Mice are a plague that has been around for quite some time; they eat the food we leave unattended or damage many of our belongings. But did you know that they make nests in the home? It happens when we don’t act rapidly.
Mouse nests are more common than you might think, and in this article we explain how to identify them, to find a solution to this pest.
Why do mice nest in houses?
There are people who love mice, who like to see them playing in groups or eating food with their little hands. However, they are no longer lovable when they are not domesticated, and they infest houses.
This is usually the case with the mouse we encounter in houses, which enters the home as it is the most adaptable of all the mice species existing. They are omnivorous animals and therefore everything in your kitchen and the rest of the house is a delicacy to them.
It only takes one entry point for the mouse to enter, and through its developed sense of smell it will notice where all the food is, and if it finds it with a bit of luck, it will enjoy it fully.
Mice have various reasons for nesting, including breeding and sheltering the litter, staying warm, guarding the food and protecting the young from predators and other threats.
When the mice move into a house, the male and female are motivated to build a suitable nest because, like other animals, they do everything in their power to survive, even if it is at our expense.
What are mouse nests made of?
Because they are made for the breeding, the nests must be comfortable enough to house it. They consist of things that the rodents have collected from the house, such as food wrappers, scraps of cloth, newspaper, and pillow stuffing.
Mouse nests are not as neat as bird nests, as they simply take various materials and group them into a ball without any specific order. However, the important thing is that the nest is comfortable so that the breeding can survive.
Another aspect to consider when looking for a nest is that you check the droppings. The size tells you if you have a plague of mice or if your home is infested with rats. Mice droppings are smaller than those of rats, measuring between 3 and 6 mm in length.
The droppings are an important sign, as they indicate the activity of the nest. The presence of an abandoned nest does not imply that mice are living in it.
Where to look for mouse nests
When mice are wild, they live in dense undergrowth, grass or bushes. In contrast, inside a house, mice build their nests in enclosed, warm, quiet spaces, which include the following:
- A box with a filling represents a cosy place for mouse nests.
- The mice usually chew on the plasterboard to get into these hidden areas without noise, just like in the cartoons.
- Holes under floor cabinets.
- Smelly mouse debris is often seen on fake ceiling tiles, and if the rodent pests are frequent, they will eventually saturate and deteriorate them.
- Mice like to invade refrigerator engine compartments and holes in other appliances, biting into wiring and causing damage that leads to expensive repairs.
- Hidden and underused areas in garages are the mice’s favourite nesting places.
Of course, mice like to be near their nest when they find a food source. If you see a mouse in the kitchen, it is very likely that the nest is close by, although this rule has some exceptions.
What do you do if you find a mouse nest?
First, avoid touching the nest with your bare hands, put on gloves and a mask to dismantle it. Place the waste in a bucket if there are mice inside.
As soon as the nest is empty, throw it away or burn it as if it were dangerous waste. Remember to clean all the leftovers and excrements with some disinfectant and thus liquidate the bacteria present in the place.
There are preventive measures that can help you keep mice away. Therefore, make sure that the ideal conditions do not exist for a mouse nest to build up again.
- Seal your food in airtight containers, keep your kitchen clean. Mice need about 3 grams of food a day, and even smaller amounts of food are enough for them to survive.
- Periodically clean and check your garage and disused motors to diagnose possible nests.
- If you have old cardboard boxes, we recommend that you discard them. If you need them to store things, it is preferable to use plastic or metal containers because of their resistance.
- If you have a wardrobe full of old clothes, you should get rid of them if you do not use them. Seasonal clothes can be stored in a reserved area, given away or reused. Do not leave your clothes within reach of mice, as they are precious objects for them to nest in.
- Move around your house and check possible entrances such as slots or holes, especially near sockets, pipes and the inside of drawers.
It takes only one mouse to begin create a nest, that’s why infestations can be more severe than they appear. If this situation gets out of hand, hire experts to help you exterminate these pests.