When it gets cold outside some rodents choose to move to warmer places, including your home. If you think you have mice in your home, below are some signs that can confirm this. Once you determine this you need to take steps to get these rodents out before they cause damage to your home. Keep reading so you can keep your house rodent-free.
Signs of Mice
One of the main signs that you have mice is their feces, which look like dark drops. These can be just about anywhere, such as inside drawers, inside cabinets, on the floor, and many other places. You may be surprised at the amount you will find as it can pile up quickly. Another sign is chewing through cardboard boxes, dog or cat food bags, bags of food, and more. Mice will even chew through things like boxes of macaroni, cereal, and anything they can find to eat.
Hearing noises at night is another sign. Mice can chew through a wall and get through a tiny opening. You may then hear them scurrying around as they hunt for food. Mice can also get into the attic and you will hear them as they run across the flooring. If you have a lot of mice these noises may be loud. Smelling odors is another sign and these odors can compound because of the urine and feces in your home.
If you see signs of mice, you can get rid of them in many ways. First, you need to determine how they are getting in. Look for cracks in walls, flooring, and go outside and check the foundation. Before you start getting them out make sure to close up all these openings. If you need help, contact a contractor to close them up, such as if you have cracks in your foundation.
Mousetraps are available in many stores and are a common thing that is used to remove mice. Snap traps are traps that you put bait on, such as cheese, peanut butter, or anything sweet. When the mice step onto the trap, it snaps and breaks their necks. Sit several of these traps around where you see signs of feces, urine, etc. Along with snap traps, there are electronic traps that zap the mice when they step onto the trap. If you do not want to kill the mice there are catch and release baits.
If you found a large number of feces, urine, chew marks, etc., you may have a mouse infestation. This can be difficult for you to take care of on your own. Instead, contact a pest control company as they know where mice get into homes, and the best way to remove them.
The pest control company can help you with rodent treatment, and with other issues that you may have.