Mice are shy, generally only coming out at night. If they hear or suspect that a human is nearby, they often hide so that you cannot see them. Because of this, many people have mice in their homes and do not realize it. Mice can contaminate food and generally wreak havoc in and around a property. As a result, it is important to get rid of a mouse infestation before the situation becomes too serious. But, how do you know if you have a problem with these little rodents? The following signs are a sure indication that mice are present in your home.
Mice are nocturnal, which means they typically explore when it is dark outside. Do you hear scratching in your walls? Are there noises that sound like they are coming from the attic? If you’ve been startled by unexpected sounds in your home, you may have a rodent infestation to deal with.
One of the best signs that there are mice living on your property are droppings. Droppings can be useful in a number of ways; they can tell you what type of rodent you are dealing with, how old the rodents are, and whether the infestation is old or new. For example, mouse droppings are much smaller than rat droppings. They are only about a quarter of an inch in diameter. If the mouse was active recently, the droppings will look a bit like putty. If there are numerous droppings, you may have a bigger problem than you realized. In addition, if there are some droppings that are bigger than others, you could have both old and young mice at your property. Finally, if you notice a lot of droppings in one certain area, you know where to direct extermination efforts.
Mice like to chew. They will gnaw on your house, your food containers and on anything else they can get their paws on. Much like droppings, smaller gnaw marks are an indication of mice, while larger gnaw marks are an indication of rats. It is possible to have both, so pay attention to the signs so that you know what you are dealing with.
If there are areas of your home that don’t receive a lot of human traffic, like an attic or loft, go up and take a look to see if you find tracks or marks in the dust. If you suspect an infestation and think there is a certain area that may be playing host to these little creatures, put down some flour or baby powder. That will enable you to see if any mice or rodents are in the area.
Mice don’t want to be found. Therefore, by the time you realize there is a problem, you may have a full blown infestation on your hands. If you notice any of the signs above, get in touch with EnSec Pest & Lawn today. They can tell you if you have mice or not, and they will come up with a treatment plan to help control the problem.