How to Tell If Your Home Has Mice

While some people enjoy having mice as pets, for most, the sight of a mouse in one’s home can be disgusting and horrifying. The trouble with mice infestations is that they can grow incredibly fast. For this reason, it’s important to know what signs mean your home has a mouse problem.

Not sure if your home has a mouse infestation? Here are a few ways to tell.

Droppings

Keep an eye out for mouse droppings around your kitchen and in your home’s undisturbed areas, like the attic or garage. Mouse droppings are small, dark, and similar in shape to a grain of rice, only slightly smaller. They’re often found near sources of food, so check around your pantry, fridge, and behind food packages.

Teeth Marks

Another sign of a mouse in your home is damaged furniture, electronics, and packaging. Mice must gnaw continuously to keep their incisors filed down to a manageable size. If you notice that the legs of your couch or electrical cords have teeth marks, then you have a mouse in your home.

Noises in The Walls and Cupboards

You may have heard the phrase “silent as a mouse,” but mice can be quite noisy, especially between dusk and dawn, when they’re typically most active. If your home has a mouse infestation, you may hear mice scurrying and scratching around inside your home’s cupboards, ductwork, and walls during the night.

Unpleasant Smells

Mouse droppings and urine can reek. If you notice a foul, ammonia-like odor in your home, similar to stale urine, especially near food or water sources, that is a sure sign you have a mouse problem.

Unusual Pet Behavior

If you own a cat or dog, their behavior can clue you in to a possible mouse infestation. Dogs and cats have a keen sense of smell, and they can detect a mouse much sooner than any human. If your cat is displaying stalking behavior outside of a cupboard, or if your dog is whining, barking, or scratching at one of your walls or air vents, there could very well be mice just a few feet away.

At Greenix Pest Control dealing with pests is our specialty so that you can enjoy peace of mind in your home. For help with a mouse problem on your property, contact us online or call us today at (888) 800-7181.