What is a Mouse Nest?

Where Do Mice Nest?

Mice have lived near people for as long as humans began living in permanent or semi-permanent structures. By settling near manmade structures, mice ensure they have easy access to food and shelter.

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A mouse nest located in, underneath, or near a home gives the pests protection from predators, as well as insulation from severe temperature changes.

What Are Mouse Nests Made Out Of?

To build a safe nest, mice use materials like grass, other types of vegetation and whatever else may be available to provide a warm, comfortable nest to live.

What Does a Mouse Nest Look Like?

Typically, a mouse nest is dome-shaped with one exit hole, but mice nests vary depending upon the nesting space and the nest construction materials located nearby.

Where to Look for Mouse Nests

Outdoors, mice nest beneath dense underbrush, tall grass, or thick shrubbery. Inside a home, mice usually build their dens in undisturbed, enclosed spaces, including:

  • Drawers - An unused sliding drawer filled with paper provides the perfect spot for a mouse nest.
  • Wall voids - Mice will chew through drywall in order to get into these quiet, hidden areas.
  • Voids under floor cabinets.
  • False ceilings - Foul-smelling mouse waste will saturate and ruin panels when the pests den inside these spaces.
  • Refrigerator motor compartments and voids under other kitchen appliances - Rodents will often chew wiring and cause damage resulting in costly repairs.
  • Garage clutter - Little-used, concealed areas full of debris are prime targets for mouse nests.

Close to Food Sources

These pests like to stay relatively close to their nest when searching for food. If you see a mouse, it is a good sign that the nest is nearby, unless they need to forage considerable distances for food. But if food is close by, mice may not need to search more than 5-30 feet to find something to eat.

Mouse Nest Removal

A single mouse nest could be home to a mother and many juvenile mice, so infestations may be more severe than they seem at first. The pest control experts at Orkin can remove mice and their nests quickly and effectively.