If you find you have a mouse infestation, a reasonable question you might ask is – how do mice get in? It makes perfect sense to think, if I can answer that question, I can work out how to get rid of them.
There is some logic to that. But in answering the question, how do mice get in, in a way that leads to a useful answer, it’s a good idea to take account of mice habitats and how mice behave.
Put simply, it is probably best to take the view that mice don’t get in, they are in already. A more important question then is, how to mice get into my living space? The simple answer is that they can get through the smallest of openings, including gaps between pipes and walls, and skirting board. But more on that later.
Mice – sharing our space
Most mice problems are caused by a species called house mice (Mus musculus).
They have evolved to live in tandem with us humans in our houses and buildings, where they find three things they need to survive, and if they are in abundance, to thrive. These are:
Shelter – a place to live, where they can keep away as best they can from predators and live undisturbed.
Warmth – material for nesting in an environment where they can stay snug. The colder it is, the more food they need to keep up energy levels.
Food – a ready supply of nourishment. Bear in mind that house mice have evolved eating habits more in line with us humans. Yes, they like grains, they get those from cereals we scatter on the floor as we fill our bowls. But they also like fats, meat and even chocolate as well.
This means many buildings, blocks of flats, commercial buildings and lot of detached private homes, are hosts to populations of house mice. There is no point asking ‘How do mice get in?’. They were there all along!
They live in cavities in walls, under floors and in ceilings. Buildings with cavity wall insulation are ideal, because there are gaps between walls, and plenty of nesting material – the insulation!
Notice mice? You have a problem!
You might only start to notice the mice if circumstances change. For example, if the amount of food increases. So, if you start getting particularly clumsy with the muesli, or you start leaving food out, the mice population can grow rapidly.
Then, because they are active at night, you might start to see more tell-tale signs – mouse poo on the floor, scurrying sounds in the walls or ceilings. And if you are up late at night, just out of the corner of your eye, a little grey shape dashing under a kitchen cupboard.
Once you get to this stage, you know you have a pretty serious mouse problem, and asking how do mice get in is pretty superfluous. The question is, how do you get them out. How do you get rid of mice you’ve got?
Protecting your living space
The answer, then, is not to stop mice getting into your property, but to stop them getting into your living space.
For many of us, who live in flats, terraces houses, or semi-detaches houses, we will find it very difficult to stop mice getting into buildings. But, if we stop them getting into our living spaces, we prevent them reaching one of those three things they need to survive – food.
Without food, there is no reason for them to stick around. Mice forage for food close to where they nest – they want to make sure the journey to work (finding food) is as short as possible, so it is as safe as possible.
So, if they don’t have access to food, they have to leave to find a building, or another part of the building, where they can find food. So, the mice are gone.
Mouse proofing answers the mouse problem
That is why SUPERPROOF is the answer to your mouse problem. Mouse proofing puts in place the most effective way to control mice.
We have developed sophisticated methods to identify and block every possible way mice can get into your living space. There are many such entrance points. Most of them hidden away, and nigh on impossible to reach without the right tools and techniques.
We use specialist techniques, combinations of materials, and tools, that we have developed over a decade of mouse proofing work to perfect our mouse control solution.
It’s a way to get rid of mice that’s so effective that we give all our household customers a guarantee that the mice will be gone for at least 6 months after we have mouse proofed a property.
Once your property is Superproofed, mice cannot get in. They cannot reach your food. So, they move to another building where, put simply, the lid to the proverbial cookie jar is still open.
So, if you find yourself asking, how do the mice get in, ask this question instead: how do the mice get into my living space? Then, call the experts with the answers. SUPERPROOF.