Mice in your attic

Mice in your attic is a very common problem.  In fact, it’s so common I’d say that 6 out of 10 houses we service that have mice have mice in the attic.  Mice are averaging way above the norm when it comes to being attic dwellers and here’s why.

In past articles I’ve discussed how mice get into the garage and even touched upon how they may get into the attic, but today I have proof of their entry into a Bethel, CT home.

The picture to the right was taken by me at the top of a 20′ chimney.  What this picture shows is that mice have climbed the side of the fireplace frame and gained  access into the attic through the gap that separates the chimney from the soffit.  If you look close what you’ll see is that there are mouse droppings sticking out from the ventilation gaps in the soffit.  If you look even closer you’ll also see urine stains.

This is how mice are gaining access to a Bethel Ct attic
This is how mice are gaining access to a Bethel Ct attic

How’d they get there?

Mice have great agility.  They can climb, swim, dig, jump and even survive a fall from 3 stories.  So getting into an attic isn’t really an issue. The rough texture of the bricks allow them to gain a foothold and easily climb as high as they need to go.

How’d they get in?

Mice in your attic don’t always have to chew their way in.  In fact, more often than not there’s usually already a hole made.  Remember this as a guide.  If the average person can stick their small finger into the hole then that’s plenty large enough for a mouse.

But’s it cold in my attic

Mice don’t need an ambient room temperature of 68 degrees to be comfortable.  A mouse will burrow into your attic insulation closest to the drywall and all the heat from the main living area will keep them plenty warm.

Do they leave?

Truth is that a mouse in your attic can live, breed and be plenty happy in your attic.  Don’t plan on a mouse leaving on his own.  They need to be evicted.

If you have mice in your attic and you’re looking to have them evicted, call Envirocare Pest Control, LLC at 1-888-879-6481.  We can help!