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3 Signs There's A Mouse In The House

October 7, 2014

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The last thing you want is a mouse in your house. Have you ever seen the inside of a dumpster? That sticky bacteria laden paste that covers the walls and floor most definitely sticks to fur, so does sewage sludge, and the water that leaks from a culvert system. Wild mice have a fairly robust GI tract. They don't have a problem scurrying over, or through, the most repulsive things you can imagine. And, they won't think twice about crawling all over your dishes and silverware, without first wiping their feet on your doormat. If you have, even one mouse in your house, your family is at risk for a host of health problems. And, if you don't know you have mice, it could have you missing work, and your children losing multiple days of school.

Here are 3 signs of mouse infestation

Droppings. The saying, "quiet as a mouse" was coined for a reason: mice are timid. If you are ever lucky enough to see a mouse, it is usually because there are a lot of mice in your house, and they are getting desperate for food. Other than that, you won't see them. Though they enjoy living in your warm, food filled, home, they don't much care for you. You're too big and noisy. So, the first sign that you have mice will usually be the droppings they leave behind. These little pill-sized pellets are brown in color and sticky to the touch, but be careful not to touch them. They can carry viruses and disease. You'll find these dropping in the back of drawers, cupboards, and cabinets. If you don't find any there, be sure to inspect some insulation in your attic. Attics and crawl spaces are common nesting areas for mice, and they may not have gotten to your cabinets yet.

Chew marks. Holes in your cereal boxes begin with chew marks. A dedicated mouse can chew into your fruity pebbles in a matter of minutes, but a foraging mouse isn't quite so dedicated. So, you may find food boxes with some nibbles, before you find the sugar with a poured out pile next to it.

You will also find chew marks or holes in low shadowed places. Mice can chew right through your sheet rock, and if they are hiding in your wall voids, they will look to make convenient access to kitchen areas. Take a flashlight and look in every low dark nook. That is where you'll find mice activity.

Noises in your walls. Mice travel through wall voids, floor joists, and soffits. And, since they are mainly nocturnal creatures, you'll hear them while you're trying to go to sleep. Sometimes it is a light scratching noise. Sometimes it is a bump. Don't bother hitting the wall. Just lay in bed quietly. It won't take long to confirm that there is, in fact, something living in your wall or ceiling. And, you can bet they are in there chewing on wires, cables, insulation, and even the walls themselves.

Call a professional to eradicate this threat. This is not a pest you want to remove yourself. Even if you manage to get a few mice--which is a disgusting job--you'll never know if you got them all. And, if you don't seal your home, you won't be protected from future threats. Learn how to keep your family safe from this health risk today.

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