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How do you know if you have an actual mouse infestation?

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If you are seeing strange little pellets in the backs of your silverware drawers, or noticing an odd smell in your home, you may have cause for concern. This article will focus on the signs of a mouse infestation and what you can do about it. If your home has been invaded by mice, you may notice:

  • Mouse droppings. Even the discovery of just a few mouse droppings can be the sign of a major problem.

  • Chew marks. Mice are known for chewing on a wide variety of items. Most of the time, when this happens, you will see shavings or debris.Tunnels or burrows. Mice tend to use soft materials such as insulation to build nests in dark areas. These nest areas are typically littered with droppings.

  • Noises in your walls. During the evening hours, when it is quiet; gnawing, scratching, scampering and possibly even squeaks can be heard.

  • A distinct odor. Mouse urine is used to communicate with other rodents. Mice will mark their territory or try to attract a mate with urine. As the mouse population grows, this odor will become more noticeable.

Some good things you can do to get rid of mice:

If you've experienced the signs listed above and want to rid your home of these disease-carrying rodents, the following is a list of things you can do.

  • Thoroughly inspect your foundation walls, outside walls and roof area for gaps or cracks. Use a caulking gun to seal those holes. Be careful to check around pipes, wires, air conditioning units, or any other spot where something enters the home. Take note that a mouse can fit through an opening the size of a dime.

  • Trim back bushes and tree limbs from your home. Mice, other animals, and insects use these as bridges.

  • Keep all outside trash in tightly sealed containers.

  • Maintain a clutter-free yard.

  • Clean your home thoroughly, especially where food is kept. Don't forget areas where food particles accumulate, such as the bottom of a toaster.

  • Wash dishes immediately or keep them in a sink full of soapy water, instead of stacked by the sink.

  • Store all food in the refrigerator or in sealed plastic containers.

Generally, putting down traps is ineffective. You may be able to catch mice, but you will never know how many more there are in your walls, and it can turn into a never-ending battle with illness.

The best thing you can do to get rid of mice, and stay mouse-free:

Since rodents are able to carry up to 35 different diseases that can be transmitted to humans, it is not a good idea to fool around with a mice infestation.

If you are seeing the signs listed above, it is time to call in the professionals. Our pest technicians here at McCall Service will be happy to come and take care of your mouse problem professionally, efficiently, and promptly. 

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