How To Tell If You Have Mice In Your Home

lady holding mouse in her kitchen

It starts slowly. A few holes here, some debris there, until one day, you finally see a mouse scampering across the floor. Their sneaky, quiet ways can make it difficult to tell if your home has become a place of lodging for mice, and their intrusion can create messes at the same time that they spread germs and disease. Here are some ways to tell if you have mice living in your house and how to handle them:

Debris

Mice are notorious for leaving messes everywhere they go, so if you are consistently coming across debris, specifically food debris, you might have a mouse problem. You might find holes in dog food, pantry food, or bird seed. The holes might be in the shape of teeth marks. Generally there is a trail of debris surrounding the food that has been torn. All of these signs might add up to mice living in your home.

Strange sounds

Mice might be sneaky, but they aren’t silent. Homeowners with mice will often hear the sound of scratching or a “pitter-patter” sound coming from the walls or even the ceiling. Generally you will hear noises coming from the same source everyday because that is where the mice are nesting. In addition to hearing noises from one or two particular spots, you might also notice a trail of dirt that indicates the traffic patterns of the mice.

Feces and urine

Probably the most disgusting, but telling, signs of a mice/rodent problem is their prevalent feces and/or urine around your home. Mice have no notion of going outside to relieve themselves, and will quickly turn your home into their personal bathroom. You’ll likely find their droppings near their nesting and/or eating spots, although there may be some scattered throughout your home. Urine is less easy to spot but can be seen with a black light. In contrast, droppings stand out and are little oblong pellets that are pointed on one end. If you find any unexplained droppings in your home, stop investigating and call for pest control immediately as these can quickly lead to the spread of germs and diseases within your home.

How to get rid of mice

You might be tempted to get rid of mice on your own using mice repellent spray, mouse traps, or electronic mice repellent. The truth is, these products aren’t as effective as they claim to be. Here are some drawbacks for each of these products:

  • Mice repellent spray: The spray isn’t regulated by the government, meaning there are no specific standards that companies need to meet to sell you their product.
  • Electronic mice repellent: This sounds like it would be a harmless way to get rid of mice since it uses sonic or ultrasonic sound waves rather than chemicals to drive mice out of a particular space. One major drawback is that the soundwaves don’t travel through walls or furniture, so their effectiveness is limited.
  • Mouse traps: The most effective tool for getting rid of mice available to homeowners, mouse traps work by trapping the mouse in the form of either glue traps, which eventually kill the mice, and live-catch traps, which allow the homeowner to release the mice once they are caught. While effective, these traps might still be insufficient when you are dealing with a large rodent population.

Why hire a professional pest control expert

When it comes to getting rid of pests like mice, it’s best to call in the pest control professionals who know how to find, trap, and eliminate mice from all the areas of your home. Miller Pest & Termite will determine the best course of action based on your situation and get these pests out of your home fast. We will also search the perimeter of your home for possible points of entry and discuss options to decrease the chances of another rodent infestation in the future. For more information on how Miller Pest & Termite can get rid of mice in your home,¬†contact us¬†today.