We hate to say it, but fall is coming. Kids heading back to school, leaves changing color here and there and a few cooler evenings signify that it’s time to start thinking about saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall. It’s also time to start thinking about the pests that try to invade our homes when the cooler weather hits. Mice are one of these invaders that are looking for a warm and comfy place to spend the winter and if we’re not careful, we’ll play host all winter long to a whole population of mice scurrying through the walls and stealing the food in our cupboards. How can you tell if you have a mouse problem? Here are some tips on identifying a mouse infestation from the professionals at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions:
Signs of mice in the house include:
Mouse droppings. These appear like brown or black grains of rice; they are hard and can often be found near food sources and nesting areas.
Gnaw marks. Mice, like many rodents, need to continuously gnaw on things to keep their front incisors from overgrowing. You may see gnaw marks on wood, drywall and many other places.
Mice nests. Mice will create a nest out of whatever they can find; they will often use shredded paper, cardboard, blankets and insulation.
Scurrying noises. If you hear squeaking, scurrying sounds and even gnawing noises, you could have an infestation of mice. They can be heard (especially during the night) inside walls, in attics, basements and any other places they find harborage.
Hearing any of these signs of activity can let you know that you have a mouse infestation on your hands.
Are mice dangerous? Yes, mice can be dangerous! They can spread diseases, contaminate food and even chew through electrical wires, causing fires and other problems inside your home. To eliminate the possibility of a rodent infestation inside your home, you can implement a few exclusion tactics in your home to make it more secure and less open to invading pests. Here are some tips for protecting your home
Check the exterior of your property for areas where pests like mice can be getting in. They may find cracks in the foundation, or gaps around areas where utility pipes or cables enter the home. Fill any gaps with steel wool to deter invasion.
Repair any broken windows or even holes in doors and window screens, to avoid unintentionally inviting pests like rodents inside your home.
Fixing up these areas and having a pest control professional like the folks at Rottler perform an inspection around your home can help determine areas where rodents could enter your home. Once you know the problem spots in your house, you can fix these areas and hopefully eliminate future infestations of rodents.
If it’s too late to implement these pest prevention tactics and you already have an infestation of mice inside your home, the best chance to get rid of them completely is to contact the professionals at Rottler. Our experienced technicians can help get rid of the entire nest, not just the few mice that leave the nest to forage for food. If you are concerned about a rodent infestation inside your home and you’re looking for assistance right away, please give the pros at Rottler a call today- we want to be your trusted pest professionals in St. Louis, St. Charles, Springfield and throughout Mid-Missouri.