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Dealing with a Mouse Infestation
It’s not uncommon for homeowners to have mice in their buildings. That’s because mice can enter a home through dime-sized holes with ease. By squeezing through the wiring or plumbing holes, these small intruders access crawl spaces and walls. Storage rooms, attics, kitchens, walls, and pantries are warm areas where mice store food and build their nests.
Once these rodents invade a home, they multiply quickly thanks to their reproductive capability. Their behavior and size make them hard to detect, so mice problems often go unnoticed for a while. This enables the mice population to grow and thrive. As a result, things can quickly get out of control and you can end up with a home full of unwanted rodents.
Signs of Mice Infestation
Mice avoid well-lit places and are typically active in the nighttime, which is why they are difficult to identify and locate. Sometimes the mice infestation goes unnoticed for weeks or months. You might be unaware that furry revelers host a party behind your walls or in your attic.
It is critical that the mice problem is identified and addressed on time before the situation gets out of hand. Be sure to act fast if you notice any of these telltale signs:
- Scratching sound – You may hear scurrying, squeaking, and scratching sounds from your walls or ceiling. This usually occurs at night or in the evening when your home is quiet. Many people mistake these sounds for larger animals such as squirrels and raccoons.
- Chewing and gnawing – Just like other rodents, mouse continually chews and gnaws so as to wear down its incisors. Mice teeth are amazingly powerful given their size. They can chew through plastic, wood, and cardboard without a problem. Mice can create circular 1 ½-inch holes in food boxes to get access to food. Besides, they like to chew electrical wires as well.
- Urine and droppings – Mice constantly defecate and urinate leaving their droppings all over the place. They produce from 50 to 75 droppings daily. In the event of mice infestation, you may find their feces everywhere in your house – below appliances, in cupboards, etc. If you see black, small, pellet-shaped droppings on the floor, that could be a sign of mouse infestation. The mouse urine leaves behind a foul odor, so don’t be surprised if you experience a bad smell in your nose
- Nests and tunnels – Mice shred and gather fibrous materials, such as cushions, insulation, and paper, to make their nests. They also don’t shy away from eating through clothes. Aside from that, mice drill tunnels to create nests near appliances and in the attics. Mouse tunneling is a clear sign of infestation.
Humane Mouse Removal
Removing rodents from a home often requires expert handling. When it comes to humane removal methods, the process consists of the following steps:
- Identification, assessment, and removal – Once the mice entry points are identified, it is important to assess the situation with great attention. This plays a vital role in choosing the most economical and effective removal method. The key is to remove mice strategically and humanely. In most cases, this involves installing one-way doors.
- Cleaning up – Any contaminated area or material that causes health risks should be cleaned up thoroughly. It is imperative to do it professionally in order to minimize health concerns.
- Prevention – It is also of high importance to seal all the entry points to prevent mice from getting into your home again in the future. Plus, these spots should be deodorized in order to neutralize hormonal scents that attract nearby mice and other animals.
If you suspect that there’s the presence of rats or mice in your home, give us a call before your property becomes a breeding place for rodents. We offer long-term humane removal solutions that don’t only help get rid of mice but also prevent future return.
Damage and Health Concerns
Mice tend to cause significant damage when entering a house or property. These small animals can wreak havoc on apartments, offices, and other buildings. Besides structural problems, mouse damage can result in higher energy costs. They chew through wiring when building their nests in electrical appliances, thereby causing electrical hazards.
In addition to damaging your home, mice pose severe health risks. Mice infestation can seriously affect your well-being and health. Mice leave a lot of droppings that can carry rat-bite fever, hantavirus, mites, tapeworm, and ringworm. Other health concerns associated with mice include salmonellosis, Lyme disease, as well as allergies and asthma