Mice have lived alongside humans for ages. Sadly, that relationship is largely one-sided as humans are subject to diseases from mice droppings and urine. If you suspect you have mice in your home, it’s imperative to invest in mice control now, rather than later. Below are a few tips to tell if you have a mouse problem.
- Sounds in the Night: Homes can have any number of odd noises as they settle from the heat of the day. However, if you hear scampering, clawing, or scratching at night, it’s an excellent sign that you need mice control. Mice are nocturnal, so their activity level will be much higher at night. Still, you may hear some sounds during the day, particularly early morning and evening.
- Droppings: One of the best signs that you have a mouse problem is finding droppings. You’ll notice small, dark droppings in the bottom of drawers and possibly the back of cabinets just to name a few. In some cases, you may find them along baseboards (mouse runways). Note that mouse droppings are small, under one-quarter inch in length, and rounded on both ends. Larger droppings indicate a possible rat problem rather than mice.
- Urine: Mice urinate as much as they defecate, and you’ll notice the musky smell of their urine, particularly around areas where they nest. The larger your mouse issue, the stronger the scent of urine will be. Mice prefer to nest in areas where they have access to fibers to make themselves comfortable – where you store your spare bedsheets or extra kitchen towels are excellent examples.
- Chew Marks: Finally, if you notice chew marks on select items including utensils stored in drawers, it is an excellent sign that mice control methods need to be implemented. Watch for holes chewed in the sides of cardboard food boxes (rice, cereal, etc.) that might be stored in cabinets where mice can reach.
If you suspect that you have a mouse problem, now is the time to act. They breed very quickly, and a minor infestation can become a major problem in a short time. Get in touch with us at Viking Pest Control by calling 888-481-8219 to schedule an in-home consultation.