After checking some common signs that you have mice in your home, your initial thought is to get rid of them! This will include searching for a nest, but where do mice nest in a house?
To ensure that all of the mice are gone, you will need to find any live mice, along with any nest they may have created.
In this post, we will guide you through the most common places that mice will set up a nest in your home.
What Does a Mouse Nest Look Like?
First of all, we need to take a look at the structure of a mice nest, so you know what you are looking for.
Mice nests can be made up of any material, it depends entirely on what material is available for the mice to use, which makes it a little difficult.
The most common nesting material used by a house mouse setting up a nest in your home are:
- Paper (and shredded paper)
- Cardboard Boxes
- Insulation Material
- Most Soft Materials
Mice are not known to be very clean creatures and therefor will leave various items around their nesting zone which makes the job of finding a mouse nest easier. Look for collections of the following items:
- Mouse droppings
- Mouse Urine
Here are some mouse nest examples:
Mouse nest example 1
In this nest, we can see a number of baby mice, along with various materials used to construct the nest. We can see feathers and pieces of paper have been used.
Try to imagine what it will look like without the baby mice in. When you are looking for a mouse nest, it may or may not be full of mice.
Mouse nest example 2
In this mouse nest example, we can see the mother peering at the camera whilst protecting her littler.
The nest is made up of more materials this time. We can see twigs, wool (or maybe insulation material), leaves, and pieces of paper. Note there are a few mouse droppings in there too! They are not very hygienic.
Mouse nest example 3
This is a mouse nest inside a car engine compartment! Yup, they nest in here too. Rodents have been known to nest in a car before, especially if the car is not used very often.
This mouse nest is made from objects such as cloth, leaves, and torn up pieces of paper.
Where Do Mice Nest In A House
When I am asked the question ‘where do mice nest in a house?’, my first answer is always going to be your attic.
Your attic is the most common area that a mouse will set up a nest, and it is the place where we have found most mice nests.
There are good reasons why mice like to set up nests in an attic:
- Safe from predators
- Easy access to your home
- Tons of items to use for a nest
Underneath Kitchen Cabinets
Mice like to set up nests in your kitchen, and the reason is obvious when you think about it! Where do you store most of your food? In the kitchen of course!
You should thoroughly check under and behind each of your kitchen cabinets for evidence of a mouse nest.
While you are checking your kitchen, you should check behind appliances too.
Underneath and Inside Furniture
Your sofa is a target for a mouse to set up a nest because it offers warmth and protection from predators.
Remember that mice only need a very small hole to gain entry, and can easier chew through whatever material your sofa is made from (more details of items that mice can chew through here).
Check your sofas and chairs for evidence that mice have gained entry.
Mice love being warm, cozy, and safe from predators. Your heater offers all of these things to a family of mice.
Check behind each heater you have in your home. Better still, identify each warm area of your home, because these are common places for mice to set up a nest.
In Your Basement
Your basement is very similar to your attic, in that it offers mice everything they need to set up a nest.
The more you use your basement, the less likely it will be a target for a mouse to set up a nest in it.
Although mice like to nest in your home, they are not keen on coming into contact with humans. Your basement is probably not used as much as other areas of your home, which give a mouse the perfect opportunity to construct a nest.
In Your Car
Ok, so this is not strictly in your house, but if your car is stored in your garage, it is possible that a mouse will set up a nest in it.
For a start, it is warmer than it is outside, and a car engine bay also offers protection from predators.
Mice do not understand that setting up a nest inside an engine bay is as dangerous as we know it to be. As soon as you start your engine, the mice will panic and may try to escape. Once the engine gets hot enough, they are not likely to survive. This is especially true for any baby mice that have not been carried away to safety.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Does one mouse mean an infestation?
Not necessarily, no. One mouse may have found its way into your home whilst out looking for food or shelter. If you are lucky, you will notice this and put preventative measures in place to ensure no other mice follow them through! You need to understand the most common entry points for mice and seal them up.
- Is mouse nest removal easy?
Yes, we have removed a number of mouse nests in the past. It is a simple case of putting the nest structure in a bag and disposing of it correctly. The most important part of removing a mouse nest is cleaning up afterward. You will need to thoroughly clean the area to remove mouse dropping and mouse urine smells, these smells will linger!
- How many mice are in my house?
That is a difficult one to answer, unfortunately. Simply because the number can vary greatly depending on how long your home has been infested for, how easy it is for mice to enter your home, and whether or not they have set up a nest.
Once you realize that you have a possible mouse infestation, you will want to know an answer to the following: Where do mice nest in a house.
Now you know the most common places, it will be a much easier task to identify and remove the nest.
One last note, and it is a very important one. Mice carry some very nasty diseases. When you are searching for a mouse nest or disposing of a mouse nest, it is vital that you look after your health by protecting yourself with the correct gear.
Always use the following items:
Good luck finding the mouse nest!