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Signs of mouse activity in your home

Mice constantly urinate and defecate throughout the day, leaving behind feces wherever they go. Every day, between 50 and 75 droppings are produced by mice. Mice feces can be found in cabinets, under appliances, and anywhere else the rodents have traveled in homes with an infestation.

The feces are typically black and have pointed ends and the shape of pellets. Additionally, their urine may leave unpleasant odors and stains, indicating their presence. Mice are typically heard most frequently at night and in the morning when the house is quiet. Their scurrying and scratching can be heard echoing through your walls, ceilings, and possibly even vents.

The sounds that mice make are frequently mistaken for those of much larger animals like raccoons and squirrels because they sometimes appear to be amplified. Tap your hand on the wall where you hear the noise to verify that it is not a mouse. Most of the time, the noises will stop for a while and then start up again soon after.

Mice have extremely strong teeth for their size, and they can chew through food packaging, plastic, wood, and even electrical wires, which can pose serious fire hazards. They may reside within your walls, but they prefer to nest in warm areas such as your attic or close to appliances that generate heat, such as stoves, dishwashers, furnaces, and water heaters.

To gain access to food and travel, they will construct 1 inch-diameter circular tunnels and holes. As a sign of mouse tunneling, keep an eye out for these holes in your insulation the size of golf balls. Mice chew their way through the house, as we mentioned previously. Additionally, they chew into your food. Dog food, bird seed, and pantry containers frequently have holes in the bottom that homeowners with mice infestations find. The chewing pattern occasionally leaves visible teeth marks.

You might find a lot of crumbs, seed hulls that haven't been used, and other debris in your pantry or near where the mouse is nesting. If this is the case, it is time to discard the food and have it inspected to prevent disease. Mice build their nests by shredding and collecting fibrous materials like cushions, insulation, paper, and occasionally your most recent jacket.

If you find shredded fabric or other materials, especially in dark corners or areas that are rarely used, it's likely that mice have moved in. Schedule a service with our pest control specialists if you suspect a mouse infestation in your home. We will be happy to assist you. We don't want to bother you, of course, but you should be aware of the dangers that a mouse infestation could pose to your home.

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