Where Do Mice Live? The typical mouse habitat remains a mystery for many homeowners because mice are so elusive. If you’re lucky – or unlucky, as it were – you might catch a glimpse of a mouse scurrying across the kitchen floor when you turn on the lights. But in many cases, it’s only the damage that mice cause that remains in plain sight. So, where do mice hide? Is it in more than one place? Do mice live in groups? Alone? Take a look at the answers to these frequently asked questions about mice habitats.


A: It’s important to note that there are many different species of mice, most of which live in very different habitats from one another. For example, the field mouse lives in meadows, fields and areas with light brush, while the deer mouse lives in the woods or areas with dense shrubbery. Aptly named, the common house mouse is the likely culprit in homes across North America. During the fall and winter months, the colder temperatures drive these mice indoors, seeking shelter. House mice live in and around human structures, making their homes in wall voids, storage boxes, attics, barns, sheds, lofts, basements, crawl spaces, cabinets, warehouses and many other similar locations. They prefer to nest close to food and water sources, typically within 30 to 50 feet.


A: Outdoors, mice are territorial and often live alone, but in a confined structure, mice do tend to live in groups. These groups are normally dominated by an alpha male and there is a social hierarchy in place. The more mice there are in one confined location (e.g., a house, building or barn), the smaller their perimeter for food and water retrieval becomes.


A: Some species of mice do indeed live in trees, including the deer mouse and dormouse. Tree-dwelling mice often have longer tails to help with their balance and climbing. Depending on the species, they might build a round nest high up in the tree, like the dormouse, or fashion a nest out of a hollow cavity in the tree, like the deer mouse.


A: One of the most common mouse habitats inside homes, is wall voids. Walls generally have a space between layers, which makes perfect refuge for a mouse trying to avoid capture while catching some sleep during the day. There are also plenty of wires and pipes for them to travel on, effectively turning the insides of your home into a mouse superhighway. You can hear them clawing and gnawing away inside the walls, a surefire sign of a mouse problem.


A: Mice sleep wherever their nest is made. Indoors, this includes wall voids, cabinets, attics, storage spaces, lofts and basements. Outdoor mouse habitats are often underground, or depending on the species, in trees. Underground nests are referred to as burrows, and keep the mouse safe from predators while the mouse sleeps. Mice are most active at night, and rarely leave their nests during the daylight hours.

No matter what mice think, a mouse habitat should never be in your home. If you suspect these tiny rodents have moved in, call Terminix® to hand out eviction notices