Mouse in the house, or even your car

Experts explain how little house mice leave behind big damage. (WCCU)

In a way, house mice are just like us—the cold winter weather is more than they can handle.

"Mice enter our homes to find shelter so they've evolved to squeeze into tiny nooks and crannies," Ryan Pankau an extension educator at the U of I Extension Office in Champaign said.

"At the point you're actually seeing a mouse, there's probably a decent population established,” Pankau said.

He said when it comes to keeping mice out, it’s best to seal all exterior cracks in your house.

“That can be quite a challenge because they can squeeze through about a quarter-inch diameter hole,” Pankau said.

He said when it comes to mice, he's had both professional and personal encounters.

“I've also had a little bit of experience with mice in vehicles,” Pankau said. “I think they just squeeze into little cracks in my car and they're drawn in because we have kids and there's food under the car seat.”

Greg Johnson the owner of Greg’s Truck & Auto repair in Champaign, said he sees this at least one a week.

"So we pop the hood and his number three injector has been chewed in half by a varmint or a critter,” Johnson said.

He said you'll know if a mouse moves into your car because chewed wires will cost you time and money.

Repairs costing anywhere from a hundred to a thousand dollars.

Whether it's a mouse in the house or in the car, Pankau said snap traps are the best way to go.

Even the best trap can’t always keep the critters from coming back.

Ashleigh Vaughn from Jacksonville, Illinois sent Fox Illinois a Facebook message about her experience with mice in her apartment.

Vaughn wrote, "It has been 4 in 6 months. Nothing really keeps them away, 3 were caught in plastic traps and the other one ate poison."

If you still can’t stomach the thought of mice in your house or car, bringing in pest control experts is always an option.

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