Infested With Mice? How To Know And What To Do
If you have a mouse infestation or even the beginnings of one, you need to know as soon as possible. Every day that goes by without preventative measures is another day that they grow in numbers. Take action as soon as you know for sure they are in the house.
How Can I Tell If They’re Here?
The first thing to do in this situation is to establish whether or not you’ve even got a problem. Some indicators will clue you into knowing if they are in your home or not. The most obvious sign is mouse droppings in the house. If you have removed any signs of droppings and they are returning in the same areas, you most certainly have visitors. Not only is the totally gross, it also carries bacteria that lead to many types of illness. The most notorious being the Hauntaviral infections they carry.
Look For Markings
The markings in the home will become more prevalent as time goes on. You will notice little trails of oils, urine and hair that collect from their traveling back and forth. They live in their own filth and will track it with them for a scent trail to follow. Rats do this as well since they have no bladder. No matter where they go, if they have liquid in them it’s coming out the other end. Mice and rats stick to the walls and trails that lead to small openings to hide in. Their urine will eventually form urine pillars that are a dead giveaway. These are the most noticeable signs that you may need mice and rat control.
If you see a mouse in the home in broad daylight, take immediate action. If they are bold enough to be seen and not care, that means they are there in numbers. This is a case where they’ve been nesting for a while and are branching out now.
What Can I Do?
If you catch a mouse infestation before it happens, there is hope. You can find and seal off any entrances they may be using and set traps for the survivors. Keep all of your food locked up tight. Make sure that they have no food or trash that they can get into. Boxed or bagged food is especially vulnerable. You have to do everything in you means to cut off their food supply. They will go someplace else if they can’t get it from your home. Mice adapt quickly, but would much rather get their food the easy way instead.
If Countermeasures Don’t Work
If you have determined that you have an issue that is bigger than just one or two mice, you may want to consider calling in the cavalry. Having a professional come to your home and determine the level of infestation is the first step in reclaiming your home. If your attempts to evict these pests have failed, there is no failure in asking a professional for some help. The best places are always ones that know the area and its pests well. One place worth your time is Mr. Pest Control. We have a friendly staff that knows our stuff. Give us a call at 1-888-794-PEST.