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Are you worried that you might have a mouse in your house?  It’s a common problem this time year as mice tend to seek food and relief from the cooling weather inside the homes of St. Louis residents and Missourians across the state.  Not only are mice irritating, they are capable of causing severe damage from chewing on electrical wiring to contaminating insulation with their droppings.  So if you’ve never experienced a problem with mice or other rodents before how do you know for sure if you are experiencing a mouse problem?    Here a few of the more common signs that you may have a mouse in your house.

Mouse Droppings

Have you ever opened a kitchen drawer and discovered mouse droppings mixed in among the drawer’s contents?  If the answer is yes, you are not alone.  Mouse droppings are granular in shape, black in color and measure about 1/8 to 1/4 of inch in length.  Droppings are often the first obvious clue that mice are present other then actually seeing a mouse.  Found where mice are most active likely spots include near breeding and nesting areas as well as in or around areas where food is present. 

Nesting

Mice build their nests out of shredded fibers and other materials generally found in homes including cardboard boxes, newspaper and insulation.  Nesting sites are often located in protected areas close to food and water.  Common places to find a mouse nest include storage areas, inside furniture, inside walls, under flooring, in attic, behind appliances and among boxes.

Gnawing

Because they have teeth that continuously grow, mice are almost always gnawing.  This is evidenced by the damage they do in homes; chewing on electrical wires, clothing, books, food containers and even furniture.  New gnawing to be rough whereas, old gnawing are smooth from wear. 

If you’ve seen a mouse in your house recently or have noticed any of the signs mentioned above you should seek help immediately to avoid a larger problem.  If left unaddressed mice can threaten your home and pose a serious health risk to your family.  At Rottler’s we are ready to help you with all your rodent and insect pest problems.  Whether you live in St. Louis, O’Fallon, Wentzville or elsewhere in Mid-Missouri Rottler Pest & Lawn Solution is the ideal pest control company to provide you with complete relief from your mouse problem.  Give us a call today at 1-877-ROTTLER or simply fill out our online contact form


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