Where do rats go when it's cold

Where do rats go when it's cold

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Date: 14th November 2018
Categories: Research, Industry News

Where do rats go when it's cold

Where do rats go when it’s cold ?

Rats, mice and other rodents live in wilderness and domestic environments and do not typically hibernate during the winter months. During the cold months rats are in search for warm place where they can find shelter and protection from predators. Their winter habits remain consistent regardless of environment, but they do utilise different types of shelter depending on location. 

Houses and Sheds 

Houses and outbuildings provide protection and shelter for rodents during the cold period. House mice and brown rats are most frequent in houses close to city centres. Preferred spaces are sheds, roofs, cellars, cupboards and wall spaces. Spaces beneath homes are also common place for rats     

Vehicles for Shelter 

Idle vehicles are often used by pack rats and other rodents. In chilly winters the rodents are drawn to the hiding spaces and heat of an active engine. Your vehicle, insulated from predators and the cold, can be especially alluring to rodents and other critters.


Rats nests are like bird nests, but usually a lot more disorganised and on the ground. For materials rats use  a combination of natural and synthetic materials, such as  shred paper, seat cushions and fabric. The location of the nest is a lot more important for rats than the material. Rats seek out warm, dark places where they won’t be bothered by humans or other natural predators. Moist areas where they can get the little water they need are particularly ideal.                                                                                   

Burrowing Dens

Rats and mice are excellent at digging and will usually burrow into the ground if they don’t have access to human dwellings or caves.They will use caves and natural shelters during the winter months and look for a structure like a rock, wall, or fence, and dig a burrow beneath or against it. Mice especially like burrowing into areas that have access to natural gas or electrical lines going into your house.

Most rats are social, and groups will occupy a single dwelling.

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