Mice are wild creatures who are very adaptable and know how to survive any condition. Yes! We all know that. But did you ever consider mice as acrobats? No way! Or you are curious to know if mice can climb walls, stairs, ceilings, and your home’s exterior to get inside?
If you are, then keep scrolling because this blog is about to answer your curiosity and inquisitiveness. Read on to learn about the climbing abilities of house mice.
Let’s get going!
Can mice really climb?
Oh, yes. They can. Mice have mastered the art of climbing. They are well aware of their God-gifted skills and know-how to use them to the max. Mice can scale both interior and exterior walls effortlessly. They can also climb long-distance wires and pipes. Even cases have been reported where a house mouse is spotted climbing a well.
Despite the distance from the ground, mice manage to get into attics and spread into the rest of the house by climbing up trees, bricks, stucco, along the sidings of the wall, or any porous surface with nooks and crannies. Moreover, the pitter-patter sound coming from inside your walls is not because mice are walking across the floor level. They are climbing up walls and onto ceilings.
A house mouse will climb up walls along trim boards or objects that help them to climb easily. Since there are more available objects inside the walls, such as outlet boxes, pipes, wires, nails, and batts insulation, mice can climb and make their way to different areas of your house without any problem.
Even though mice cannot use stairs the “normal” way with their small feet, they can still climb concrete, wood, or carpeted stairs. They can climb up along the edge of the stairwell or on the hand railing and can even run up along the face and foot of each stair. They can climb any stairs with ease.
What materials and objects can mice climb?
Apart from smooth surfaces, mice can climb on almost anything as the materials through which your home is built, are very mice-friendly and “climb-able.” That said, listed below are some examples of what mice can climb:
- Aluminum, cedar, vinyl, redwood, and all sorts of siding.
- Brick, rock, stucco, and other building materials.
- Rough Metal surfaces, unless the metal is too tall.
- Trees and branches that are hanging over your house.
- Wooden furniture.
- Gutter downspouts.
What makes mice such good climbers?
- The tiny claws of mice make it easier for them to fit into minute pores, cracks, crevices in your ceiling, wall, or other objects to climb up.
- They are extremely strong and can hold on tight to surfaces, both vertically and horizontally.
- Mice can stretch their bodies that help them lay them flat against the wall or any other surfaces without falling off.
- Mice balance and adjust while climbing with the help of their tails.
Mice are smart, agile, and excellent climbers, and we cannot de-claw them to stop them from climbing in and around our house. However, we can take measures by reaching out to pest control professionals to eradicate mice from your home and prevent re-infestation of mice.