What To Do When You Have Mice In The Kitchen

When it comes to mice, it’s not really surprising that these rodents would gravitate toward the kitchen. After all, that’s where the food is. Unfortunately, mice in the kitchen are a big deal, and if not addressed not only will result in damage to your home but also jeopardize the health of your family. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at this common winter pest issue and what to do if you find your kitchen has been infested by mice. 

eletrical wire under a kitchen sink in new jersey home with mouse damage from chewing

Mice are a common problem for NJ homeowners during the winter months

As we mentioned in a previous blog about mice, these rodents are active all year round but tend to be more active or at least more noticeable inside homes when it’s cold out. When there’s snow on the ground and freezing temps cooling the air, life becomes a bit more challenging for these pests and their desire to be warm and fed will send them searching for the elements they need to survive. Unfortunately, food, water, and warm shelter can all be found within the comfy confines of New Jersey homes. And that’s why more homeowners find themselves combatting mouse infestations during the winter months. 

Mice will cause damage and they really are a threat to health

Mice, through their constant gnawing and nest-building, will cause minor to major damage inside homes (and buildings). 

They’ll chew on just about any material they can find which means nothing in your home is safe from their ever-growing incisors. They’ll chew on wires which can lead to short circuits, malfunctioning equipment, and fire hazards. They’ll also gnaw on pipes which can result in water leaks, floods, and damaged property. 

They’ll also chew on and tear up anything that can be used to make nests including insulation, sheetrock, fabrics, furniture, books, papers, magazines, holiday ornaments, toys and other items made from plastic, etc. Really the list could go on and on.  

As far as health and safety concerns go, mice contaminate food and areas where food is stored and prepared with their urine and droppings. They also carry and transmit salmonellosis that can lead to food poisoning, tapeworms and other organisms that can be “shared” with people and pets, and can be an asthma trigger for some. 

How do mice get into the kitchen and where do they hide?

Mice use any opening they can find to enter a home. Common mouse entry points include, but are not limited to:

  • Openings under garage doors and other entry doors
  • Gaps around utility pipes and electrical conduits
  • Via the attic 
  • Holes along the roofline
  • Cracks or gaps in the foundation 

Where mice hide in kitchens

While mice have no problem infesting homes, damaging property, or stealing food, they do not want to have any contact with the occupants of said houses. In order to maintain their anonymity, these primarily nocturnal creatures stay put during the daylight hours. Common hiding places in and around kitchens include:

  • The bases of kitchen cabinets
  • Wall voids 
  • Under, in, or behind kitchen appliances 
  • Among clutter in pantries and nearby storage closets 
  • Out in the garage 

What to do if you find mice (or signs of mouse activity) in your kitchen

If you’ve discovered mice in your kitchen or elsewhere in your home, you could grab a few mouse traps from the store on the way home from work but results are not guaranteed. Likewise, you purchase a rodenticide or other DIY rodent control product but again, buyer beware. 

If you really want to get rid of mice in the kitchen or elsewhere in your home, contact a local exterminator that specializes in rodent control. 

At Arrow Pest Control, we offer effective rodent control services in Essex Fells, Franklin Lakes, and Scotch Plains as well as throughout our multi-county service area that get results! Our locally owned and family-operated pest control company has the equipment and experience necessary to evict these destructive and health-compromising pests for good! 

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