Was that a rustling sound in your wall? Scurrying, shuffling, and scratching sounds in the night may be a sign of a mouse in your house. Whether you hear critter noises or spot a furry intruder, it’s time to contact Skedaddle for wildlife control in Whitby. Explore the signs of a single scout or a major infestation in an extended family gathering of mice.
Signs of a Single Mouse
Unfortunately, a lone mouse is a rare scenario. Mice are capable of having litters every 20 days, and one of the most common reasons for a mouse to set up a nest in your home is to prepare for these bundles of joy. Here are a few signs that you may have only one fellow scoping out a place to eat and live:
- Spotting a mouse during the day
- Seeing a mouse after a sudden cold snap
- Noticing minimal signs, such as a few mouse droppings
A solitary mouse may be escaping a predator or particularly cold weather. In this case, expect to see it in a high-traffic area during the day. If this is the case and you don’t see any other signs of activity, you may be lucky enough to have only a single rodent. It’s still important to contact a wildlife control team for an inspection, as one mouse that finds its way into your home could eventually have a litter and multiply.
Signs of an Infestation
A much more likely scenario is that you’re already too late. Spotting one elusive mouse typically means there are at least five or six hiding out in your walls, basement, or attic. This is particularly true if you see a mouse at night or in a low-traffic area of your home. For more proof of a full infestation, look for these indicators:
- Scratching noises in the evening
- Smudges on your baseboards
- Chewed food containers
- Large amounts of droppings
Some homeowners insist on do-it-yourself mouse removal solutions. From live trapping to deterrents, these DIY methods may seem to work for the first few days. However, there are a number of reasons to avoid removing mice on your own.
First, you’re unlikely to catch all of them; mice may be curious, but they are also crafty. A few mice may go to the same trap, but many more will take the hint and find an alternative hideout.
Secondly, mice can carry diseases and fleas. They can scratch, bite, and otherwise protect themselves when faced with danger. These combined factors put you at risk of contracting a disease by attempting to handle live traps with a mouse inside. Let our professional team perform this task with the right tools and protective equipment.
Finally, mice are experts at entering your home. If you have any hole the size of a dime to enter your home, the rodents you remove may simply return to their old nests, particularly by the scent of their former housemates. As a part of our professional mouse removal process, our team ensures that every hole, crack and crevice is sealed effectively to prevent a future infestation.
After all the rodents are safely removed and prevented from re-entry, it’s time to clean your home. Mouse droppings and urine can affect the wellness of your household. Our professional decontamination service will ensure your home is free from the health risks associated with mouse intrusion.
Contact Skedaddle for Wildlife Control
Enjoy a mouse-free home with our removal, prevention, and decontamination services. Contact our Skedaddle Whitby team today to schedule an inspection and see just how many mice are cohabitating with you. Whether you have a single visitor or an entire nest full of tiny rodents, work with us to tell them humanely to scurry.