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Things That Go Bump In The Night

February 5, 2016

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Have you been having trouble going to sleep because you are hearing strange noises coming from inside your walls, or from your attic? Do you hear skittering, scratching, or other strange sounds? Perhaps you are worried that there is paranormal activity going on in your house? Well, chances are, those noises are most likely mice, not ghosts. But, just in the off chance that you don't believe us, take a look at the following signs of a mouse infestation and decide for yourself.

Ghosts Or mice?

Mouse poo: Mice will leave their droppings and urine wherever they roam. This may be in the backs of silverware drawers, inside cabinets, behind appliances, along baseboards, in the attic, or any other place they have wandered. An accumulation of these droppings and urine will, over time, create an awful smell. Droppings are tiny and dark in color. If they have been there awhile, they will be hard and dry. Fresh droppings will be soft and moist. If you find droppings and are not sure if they are fresh (and don't want to touch them) sweep them up and then check back in a few days. If more are present, then you have an active infestation of mice.

Mouse markings

Mice have oil on their fur which will rub off onto areas they rub against. If you see grease stains around holes in your baseboards than chances are they have been made by a mouse, or lots of mice, squeezing in and out of that hole.


Mice are nocturnal creatures, which means they are active during the night time hours. If you are hearing scratching, scampering, chewing, or any other unexplained noises coming from inside your walls or ceiling, it is safe to assume that mice are causing those noises.


Typically, mice will build their nests in areas that are quiet and undisturbed, such as attics or inside walls, but bolder mice may make a nest under an appliance or even inside a cupboard. If you find a nest, look to see what it is made of. Mice tend to create their nests using materials that come from wood, such as paper and cardboard. They may also use cloth. If you see a nest like this anywhere in your home, you have at least one family of mice infesting your house.

Mouse tracks

If you suspect mice, sprinkle some powder in areas where you suspect them to be. If the powder ends up with tiny little footprints in it, you have mice.

Visible evidence

If you see a mouse running along your kitchen baseboard and into a hole in the wall, you definitely have mice. The problem with a mouse sighting is that if you see a single mouse, there are most likely many more that you do not see.

So, you have mice, now what?

Although there are many things you can do to try to keep mice from invading your home, once they have settled in, they can be very difficult to completely eradicate without professional help. Get rid of those "ghosts" in your attic, and start getting some sleep, with mouse trapping and monitoring, from the mice-busters here at Moyer Indoor | Outdoor. We have the right tools to take care of those things that go bump in the night. Make sure to contact us today!!

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