What Damage Mice Can Do to Your HomeMice can quickly cause a lot of damage to your home because they reproduce quickly. There is never only one mouse. They chew on just about anything that can help them create a nest for their young, wood, paper, cloth, and insulation. Mice love to burrow into furniture or walls to create hidden nests to protect their young. They build nests just about anywhere in your home, under large appliances, in your attic, and in a closet. Mice chew through electrical wiring. They leave behind urine and fecal droppings, which contaminate the material. Not only do they spread disease and ruin food, but they also leave a scent trail for other mice, practically inviting more mice to live in your home. This damage can really add up in just a few months. Your homeowners’ insurance won’t cover mice or other rodent damage.
Signs of a Mice ProblemMice are shy animals, so you may not actually see the mice, but you can see the signs:
- Mouse droppings – mouse poop looks like small, brown rice.
- Nests – mice nests can be found in the dark corners of your home.
- Odour – you may smell musty, stale urine, but you could also have a rank smell from a dead mouse. Mouse urine can be white when it dries.
- Scratching noises – you may hear mice scurrying in your walls or hear them chewing.
- Teeth marks – mice chew to keep their teeth from growing too large. They constantly chew, so you may notice food bags that are chewed up or electrical cords that have been gnawed on.