Most homeowners will find it hard to believe, but just about every attic we inspect has signs of mouse activity. That’s right, even if you’ve never seen or heard them; chances are they’re up there. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control visits thousands of homes each year so we’re used to answering all kinds of questions when it comes to mice.
Here are just some of the most frequently asked of the more common questions:
How can you tell that I have mice?
Mouse infestations are most easily detected by performing a thorough inspection of the attic. If you have mice, droppings and trails through the insulation are the easiest ways to tell.
Why have I never seen a mouse?
Mice are pretty low on the food chain and as a result have developed behaviours to avoid detection by predators. They are most active at night and prefer to nest and travel in small dark places. Under most circumstances mice will avoid open spaces that are well lit. If you are regularly seeing mice running around your kitchen or living room it’s an indication of a severe infestation that requires immediate attention.
Why don’t I hear any noises?
We’ve all heard the expression “quiet as a mouse” and in many cases it’s true. Mice that are tucked away behind attics and walls can flourish for a long time without producing a lot of noise due to their small size and sound reducing insulation.
Despite this, many homeowners will begin to suspect that they have mice after hearing noises coming from behind ceilings and walls – usually at night. The noise that gives them away most often is described as scratching but you’re hearing it actually the sound of mice chewing. Mice love to gnaw on hard surfaces to keep their teeth worn down and sharp. They will chew plumbing, electrical and wood joists. Oddly enough, the sound of mice chewing can get quite loud with many people mistaking it for squirrel activity.
How can I have mice if I have a cat?
Cats are pretty good at controlling mouse populations in wide open spaces but they have a much more difficult time getting to mice that live behind walls, ceilings and appliances.
My house is spotless, how can I have mice?
Mice, like most species of urban wildlife, are guided by their need for food and shelter. Even the most immaculately maintained homes can become infested with mice simply because of the warmth they offer. Mice will store food inside the house that they have found on the exterior. Common food sources in most neighbourhoods include garbage, bird feeders and gardens.
How are mice getting into my house?
The answer to this question is different for every home. Mice are able to squeeze into just about any hole larger than a dime. They are also excellent climbers and jumpers so their entry points could be found along the ground or as high as the roof.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Mice create foul odours, unsanitary living conditions and home damage. If your attic shows signs of mouse activity you can bet that it will show up on a home inspectors report and that could hurt your chances of selling one day.
It’s important to deal with a mouse infestation quickly before it gets out of hand. Calling a professional wildlife control company is a great place to start. Here at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control we specialize in removing mice from homes and preventing their re-entry. Our workmanship and materials come with a lifetime warranty.
Our trained technicians will help guide you through our process and prepare write you no obligation quote. Every situation is different so be sure to give us a call to book your inspection.