As the weather gets colder and colder, more and more mice will be on the hunt for a warm place to take shelter, find food, and even multiply. Once they get inside your home, you should know that it’s going to take a lot of time and effort to get rid of mice. If you see a single mouse inside your house, it’s safe to assume there are many others where it came from. Cracked walls and holes in the floors, walls, and foundation are common entry points for mice, and this often leads to a mouse infestation.
The first step to getting rid of a mouse infestation is to recognize you have one in the first place. It should not be hard for you to know whether or not mice live in your home. This creature tends to leave behind a trail of clues and hints which is hard for you humans to miss. Here are the most common signs to help you determine whether you have a mouse infestation in your home.
Mice tend to leave a mark where they have visited. If you find tiny droppings, this could be your first clue that you have a mouse infestation. Mouse droppings are about ⅛ to ¼ inch long and they have pointed ends. Droppings are commonly found in dark, secluded places where mice can easily hide and scurry around without being seen, such as cabinets, drawers, corners, under sinks, and near food.
Gnaw Marks and Shavings
Gnaw marks on furniture, wood, or plastic is another clue to a mouse infestation. The teeth of mice are constantly growing, so they gnaw on virtually anything that can help trim their teeth. Look for gnaw marks on wood trim and baseboards, cabinet doors, pipes, and packaged food. Mice will also chew through wires and insulation, posing a serious fire hazard.
You may come across the holes that serve as entry points to the mice’s burrow or nest. Mice can fit through holes as small as a dime. They can be created by the mice, such as holes chewed through walls, or they may have already existed, such as holes and cracks in your house’s foundation.
These creatures are usually running around the house in search of food away from the human eye. While mice are great at not being seen, what they cannot prevent are the noises they make. If you have a mouse infestation in your house, you may hear squeaking, gnawing, or scuttling noices in the walls or ceilings. Mice are usually more active at night, so the noise will be more prevalent then. If you have pets, they may be agitated by the high-pitched or quieter noises only they can hear.
Because mice have poor eyesight, they will usually hug the walls while running, and they often memorize the path from their burrow to the nearest food source. This means they often travel the same path over and over again. If a mouse infestation has gone undetected for a while, you may detect smudge marks or a faint trail of dirt or oil along the areas mice run. In far removed areas, such as attics and crawl spaces, you may also find tiny footprints in the dust.
Whether you have one or not, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the signs of a mouse infestation so you can act swiftly and accordingly if necessary. Dealing with an infestation inadequately or simply ignoring the problem will only make it worse. If you believe the extent of your mouse infestation is too much to handle on your own, then we recommend calling a professional mouse exterminator.
Proudly serving the greater Chicagoland area in Illinois and southeast Wisconsin, the professional exterminators at Aerex Pest Control understand the habits of mice and use that knowledge when developing a mouse control program that is best suited to your home and your particular mouse infestation. Our technicians are professional, state certified, licensed applicators. Call today for your free consultation 847-255-8888 or click here for a free quick quote.