Stay on the lookout for mice [Video]

If you wake up in the middle of the night to a muted creaking noise on your floorboards, odds are it’s not Santa Claus. Unfortunately, your wintertime visitor is probably a small rodent – such as a mouse – that’s found a warm place to spend the winter inside your home.

One of the most common types of mice to spot inside the home is the deer mouse, according to the University of California. As a result of the increased number of housing developments close to forested areas, more and more deer mice are finding themselves on residential property. Their small size and flexible frame help them squeeze through small spaces.

After checking the exterior of your home for cracks or holes in the foundation, be sure you keep you keep up with yard maintenance. In the winter, snowfall can settle over piles of leaves and twigs, creating a warm temporary residence for mice and other rodents on the way into your house. Pick up your yard as long as the weather allows it.

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