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Question DetailsAsked on 6/19/2017

I have a tenant that's insisting mice are getting in her referigerator at night and eating all her food.

I have sent pest control twice and they can not find any entry point of mice getting inside. Is it possible that the door is left open and can mice survive inside a closed referigerator

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Yes - there are a number of reports of mice jumping out in the morning, who had evidently spent the night in there. Think about it - in nature (field mice) they live in ground that gets well below freezing in the winter and run around in sub-freezing weather all the time, so they can certainly survive a day or do in the low 40's in a reefer - especially as they have ample food to restock on calories. However - with repeated events, unless they leave the door open for very long periods of time, I can't imaging mice jumping in when it is opened. Here is another previous similar question with answer FYI:
I would go with the philosophy that they are getting into it though insulation-filled gaps in the sheet metal (commonly around wiring or defrost drain tube) - I have seen holes chewed through several inches of insulation. If the reefer is cleaned out completely any entry points should show (after the back cover shrouds are removed) - or it may well be there is a place the door seal is shot or torn or they have chewed through it. They can get through a space smaller than a dime. And of course ask to see a piece or few of food where it has been partly eaten to see if you see small teeth marks from the incisors - there should also be droppings in there if a mouse spent hours in it. And of course if she says they are eating "all her food" unless the place is swarming in rodents, that is not realistic - if more than a few ounces are missing a night it might be she is imagining things or paranoid or such, or has a dog or cat who has learned to open the reefer - though in that case packaging and such should be showing up around the house or yard. My first step other than inspecting the reefer for obvious signs of entry would be setting traps to kill offf the infestation - because regardless of how they are getting into there (assuming there is actually evidence of them eating and leaving droppings ) you evidently have a mouse problem. While Disney has the world convinced that mice love cheese, peanut butter or buttered bread mushed onto the trigger or bait point with seed like sunflower seed or finely chipped nuts pressed into it is the cat's meow when it comes to attracting them. Some people have also found dogfood works perfectly well, though that is messier to put on a snap trap.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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