As temperatures drop, mice often invade homes in search of food. Invasions can cause problems for many Houston residents as mice can carry diseases and contaminate food in pantries and cupboards. 

So, how long can mice go without food in Houston? Most mice can go 2 to 4 days without food if they also have access to water. However, many mice store food in their nests during colder months. If you suspect mice are invading your home, schedule an inspection with Stampede Pest Control today!

How Long Can Mice Go Without Food?

Mice are constantly on the go and need a constant source of calories to sustain their foraging behavior. Their tiny bodies have a speedy metabolism, causing them to need frequent feedings. If mice don’t have a reliable food source, they usually build up food stash in their nests.

If you have a mouse problem and have cut off their food supply, you may notice them beginning to gnaw on furniture or clothing. 

House Mice vs. Wild Mice

Outdoor mice must almost constantly eat to stay warm and full of energy to find new food. They also need increased calories to evade predators. However, indoor mice that have invaded a home can handle 2 to 4 days without food. 

Indoor mice can go longer in between meals because they are not expending so many calories escaping hunters. They also likely have a steady food supply of crumbs and accessible food items found in your home. Cutting off the mice’s food supply in your home is a critical part of the eradication process. 

How Long Can Mice Go Without Water?

Like other rodents, mice can go a surprisingly long time without water. How long? It depends on what they’re eating for food. Most experts agree mice can go about a month without a true water source.

Like many mammals, mice hydrate from their food sources. This is especially true if their diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. If their diet consists of dryer foods such as grains, they’ll need to seek out water sources. Mice are expert scavengers and procure water either directly or indirectly. 

Direct Water

Direct water sources include puddles, lakes, streams, snow melt, and other natural sources. In your home, mice may also seek out direct sources of water. They can find direct sources in your sinks, showers, pipes, and water bowls for your pets.

Indirect Water 

Mice get most of their water from indirect sources or the food they eat. If a mouse has a diet that consists of foods commonly found in your kitchen, such as grapes, wet dog food, cucumber, soft bread, and tomato sauce, likely, this mouse won’t have to find a direct source of water for a month or more. 

Preventing a Mouse Infestation

Prevention is key in protecting your home from a mouse infestation. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your home safe from an invasion. 

  • Seal all holes in your home that lead to the outdoors. Patching holes in outdoor walls will deter mice and other rodents from burrowing inside.
  • Keep your floors and countertops crumb-free. Regular sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping of floors can keep crumbs and smells at bay. Crumbs and food smells are major attractors for mice.
  • Keep pet food and trash items tightly secured. Both trash cans and pet food containers are major attractors for mice. 

Why Do You Need to Get Rid of Mice?

Beyond the annoying scampering sounds in your walls, mice also pose several health risks. Several diseases, such as hantaviruses, typhus, the plague, and HPS, can all be spread through mice droppings and urine. 

Mice are also associated with asthma in humans. Proteins in their urine are known triggers for asthma attacks. It’s important to prioritize not only your health but the health of any visitors that come to your home. It’s especially important if you have young children, the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems visiting your home. If you have a mouse infestation, it’s important to follow the proper protocol to avoid getting sick. 

Beyond the spreading of disease, mice can also get destructive. They are known to chew on just about any surface, including cardboard, walls, furniture, and clothing. In extreme instances, mice can destroy objects of value, including photographs, books, and even cash. 

Dependable Pest Solutions in Houston

If you suspect you have a mouse problem or are dealing with a full-on infestation, don’t hesitate to give Stampede Pest Control a call today. Our professional staff has been Houston’s go-to pest control source for over ten years.

We have several tested methods we use for rodent control. Let our trained technicians eradicate your mouse problem and give you and your family peace of mind. Give us a call today!