How Mice Get Into Tupelo Homes

When you hear a mouse inside your walls, it could make you wonder, "How on earth did a mouse get in there?" Today, we're going to remove the mystery. Here are a few highly probable ways a mouse can go from scurrying around in your yard to bumping and scraping inside the walls of your Tupelo home.

Roof Trough

Mice are great climbers, and they like to climb. If a mouse is exploring a tree in your yard, it could scale it like a squirrel does. It might then run down a branch and leap onto your roof. Once a mouse gets onto your roof, it can chew and scrape on the shingles of your roofline and gain entrance into your roofline trough. If there is a direct route, a mouse can simply enter into your wall voids from there. If a route isn't available, it is equipped with strong teeth that can chew through wood and other building materials.

Seals Around Roof Penetrations

A mouse can scale the sides of most homes. It is amazing to watch. They do this by clinging to rough surfaces with their sharp claws. Fortunately, they can't get to your roof by climbing your walls. They're not able to grip your soffits like a mountain climber and work their way out and over it. But a clever mouse has a way to get past your roofline. Mice have the ability to climb up your downspouts in the same way they go up and down through wall voids. If they're able to do this, they can get onto your roof by going through your gutter system. Once on your roof, a mouse can chew and claw to get in through the seal around pipes and other roof penetrations. The seal of an exhaust pipe keeps rainwater and pests from getting into the voids within your roof. If a mouse gets in there, it can diligently chew its way to your wall voids.

Door Sweeps And Weather Stripping

A mouse can easily chew through the materials that protect the seals around your doors. What typically keeps them from doing this is that the seal is complete, and the little mouse doesn't know there is anything of interest on the other side. Another reason it may not do this is when there are no objects near the door to provide them with a place to hide if a predator shows up. But, given a small hole, a mouse might do one of two things:

A mouse can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime. If you know that a mouse is between 2 ½ and 3 ¾ inches long (not including the tail), this might seem impossible, but it is true. If a mouse can fit its head through a hole, it can get the rest of its body through.
When a mouse discovers a hole that is too small, it can chew on it until it is large enough for the little mouse to squeeze through.

When a mouse gets into your home, it will run along walls and find places to hide. From a place of cover, it can chew through sheetrock, paneling, baseboards, and other building materials to gain access to your wall voids.

Door And Window Frames

If a little mouse explores your exterior and notices wood that is rotting, it may be inclined to chew on the wood. This is because mice have incisors that never stop growing. These teeth need to be filed down. Door and window frames tend to have issues with moisture. When spores attach and wood rot begins, pests come to nibble. If a mouse nibbles on your frames, it can find its way into the void within your frames. The next step is to nibble their way into your wall voids.

Storage Boxes

If conditions are right, a mouse might get into your home by hitchhiking. They like to chew on cardboard, and they typically get into storage boxes. If you have a shed, a mouse could find its way into a box, and you could bring that mouse inside when you grab the box out of storage. Once that mouse gets into your home, it will search for a place of cover and chew a hole to get into your walls. To a mouse, this is like chewing a hole to get into the cavity of a tree.

When Mice Get Inside

Do you have a mouse problem in your Tupelo home? It wouldn't be surprising. Tupelo mice are quite resourceful. Reach out to us and tell us about your rodent problem. We use industry-leading pest control methods and Integrated Pest Management to get control of mice and rats. We'll figure out how they're getting in and make it so that they no longer do. Call us today, we can help! 

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