For a homeowner mice are always a concern. They can be a costly annoyance. Not only because of the damage they cause, but removal as well. This is especially true if you have to call a professional wildlife service to deal with the problem.
How mice can get in your home
When the weather gets cooler and summer begins to fade, mice start to search for places to keep warm. Somewhere close to a reliable food source. A safe area to build a nest and have babies. Your home has all of these things. Actually, your house is the most sought after place for mice. All it takes is a hole the size of a dime.
Mice are incredibly nimble. They hardly need an invitation to get through your outside walls. They can easily chew through softer materials such as plastic and vinyl. There could gaps or holes in your foundation or roof line. Absolutely any gap leading inside your house makes for an easy entrance for rodents.
Where they prefer to live
Mice will live somewhere that’s hidden. They don’t want to be found. So, that’s why trapping them yourself can be quite difficult. Mice hide in the dark narrow corners of your home. Attics are good locations. They’re dark and warm. There’s insulation for them to manipulate into nesting material. Also, they’re hardly disturbed by people up there.
Your walls are another place you might come across mice. There’s enough space inside there to make nests to have babies. Interior walls might be closer to your kitchen or other food sources. In some walls there’s already insulation and it doesn’t take much work to make a cozy home. They use holes made for electrical and plumbing runs to travel between wall cavities.
Basements are often used for storing clutter. In some corner of the house there’s storage or something that makes a good spot for mice to hide. They like dark, tucked away places. Piles of old clothes, books or cardboard make great nesting material.
Signs of mouse infestation
The most sure fire sign of a mouse infestation is actual contact or sighting of a mouse in your home. Seeing one means there’s likely many others. Mice reproduce at an alarming rate and are never too far from the rest of their family and friends.
Mouse droppings can be found in pantries, cupboards or other places around your home. Feces are small dark brown pellets like a grain of rice. Rodents can easily get into your cereal, grains or nuts. Store them in sealable containers.
Chewed on wire, wood or plastic can be signs mice have moved in. Mice need to gnaw. Or they can be looking for access to other parts of the building.
Strange smells and sounds are usually heard at night. Mice are nocturnal so they’re most active in the cloak of darkness. Rustling or running sounds can usually be heard as mice scurry through walls or across floors. Rodents omit a musty odour. Also, their nests can smell like droppings and urine.
Finding a nest or nesting materials. Large areas of debris or soft materials can be organized as a home for mice. Sticks, newspaper, insulation, cardboard, leaves and others materials are commonly used for rodent nests.
Reasons they seem to never leave
The biggest reason mice seem to never leave is you’re not fixing the original point of entry. That’s the number one tip for pest control. Determining where the problem is coming from and properly sealing the entrance and any other places like it.
Burlington mouse removal service
To get rid of the mice inside we use one-way doors that allow the mice to exit when they go for food, but prevent their re-entry. If you’re dealing with an nagging mouse issue inside your home then don’t delay, call the mouse control specialists at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control.