The fall season is signified by a number of factors, from the leaves changing colour to a drop in temperature. The season is also a time when critters decide to try and gain entry into your home to stay warm and seek safety from predators. Mice are a big problem in the fall for many homeowners. When fall begins, mice start to move from outdoors to indoors, often using houses as their new dwelling and a place to store food.
So why do mice like to come inside the home during the fall? The reality is that mice live in attics and the walls of a home year-round. However, mice will stay outdoors for extended periods of time during the summer months so they go unnoticed. They like the warm weather and it’s easy to find food sources. In the fall, mice tend to begin to stay indoors, so they are more noticed.
The population of mice will peak during the late summer and early fall as conditions are favourable. Once the temperatures begin to drop, the activity of mice in the home will pick up. The mice will be moving back and forth inside the home creating a stockpile of food.
Signs of an Infestation
During the fall months, look around your home for signs of an infestation. The activity of the mice can be seen in different ways. There are common signs that you can look for to signal that mice are in the home. This can include mouse droppings, which are normally seen below the sink and near appliances as well as in garage areas. You may also begin to hear sounds such as scurrying or scratching behind the walls.
Because the mice are staying in the home more often than not, you will also see the creatures running about. This is, of course, a clear sign that you have a problem. Chew marks will also be seen in areas such as door frames, furniture, and food packaging.
Removing the Mice
Once you know that your home is affected by mice, you will need to contact mice removal services. Experts in wildlife control will be able to review your home, find the entry and exit points, to create a plan of removal. Once the mice are removed, a plan of action will need to be created to ensure the mice do not return. This will include closing off entry and exit points, changing cleaning habits, etc. You want to be sure you do not leave food out overnight, tempting mice to visit your home in the future. Cleaning up spills, crumbs and leftover food is one of the best ways to avoid a mice issue in the home.
At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we specialize in mice removal. Our technicians provide excellent service, reviewing your home thoroughly to create a quality plan of action. After the mice are removed, we take great care to include preventative measures so your home is not affected by mice in the future. When you see mice in your home, contact our office to schedule an appointment for quick removal!