Have you ever noticed that when mice infest a house, they often take over the attic? This seems to be a popular place for mice to make a home, and during the winter months in Colorado, this is especially true. Envirotech Pest Solutions is here to talk about why mice like your attic so much and how you can rid it of them when they try to take it over.
Why Do Mice Like the Attic so Much?
The biggest draw for mice to set up shop in your attic is the access to food and shelter. In the winter months, these two things can be especially hard to find, so if there is an opportunity to snag a spot in your attic to reside in the cold months, any mice will jump at it. It is likely that the mice don’t have to worry about any other animal or creature causing them any harm up there, because they are usually the only ones there. Sounds like the perfect spot for winter.
Signs of Mice in Your Attic
One of the first signs that you have a mice infestation in your attic, is the scratching sounds created by them scuttling around up there. You will most likely hear them up there doing whatever it is they do during the day and night. Once you hear them tirelessly working to build their house up there, you will be able to spot them by the droppings and the nest they leave behind. You should know that when you hear scratching and moving around up in the attic, it could be a number of small animals and rodents, not just mice.
How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Attic
There are several steps you can take to ensure mice don’t make your attic their next home.
1. Seal Off Access Points– If you see any holes or cracks that lead into your attic, they need to be repaired to keep mice out. A mouse can fit through a hole roughly the size of a dime. Don’t underestimate the mouse’s ability to practically shrink in order to fit in a hole. If you have any vents into your attic, you should cover them with some sort of netting or mesh to keep mice from climbing into them.
2. Don’t Feed the Mice– When you find mice up in your attic, you want to remove any nests up there. After removing nests, remove any food they may be chewing on as well. If they can’t find any food, they will move on and find somewhere else to live.
3. Trap or Poising Lingering Mice– If you find that you have mice left behind, you can try poisoning them or trapping them to get them out of there. Don’t forget to check traps regularly as well as the rest of your attic for dead mice. If they are left up there, they will start to smell really bad.
Mice, Rat & Rodent Control
If you are having a hard time getting rid of mice or other rodents in your attic, Envirotech Pest Solutions can help you get rid of them in a hurry. Mice multiply quickly, so if you have a mouse problem you can’t get a handle on, don’t hesitate to call us today!