No matter how much you enjoy hosting and entertaining, no one likes a guest who shows up uninvited. Rodents are at the top of that list. A mouse infestation exposes your home or business to wiring and insulation damage, as well as disease-causing pathogens. Use these clues to identify a possible mouse problem and protect your property from infestation.
Recognizing the 5 Signs of a Mouse Problem
Since mice are nocturnal, you won’t always see them upon arrival. It’s important to know other ways to detect mice that have snuck into your home or workplace.
- Listen closely. Pay attention to telltale sounds, especially in the evenings. Gnawing, squeaking, scampering, and scurrying can reveal unwanted critters.
- Watch your step. Look out for mouse droppings and urine.
- Search for hiding spots. Mice will often make nests from paper, insulation, and other materials they find close by.
- Dig a little deeper. Check attic insulation for signs of disturbance.
- Do a duct check. Pinpoint areas where air ducts may have been chewed or gnawed.
The earlier you notice mice have invaded your space, the sooner you can begin to deal with them.
What Can I Do if I Have a Mouse Problem?
There are two key ways to make your environment less inviting to pests:
- Restrict access and entry points.
If mice don’t have a way of getting into your home or business, then you can avoid an infestation altogether. Check the perimeter for holes and have a professional inspect your roof for openings — especially at the seams where siding or brick begins. Use a tough filler like wire mesh or quick-drying cement to block any holes you find. Cut off potential bridges by clearing plants at least 18 inches away from exterior walls.
- Limit access to food sources.
Leaving meals out will only feed into a mouse infestation. Start by checking your yard for fallen fruit, ripe vegetables, and debris piles. Inside, wipe down counters and vacuum frequently to prevent pests from overstaying their welcome. Make your kitchen less vulnerable by using airtight containers for your food (including any pet food) and keeping trash cans secure.
Don’t Feel Trapped, Get Expert Help
While you can use these tips to minimize an infestation on your own, it can feel impossible to permanently rid your home or workplace of these critters. Animal Wildlife Trappers can help you solve your mouse problem once and for all.
In addition to animal removal, we offer attic sanitation, animal prevention, and other helpful services at fair and reasonable prices. Our animal damage repair team can help you leave pests in the past by fixing holes on the walls, chewed up window screens, and more.