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What Mice are Doing Now and Later

 

Mice are fairly predictable. Once you know what their modus operandi is, you’ll know better what to look for. We track mouse behavior through the year in Rochester neighborhoods, from Honeoye Falls to Pittsford. Want to know if we serve your neighborhood? Drop us a line.

What did Rochester mice do in the spring?

Mice start moving around more as they exit their nests and can go outside. They are mating often and bearing a lot of young. If you see mice in your home or office, call us immediately, because seeing them means there is already a big problem. It also means that they’ve probably been hiding in your walls, attic, basements, and any other place they can get into. A mouse can fit itself through an opening the size of a nickel in places hard for us to reach.

What are Rochester mice doing this summer?

In the summer, the mice that we started spring with have advanced by several generations. Mileage will vary, but female mice can have about up to a dozen litters every year with six to twelve pups in each litter. They reach sexual maturity in about four to six weeks. Mice will be out and about to make the most of the abundance of food in our yards, gardens, garbage bins, and storage compartments.

What are Rochester mice going to do this fall?

Mice are going to find as much food as they can and stash it in out-of-the-way spots. They like grains, seeds, pet food, and other items that will keep well. They will also build nests in carefully selected locations. This means your house, your garage, your workplace, your outbuildings, and public buildings like restaurants and schools. Once mice know that a place suits them, they will remember and come back for multiple generations.

What are Rochester mice going to do this winter?

Breeding will slow in the winter, but mice can and will have babies all year long. They’ll be hiding in the nests they build in the autumn. These are usually made of organic material like shredded paper, wood chips, cardboard, cloth, and other such materials that humans provide them. Cached food is usually not enough to last all winter, but that’s no problem for a mouse in your home. They’ll just wait until the lights are turned off to come out and forage, not only for their staples but extra treats like fruit and boxed cereal.

Give Rochester Pest Pro a call to see what comprehensive pest control for rodents can do for you. We offer a seasonal maintenance program to make sure that your space is always off-limits to mice and other rodents no matter the season. Contact us on our website or call (585) 486-4815