Unfortunately for humans, both mice and rats are very good climbers, and they can even ascend straight up a vertical surface if the texture is rough enough. They can also jump up to 18 inches and slip through surprisingly small cracks and holes as small as a dime, making it very difficult to keep them out.
How do mice climb walls?
What kinds of walls can mice climb?
Mice are expert climbers when it comes to:
- Some wood paneling
- Metal siding
The natural imperfections in these types of walls are great for their claws to grasp onto and climb up.
What kind of walls can’t mice climb?
- Smooth plastic
- Smooth metal
- Smooth and glazed wood
Naturally, these surfaces are too slippy and slidey for mice to grasp onto. Some DIY mouse traps involve plastic buckets because of the challenge they have getting out. In some cases, mice can simply jump out of these containers, however.
Just look at how effortlessly this mouse scales a multi-story brick apartment building!
How can I mouse-proof my walls?
The reality is, unless you’re prepared to install smooth walls all over your home, there will always be a wall mouse can climb. The problem isn’t with your walls, it’s with your pest solutions. The bottom line is, there’s a reason they’re going so far as to scale walls to get inside. Most often, it’s the smell of food. Be sure to practice pest-proof food storage like covering open foods, never leaving food out (including pet food!) and keeping eating areas swept and sanitized. If they don’t smell food, for the most part, they won’t come in. Read more about mouse-proofing at home here!
Don’t waste your time and money on new walls.
A1 Exterminator’s Pest Prevention Plan covers not only mice but rats, cockroaches & virtually any other pest known to New England. The plan includes (3) additional visits by certified technicians at no additional cost! We use the most effective mice control methods available, and the safety of you and your family or personnel is our top priority. Learn more about our Pest Prevention Plan here before you dive down the DIY pest control rabbit hole and a minor pest problem becomes a major infestation.