I have some mice in my house. I can hear them in the ceiling above my head in the bedroom. I hate that sound.
Every winter since i’ve lived here, we seem to get a small family of what I believe are field mice in the attic. I have no idea how they get in there.
Here are my questions:
I would like to try to end this problem once and for all, so I need to find the openings the mice access to get into the house. So, where do i look? Do mice have the ability to crawl straight up the side of a brick house, and enter in a small hole in the roof area, or do they get in on the ground floor and work their way up into the attic through the walls?
I have NEVER seen any signs of mice in my kitchen or anywhere else in my house (The only evidence of mice are the carcasses of the three or four dead mice i remove from the attic traps every year.)9 I have lived in other homes where this is the first place I see evidence that mice are in the house. But these field mice seem to ignore the food in the kitchen. While I appreciate this, it does seem a bit strange. But I’ve looked, and no open boxes, no droppings, no food of any kind is out or chewed through. There are also no droppings against any walls, or near any openings, like under the dishwasher or refrigerator.
Could they be bringing food in from the outside? Or is it possible that what i am hearing are chipmunks or squirrels and not mice? I set normal mice traps every year, and after a few days, they have been tripped and no more mice sounds. But the truth is, I’ve always wondered if the mice are just collateral damage, and the real pests are still up in the house, eating nuts they’ve stored over the winter.
As they don’t seem to get any food from my kitchen, i can only surmise that they are eating natural edibles found outside.
Based on my description, does anyone have any opinions as to what is up in my attic, and how to find the openings they are using to enter the house? I have never seen anything but small mice in the house, and only in a trap. They like to camp out near the duct work which gets nice and toast when the heat turns on, so i know where to place the traps every year. Problem is, I already placed the traps for this year, and after killing Mickey and his family within the first two days, it seems another family has taken their place.
Thanks for any help.