Mice Nesting In Basement Insulation
One of the areas that you are likely to have mice is the basement. This is because in most basements, the lighting is not so good, giving the mice a good opportunity to hide and multiply. The fact that the basement is likely to have stuff stacked on each other also provides several spaces where they can build their nests.
However, if you notice live mice in a high-traffic area, you likely have a significant infestation. You may also notice dead mice under furnishings and along the baseboards. 5. Nests. Mice make nests to live in. Most indoor nests consist of fibrous material, like shredded cardboard or fabric, and measure around 5 inches across.
This weekend, I discovered that the fiberglass batt insulation in the ceiling joist bays in the basement have a significant amount of rat/mouse dropping detritus in them. This, I assume, predates our ownership of the home, as well as the air sealing. There are no signs of rodents in the basement now, and we have cats.
Mice are nocturnal animals that often migrate indoors in search of warmth, food and shelter. Mice prefer to remain hidden, so they build nests in small, confined places such as inside lawn mowers. This may provide a scare for both human and mouse when you go to use the lawn mower.
Mice and rats love nesting in your insulation if they can find a nice quiet spot to call home, but if it happens to be a little busy for them, they will just take some of that insulation with them to build a nest elsewhere in your attic, walls, garage, or closets.
Mice often build nests in insulation, typically the nest will be rounded out and burrowed into a piece of insulation. In this burrow they've got a warm and cozy place to have their young and hold up for the colder fall and winter months.