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When Are Mouse Infestations Most Common?

Wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) with cute brown eyes looking in the camera on white background

Mice can enter the home at any time of the year, but there are certain periods when an infestation is much more likely. These periods are known as mouse season, and it’s important to know when mouse season is and how to prepare for it.

Mouse season

Mice, like most animals, thrive during the spring and the summer. Temperatures are going up and food is abundant. As a result, mice will reproduce at a much higher rate. However, as fall arrives and the temperatures start to drop, the mice will start to look for ways to keep warm, and this is when they are much more likely to infest the home.

How to keep your home safe

To keep your home safe during periods of high mouse activity, you will need to rely on tried and tested prevention methods. These methods include removing all the incentives that mice have to come inside and all access points that they can use to get into the building

There are three main incentives to deal with: food, shelter and water. Food is abundant in any home, and it needs to be kept in sealed containers in order to prevent most pest infestations. Water will usually come from pipe leaks inside the walls, and these leaks can lead to many pest infestations, not just mice. When it comes to denying the mice shelter, you have to make sure that there is no clutter in the home and that you keep your home as clean as possible.

In terms of access points, mice can use any crack or gap that is wider than a quarter of an inch. Mice are also excellent acrobats so all of these entry points, whether they are near the foundation of the home, or the roof, have to be sealed.

Getting rid of a mouse infestation

It’s very likely that you will get a mouse infestation during the winter if you live in an area with a large mouse population and if you do not take any preventive measures. In order to deal with such an infestation, it’s best to hire a pest control company that can ensure that all the mice in the home will be removed swiftly. Contact us today if you have any questions about how mouse infestations manifest themselves or if you have an infestation to be removed.

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