Mouse Inspection Guide
Learn Where Mice Live, Hide, Nest, & When They Come Out
Mice Live Near Humans
What do Mice eat?In the wild, House mice feed primarily on plant material but will also accept dairy and meat products. In human habitation, House mice will eat any available human foods as well as glue, soap, and paper.
When do Mice come out?Since house mice are nocturnal and are averse to bright light lights, house mice usually come out after sunset.
Signs of Mice
- Inside or beneath kitchen and bathroom cabinets
- Inside or behind cabinet or desk drawers
- Under or behind kitchen kitchen appliances
- Under furniture or inside upholstered furniture voids
- In secluded corners of cluttered rooms, garages or attics
- Inside stored cardboard boxes
- Voids in walls or ceilings, usually near heat sources
- In water heater closets
- Droppings - The most obvious sign of house mice will be the presence of droppings, which are about 1/8-1/4 inch long and rod shaped
- Gnaw marks - House mice gnaw small, clean holes about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. You may find gnawing damage from House mice on cardboard boxes and paper which they have shredded for nesting material.
- Gathered nesting material - Mice construct nests from various soft materials which could include shredded paper, cardboard, insulation or cotton.
- Squeaking or gnawing sounds - While mice like to hide as much as possible they can be rather noisy at night.The squeak quite loudly while socializing with each other. Following the sounds can help locate the nesting areas.
- Food tampering - Mice are scavengers and will eat most foods they can get access to, including fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and pet food. Mice will gnaw through food packages to obtain the food inside. Check food packages in pantries and pet food containers for evidence that mice have gnawed into the package or otherwise tampered with the food.
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