Night time temperatures have dropped into the 30's this week and pretty soon, field mice could be making their way into your home to stay warm for the winter.

You might hear scratching noises in the walls at your house. Maybe the noise is coming from your ceiling, but either way it means you have mice or squirrels in your house. Hey it's getting cold at night and they are just looking for a warm place with lots of food for the winter.

The other day we found this tiny baby mouse in the grill at the house. I am so glad I looked around before I lit it. This baby couldn't be more than a couple of days old and we didn't see it's Mom around. Innocence in the palm of my daughter Olivia's hand.

 

We put the baby back out in the grill to see if the mother came back and a few hours later, this little cutey was gone. I am going to assume the best because I did close the lid on the grill to prevent any predators from getting it.

According to the website Poison Ivy Patrol, there is a plant that you may have in your yard that attracts field mice. The Barberry Plant is common around here and I do have some of this on the edge of the property.

it turns shades of red, orange and purple, and in the winter sports bright red berries. It usually grows in depleted or unhealthy soil while crowding out native plants. It’s also notorious for being a home for brown field mice who carry ticks and Lyme disease.

Remember that mice are the number one carrier of ticks. If you think you have a mouse problem in your house, contact an exterminator and look for ways they could be getting in. I have found that they will squeeze through the tiny space around the garage door. They don't need a big opening to get into your house and set up shop for the winter.