How long does a mouse infestation last?
How long will mice stay in your home? If your answer is that they can stay permanently if they have food and water, you are absolutely right. But will they want to? It depends on the species.
Some mice don't prefer to live indoors. If they get inside, they'll enjoy the climate, protection, and available food options for a short time but go back outside where things feel "natural" to them. Some mice feel entirely comfortable in your home. The house mouse (Mus musculus) prefers indoor living. In fact, many mice of this species never see the outdoors throughout their entire lives.
- We can't tell you how long you'll have mice, but we can say this: You'll have them for less time if you address the reasons they're able to live with you.
- Keep your home clean.
- Protect your trash.
- Put pet food and water down for short periods during meals.
- Store food in sealed containers.
- Address plumbing issues.
- Seal entry points in your exterior.
- Seal holes on your interior that mice use as routes, such as around the pipes under your kitchen sink.
If you take these steps, you can drive mice out, and keep them out—in most cases. But these critters are sometimes persistent and your efforts may fall short.