way to consolidate them so there aren’t any cozy places for a critter to make a home.

Watch for infestations. No matter how hard you try, rodents will sometimes find their way into your house, but it won’t always be obvious they’re there. Check periodically for feces—it’s sometimes the only sign of them. You might also hear the scurrying around or see gnaw marks where there weren’t any before.

Get help from Green Pest Solutions. We believe preventative care is one of the best ways to keep mice out. Call us today to learn about our rodent extermination services and how our preventative programs can help keep pests like mice out of your home.