When you think of a mouse hole, do you imagine a nicely cut, U-shaped rounded entrance? Well! You can find such beautiful mouse holes only in “Tom & Jerry” cartoons, where Jerry lives and moves around whenever he pleases. Jerry is indeed a wonderful house guest, who has a beautiful mouse hole, but the reality isn’t so pleasant. In actuality, jerry doesn’t exist, and mouse holes are messy, destructive and a sign of disease-carrying and property damaging mice infestation.
Moreover, spotting mouse holes isn’t as easy as you think. It is nothing like the ones we see in the cartoons. So, what does a mouse hole looks like?
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Mouse holes are seldom a doorway that is a direct gateway to their nests. Instead, mouse holes are nothing but an access point to get into your house. You will find mouse nests hidden in secluded, quiet, and closed-off areas where human traffic is limited. Mouse holes will appear as:
- hollowed crack in the foundation
- the damaged piece of paneling or wall
- space formed by the crumbling mortar
- the gap between two parts of building material
Now that we know what mouse holes look like, let’s understand the different types of mouse holes.
Involuntary Mouse Holes
These are the already existing holes in your house through which mice sneak inside your home. These “inadvertent” mouse holes act as highways for mice to travel through your home. Some of the examples of inadvertent mouse holes include openings for plumbing, electrical wiring, vents, HVAC systems, conduits, cable, and phone lines.
You can spot these mouse holes underneath your bathroom or kitchen sink and near the openings of water lines and drain pipes. The plumbing is usually installed before the cabinet. A small space in the wood is opened to allow plumbing into your home. Since the hole is big, it allows mice to use these pipes to travel in your house.
Natural Mouse Holes
Mice prefer to live outdoors. They only sneak in during extreme weather conditions. In the wild, mice tend to burrow holes. They can build homes in any place where they can fit, such as in tree cavities, under rocks, and in abandoned burrows.
Mice are extremely crafty critters. They build camouflaged burrows to keep predators away. It features multiple rooms where they can nest and store food. While detecting mouse holes indoors is difficult, spotting an exposed mouse hole outdoors is also tough to identify because their nesting holes are made naturally, either by jamming a stick in the dirt or dislodging a rock.
You can also find natural holes in your yard where mice shelter, such as in woodpiles, in foundation crevices, under decks, and inside any undisturbed places in your yard.
If you see a mouse hole, do not attempt to block off a mouse’s hole, as it can cause more damage to your home and will chew its way to your home and your peace. While you can try to seal them with steel wool upon discovering them. Reaching out to pest control professionals is the best route to take in order to eradicate mice infestation from the root source.