How to Spot a Mouse in Your House
There are signs that you have mice that you might not notice if you don’t know what to look for.
When the cold winter months rush in, most people worry about their heating bill and the cold air making its way indoors. But not many worry too much about pests making their way in. A mouse in the house might not sound too ominous, but the truth is that a rodent infestation can do a lot of harm to your home. With mice known for eating through electrical wires and getting into food supplies to spread bacteria, stopping just one is critical to stopping a whole army.
Signs of Mice
There are signs that you have mice that you might not notice if you don’t know what to look for. If you see any of these signs, there is likely an infestation brewing somewhere in your house that you need to address immediately.
Droppings: One of the most telltale signs that you have mice in your house are random droppings. The little pellets they leave behind are often seen in spaces where the mice have found a source of food, although they can be found anywhere. Check for them around baseboards, pantry shelves, and wall beams. If you do find droppings, make sure to sanitize the area, because they can be riddled with bacteria like Hantavirus and salmonella. They also can trigger allergies in some people. Always wear protective gloves when cleaning up the area.
Nests: Often found in the dark recesses of your home, you might have to look a little harder to find a nest. Mice usually use cotton, cardboard, paper products and packing material to make their nests. If you see an accumulation of these types of materials, then that could signal a mouse problem.
Gnaw marks: Mice can do some serious damage by chewing through things like electrical wires and walls. If they get to your wires, then that can cause a fire. If you see any type of gnawing around your home, it is best to look for additional signs and to hire a pest control management company to inspect any places you can’t get to.
Strange noises: If you hear things behind your walls at night it’s probably not a ghost. Mice scurry around behind walls to move between the floors and up to the attic. They typically like the attic space because it is dark, secluded, and warm. An attic is also a place where they can hide without being spotted.
Just one mouse: If you see just one mouse in your house, you can safely assume that there are more. A female mouse can have up to 35 babies – in just one year – that might be lurking somewhere in your home.
If you suspect that you have a mouse in the house, it is best to hire a pest control company to inspect those dark, secluded, places that aren’t easy to get to. They will be able to spot any signs that you have a problem and work with you to rid your home of rodents.