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Does Clutter Attract Mice To The Home?

Does clutter attract mice? The unfortunate answer is yes. In fact, large piles of clutter are one of the biggest reasons why mice are attracted to homes. This is especially true after Christmas, with newly opened presents piling up. Not only that, but mice can be a Christmas tree pest too.

Why does clutter attract mice?

There are many different types of clutter that can attract mice. These can include things like piles of papers, newspapers, and containers like cardboard boxes. Basically, anything that mice can hide behind, get into or that provides place to build a nest. Other types of clutter include piles of dirty clothes, packaging, or any type of post Christmas rubbish and mess.

But why does clutter attract mice? There are two simple reasons. The first is that the clutter gives them a place to conceal themselves. Mice know that no one will disturb them in large piles of clutter, which is why they hide there.

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The types of clutter we’ve mentioned also make excellent building materials for their nests. Clutter essentially provides the mice with a warm, dry area in which to live and breed without being bothered by humans or predetors.

The bottom line is that you need to get rid of clutter. Not only will this help to prevent mice, but it will improve the ambiance inside your home. Getting rid of clutter also makes you feel better. Entire books have been written about this subject.

What steps can I take to prevent mice?

Start by trying to let go of unnecessary items and organise the rest. Most of your clutter is probably made up of things you don’t actually need. It’s not necessary to keep old newspapers. In essence, many of the things you’re keeping could probably be thrown away. A good rule of thumb is this: if you haven’t used something in the past six months then chuck it out. This includes those old shoeboxes you’re hanging onto. Go through all of your clutter with a fine tooth-comb, and throw out as much as you can. You can also donate certain things – like clothes – to charity, or even sell them on eBay.

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Store everything else you don’t need to access regularly. Find a cupboard to put your stuff in or shelf units that keep things away from the ground. This will be harder for mice to get to. You can also buy plastic drawers and storage containers with lids to store clutter in. If you don’t have any cupboard space left, it’s probably a sign that you have too many things. And if you have a lot of mice in your house you may need to call out professional mouse control service to your home.

Ultimately, the answer to the question, “does clutter attract mice?” is that it definitely does. You can avoid this by making a 2021 New Year’s resolution to get your home or office spick and span and mouse free. Start today!


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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