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What Are The Signs Of A Mouse Infestation?

What You Need To Know About Mice

You probably already know that mice are rodents, but did you know that all rodents have two incisors that never stop growing? This means that a mouse needs to chew on things constantly so those teeth don't grow too long. This chewing activity is one of the reasons it is never a good idea to have mice infesting your home or business. Now, one little mouse might not be able to do too much damage, but considering the fact that mice reproduce at an extremely fast rate, even one little mouse can become one big problem in a relatively short period of time.

Not only do mice reproduce quickly, with one female possibly producing as many as 10 litters in one year, they are known spreaders of disease; since they are excellent climbers, talented jumpers, and can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime, mice have no problem getting into all sorts of places, where they can leave those disease-causing germs. Here are some signs to look for if you're wondering whether or not you have mice living inside your home or business.

a house mouse crawling on the floor of a home in pennsylvania

Mouse Droppings

These tiny droppings are spindle-shaped, are about the size of a grain of rice, and can often be seen in the backs of silverware drawers, inside cabinets, along floor boards and other places. It is important to vacuum mouse droppings, not sweep, because sweeping will disturb dust particles that could cause harmful disease-causing particles to become airborne. One disease transmitted by mice by becoming airborne is hantavirus, which has symptoms similar to the common flu. If you suspect you or someone in your family has contracted this virus, seek medical attention immediately.

Tears Or Holes In Fabric, Clothing, Insulation Or Other Materials

If you are finding pieces of these materials missing, be aware that mice use these things to build their nests. If you have mice, you may begin seeing shredded fabric or other material in secluded areas, especially in dark corners. If you do a search and find areas where these materials are collecting, you can be fairly confident that mice have found their way into your home or business.

Holes In Drawers, Kitchen Cabinets, Or Other Areas

If a mouse does not find a hole big enough to squeeze in your home or business, it may find a smaller hole and chew at it until it is big enough. Once inside it will continue to chew holes in walls and other items. Mice will chew on anything from wood to sheetrock, from plastic to electrical wiring. If they get into your walls and chew on wires, there is a chance they could spark a house fire. While this might take care of your mouse problem, it is probably not the best way to go.

Noises In Your Walls Or Attic

Mice are famous for making scratching, gnawing, scampering noises inside walls. If you are lying in bed and you notice these noises, you might have mice. If the noises are happening in the daytime, chances are they are not being caused by mice, since mice are nocturnal creatures.

Holes In Food Packages

Mice are adept at getting into food storage areas and will, in short order, chew into any flimsy materials such as thin plastic or cardboard. To protect your food products from mice and other pests, consider storing all items either inside your refrigerator or freezer, or placing them into tightly sealed hard plastic containers.

Tiny Footprints

If you leave a dusting of powder on your countertop, or a spill on the floor, and the next morning you find tiny little footprints tracking through, that is a good indication that you have mice.

What To Do About Mice In Your Home Or Business

If you are seeing, or hearing, any of the above signs in your home or business, you should be aware that not only do mouse infestations grow rapidly, they are extremely difficult to completely eradicate on your own. When an infestation appears, reach out to Moyer Pest Control; we offer both home pest control and commercial pest control services to safely and thoroughly eliminate rodent infestations in any property.

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