Do Mice Hibernate in Winter?
House mice do not hibernate through the winter. They take this time to forage for food so they can store it for later. And as a result, the winter weather forces the little rodents to where the food is – inside! This means that you’re more likely to have a mouse infestation in the winter than you are in the warmer months.
How Do Mice Get In?
Believe it or not, mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a pencil eraser. They can easily squeeze through holes or cracks in a foundation, through holes in a crawl space’s vent louvers, and between a structure’s siding and concrete block.
Mice are also incredible swimmers. It’s not uncommon for the rodents to enter a home through sewer lines or by climbing up drain pipes.
How to Tell if You Have Mice
Just because you don’t see mice in your home or facility doesn’t mean that you don’t have them. In most cases, if you have mice, you’ll notice their droppings. The droppings are small, black or brown, and have a shape and size similar to that of a grain of rice. Other common signs include evidence of nesting, gnawing marks on doors, furniture, and other wood products, or damage to packaged foods and dry goods.
Another sign of mice is greasy tracks along the floor. If they mice are passing through a dusty area, you’ll also notice footprints and tail tracks, especially in the areas closest to the walls. Mouse activity increases after dark, so if you think you have a problem, looking for mice at night will present you with the best chance of “catching them in the act.” Other signs of mice include squeaks, sounds of movement, and unexplained noises coming from behind the walls.
Think You Have Mice? Don’t Wait – Call JP McHale Today!
If you have found evidence of a mice infestation in your restaurant, hotel, or facility, don’t wait – call JP McHale today. Mice and other rodents are highly destructive and are often disease-carrying pests that can create unhealthy environments wherever they reside. JP McHale can eradicate your rodent infestation quickly and effectively. We’re a family-owned and operated business in New York City and we put our customers first each and every time. We’re here to help so give us a call today.