Mice and rats (as well as other rodents) are a lot like those relatives from up north in the winter they are looking for:
No but seriously these rodents’ needs aren’t too much different than humans or other mammals.
Your dwelling provides these 3 needs so it is almost a given they decide to become occupants of garages, attic’s, and every hidden crawl space, gap in the walls in between as their new home. Rapid breeding cycles often make the issue a tough one to handle if not attended too quickly. A concept of money and value to your belongings (sort of like your childrenJ) is surely something these creeps do not possess, they cause damage to your furniture, wiring, siding, sheetrock, etc. They can also carry many known diseases, making it just that more important to deter these pests from your home.
Once in your home they will find a quiet, secluded area where they can access food easily. The obvious place is near the kitchen and pantry however they like hiding behind your warm refrigerator and behind other appliances. Given the opportunity mice will collect supplies like newspaper and card board to build their nests.
Tips to help prevent them from entering your home:
Red flags that mice are already in your home include:
Heavy movement along areas such as skirting boards and cupboards will show smear marks or oily streaks from the rats greasy hair continuously dragging along these common pathways. You will almost certainly begin to notice their droppings or urine marks from where they are marking their territory or communicating with other members of their group. Another obvious sign is areas in which they have started to gnaw or cables which have been eaten through. This can be a common fire hazard if these cables are active and left exposed. You may also hear them moving above you as you lay in bed at night.
Rodents can live from 1 year to 18 months if the conditions are favorable and can multiply very quickly in these luxurious environments. If you notice that mice are in your home, there are various things you need to try. What to do first once mice have entered your home: