Do Mice Hibernate? Whether in the wild or inside a house, mice do not hibernate during cold seasons. They spend the cold months actively foraging for food, seeking shelter (Your home?), and avoiding predators.
Do mice hibernate? Nope. Since mice do not hibernate in winter and actively seek out warm shelter, rodent home invasions are common during this time of the year. Home owners often find mice have moved in when cold weather arrives. These critters will nest in your attic, basement, and wall voids to escape the winter chill. Because mice do not hibernate in winter, they cause a number of not-nice issues while indoors, ranging from the destruction of property to the spread of diseases.
Being indoors during winter has many advantages for the pests. In the wild, changes in climate limit mouse reproduction. However, in warm, temperature-controlled homes, mice can breed all winter long and are capable of producing a new litter every 28 days. Nice.
The house mouse lives in and near houses and on farms. Six to 8 inches long, it has a 3-inch, scaly, nearly hairless tail; and weighs up to 1 ounce. Omnivorous, they eat everything from grain and seeds (their favorite) to paper, glue and household soap (or your lunch if you leave it out…). The house mouse is agile and quick, able to run at at a zippy eight miles per hour.
Do mice hibernate? No, so here are some ways you can proactively prevent and get rid of rodent infestations in your home:
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
- Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests.
- Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.
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