More Acorns May Mean More Mice In Your Home This Fall

October 11, 2023

As you’ve looked around your backyard this fall, have you noticed an abundance of acorns on the ground or heard them falling from the trees?  It's a familiar sight for many Mainers during the fall season, but have you ever wondered what these tiny nuts might have to do with the headaches some homeowners face? In this blog post, we'll explore the intriguing connection between dropping acorns, increasing mouse populations, and the challenges this can pose for Maine homeowners.

acorns on ground outside maine home for rodents to feed on

The acorn-mouse connection 

While it’s common knowledge that squirrels… well squirrel away acorns for winter, it might come as a surprise that mice do the same. If you’ve ever found a stash of acorns in your garage and wondered what put them there- there’s a good chance it was a mouse or two. In our state, acorns are plentiful and sometimes the region even experiences a staple of the Maine landscape and while this might not seem significant at first, it can set off a chain reaction that doesn’t always favor homeowners. In other words, more acorns could very well mean more mice. 

Why acorns attract mice 

Mice, particularly white-footed mice and deer mice are opportunistic feeders. When acorns rain down in abundance, it's like an all-you-can-eat buffet for these rodents. They readily feast on this energy-rich food source, leading to an increase in their population.

How more acorns and increased mouse activity impacts Maine homeowners

Now that we've established the link between acorns and mice, you might be wondering why this matters to Maine homeowners. Here's why an uptick in mouse populations can spell trouble:

Mice infest homes

As the mouse population grows, these small critters are more likely to seek shelter indoors during the colder months. They can squeeze through tiny openings and cracks in your home's foundation, walls, and roof. Once inside, they become unwelcome houseguests, causing damage, and posing health risks.

Mice damage property

Mice can wreak havoc on your property. They chew on wires, insulation, and wood, potentially leading to electrical issues and costly repairs. Additionally, their chewing and nesting habits can contaminate insulation and create fire hazards.

Mice create health concerns

Mice are carriers of diseases, some of which can be transmitted to humans. Their droppings and urine can contaminate food and surfaces, increasing the risk of illness for homeowners and their families. Additionally, more mice on your property could lead to increased tick populations and the increased risk in Lyme disease

Pine State Pest Solutions can help you keep your home mouse-free

Here at Pine State Pest Solutions, we’ve been taking care of rodent infestations in homes and businesses in Auburn, Augusta, and Portland as well as throughout our multi-county service area since 2011. Our rodent control specialists are ready to exterminate mice and rats that are attempting to take over your property. What’s more, we offer year-round home pest control services that provide ongoing protection from these destructive critters, but also common house-infesting bugs.  Check out our residential plans and pricing below or simply give us a call for more information. 

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