Your home is not a hotel and therefore mice should not be allowed to treat it like one. When the cooler weather comes around, mice all across the country start to look for places to hunker down in for the winter. If you are not careful and do not take the proper precautions, your home could easily become the newest home for mice to invade.
The professionals at Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions want to do everything we can to help keep you informed about these unwanted house guests. By knowing what the signs of mice in your home are, the dangers associated with them, and what to do and not do, if they end up getting into your home will help you to stay one step ahead of these crafty critters!
Signs of a mouse in the house
Finding mouse droppings around your home is a major clue that you have a this furry friend somewhere in your home. These droppings are commonly spotted behind appliances, in cabinets, and on floors. Mice will leave behind droppings as they travel throughout your home foraging for food. Their droppings are about ¼ of an inch in length and are tapered at one end.
Mice are active at night, so if mice are in your home, you will hear scratching-like sounds as they travel above you in the attic or behind your walls.
You may see chew marks on personal belongings and structural elements of your home.
If mice are in your home, you may notice an ammonia-like smell, especially in small, closed-in spaces like closets, cabinets, and drawers.
Dangers of a mouse in the house
Mice are very dangerous to have living in your home. They carry a variety of diseases that can make you and your family very ill, including Salmonellosis, Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, lymphocytic diseases, and many others. Mice will contaminate your food and food prep areas with their urine and feces. They will also damage the structure of your home by chewing through wires, pipes, insulation and drywall; and damage personal items like furniture, clothing, carpets, and storage boxes.
What should you do if you have a mouse in the house?
First, we are going to start with what you should not do. Do not attempt DIY pest control techniques to rid your home of a mouse problem. The most common way homeowners try to control mice is by using mouse traps. However, mouse traps is not a great way to get rid of the mice in your home. More often than not, the mouse trap does not actually kill the mouse, leaving the mouse suffering and you having to take care of the situation.
Also, they are generally not placed in the correct locations within your home. And while they may get rid of the one or two mice currently living in your home, they don’t take care of the route of the problem which is how the mice are entering into your home. This means sooner than later you will have other visitors taking the place of their kinsmen.
If mice have taken up residence within your home, you should immediately contact a professional pest control service. Professionals have the experience and technology to safely eliminate your current mouse infestation and then locate the areas that are allowing them inside. By implementing exclusion techniques and having year-round pest control services to control problems with mice and other pests, you can be sure that mice will no longer be a nuisance within your home.
Contact Rottler today for more information about our rodent control services!