Mice are small creatures that come out at night when the house is quiet. You can have a growing mouse problem and not know it, since you may not encounter a mouse unless you head to the kitchen in the middle of the night. However, mice leave behind signs that they are around, which rodent exterminators know how to read.
The more mice you have, the easier the signs are to read. Since you want to catch an infestation early, it’s better to recognize the early signs when there are only a few mice scampering around your house. Here are 4 signs that alert you to the presence of these tiny rodents.
You Hear Scuttling Sounds and Squeaks at Night
Mice are tiny, so they are pretty quiet. You might hear the occasional gnawing and scratching inside a wall at night. You might even hear squeaking and light commotion if a fight breaks out between a couple of mice.
If you sleep with a fan on to drown out noise or if you use earplugs at night, you’ll probably miss these early warning signs. If mice make enough noise to wake you up at night with all the squeaking and scratching, that’s a good indication you have a serious mouse problem that you need to take care of as soon as possible.
Your Pets Claw at Cabinets or Bark at Walls
In addition to picking up on strange noises, your pets will smell mice when they’re around. Once mice are established and their numbers grow, you’ll pick up on their musty odor too. In the early stages, you might not smell anything, but your animals will. If your dog claws at a cabinet door or barks at the ceiling or wall, you should pay attention. Your dog may be alerting you to the presence of a rodent intruder.
You Discover Mouse Droppings in the House
Mice aren’t very tidy creatures. They leave droppings and urine on the floor as they move around or stop to eat. You’ll find droppings in your cabinets and along the walls. You can even tell how recently the mouse left them if you want to take a close look. Fresh droppings are somewhat moist and pliable. Old ones are dry and crumbly. Fresh droppings let you know you have a current mouse problem when you think you’ve eliminated them all.
Your Food Containers Have Gnaw Marks
Mice might not have to gnaw away at your house if food is easy to get to. However, if need be, a mouse can chew through a wall or chew through a food package. When that happens, you’ll see gnaw marks and holes appearing in various places.
If you keep your food in their original boxes or sacks, you may wake up to see gnaw marks and spilled food in your pantry. Gnaw marks can be used to identify the type of rodent activity you have since rats have much larger teeth than mice.
This chewing activity also gives you an indication of the number of mice you have. If your pantry is being gnawed away at an alarming rate, you can be sure you have several mice on the job.
As long as your mouse problem stays small, you may never actually see a mouse since they only come out at night. If you start seeing mice in the daytime, it’s time to get serious and call in a pest control company.
You don’t want to share your home with aggressive, hungry rodents, especially if you have kids and pets in the house. Plus, it is easier to get rid of mice when there are only a few as opposed to a house full.
If you suspect you have mice in your house, call our Pest & Termite rodent exterminators for help eliminating them in a safe way that won’t harm your pets or family.