Mice are unwelcome guests at any home. Not only are they pests but they also carry and spread potentially dangerous diseases, bacteria, and viruses. They can be responsible for damages to personal property and crops. Mice infestation is an issue that can be proved difficult to deal with. However, there are steps you can take to, first of all, establish if you have mice, and to eradicate them.
Your home can always be susceptible to mice infestation. However, during colder months mice are on the lookout for warmth and food. This is when they are most likely to enter your home through cracks and crevices.
Signs of Mice Infestation
- Droppings – you can usually find droppings in areas where mice nest, feed, and breed. Mice droppings are small, black, and oval in shape. They resemble rice grains. You should take utmost care when removing mice droppings as they carry bacteria and viruses. Always wear protective gloves. Avoid sweeping and vacuuming dropping. If you disturb them, they may release fumes full of bacteria and viruses. It is best to pick them up carefully and place them is a sealable bag.
- Noises – mice are most active at night. If you hear scratching or scrabbling in walls and crevices, it may be mice infestation. Because mice are excellent climbers and jumpers, they easily move around. They are also very quick and flexible. Mice can fit into holes and openings much smaller than their bodies. This is why it may be difficult to actually spot them.
- Dark smears – when mice brush against walls, floors, and skirting boards they leave greasy smudges. Additionally, mice tend to use the same routes repeatedly.
- Holes and tears in fabric and soft materials – mice build nests using soft materials. If you find suspicious tears in fabric or shredded paper it may be a sign of mice infestation. Usually, mice build their nests in dark corners or behind appliances like fridges or stoves.
- Teeth marks – mice grow their teeth continuously and so they need to gnaw on hard materials, including wood and plastic. This can be dangerous as mice are able to chew through cables causing fire hazard or power outage. Look out for teeth marks on hard materials.
- Strong smells – mice urinate quite often; additionally, their urine leaves quite a strong, lingering, ammonia-like smell.
- Holes and tears in food packages – check your pantry and cupboards for any holes and tears in food packages, for example, cereal boxes, rice, seeds, and nuts packets. Mice largely like the same food as we do.
The above are the most common signs of mice infestation. Occasionally, you may be able to see a mouse at night. If you see one in the daytime, that means you have a serious mice problem. If you are worried you could be affected, please call us now on 01992 830068. At Novum, we have an experienced, professional pest control team.
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