Signs of a mouse or rodent infestation include nighttime sounds, droppings, gnawed plastic or furniture, tracks, and a nest. House mice also emit musky odors. These signs help homeowners to identify nesting areas. Mouse nests are made from shredded fibers and other found materials.
THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT
Rodents are nocturnal. At night they often create scratching sounds as they run inside walls and along floors. Most of the sounds made are repetitive and sound distinct from creaking or settling. If you have pets they will probably detect these sounds before you.
Droppings and feces indicate areas where rodents are most active. Measuring approximately 3 to 6 mm in length, they are granular in shape and black in color. Mouse feces are commonly mistaken for cockroach or rat droppings.
GNAWED FURNITURE AND HOLES
Gnawed mouse holes are small, clear-cut, and about the size of a dime. Gnawed rat holes are large, about the size of a quarter, with rough torn edges.
A mouse nest looks like any other place a small mammal would use to produce and take care of its offspring. Made usually of scrap materials, gathered after a lot of chewing on various fabric, the mouse nest provides the perfect shelter and security for female mice to give birth to the new litter.
At Wildwoods Pest Control, we employ an approach to pest control called “Integrated Pest Management,” we believe that each home should be treated differently because each home is unique. Portland’s many varied neighborhoods each have specific needs and vulnerabilities. Wildwoods has served Portland area communities for several years and can create timely and effective extermination solutions to Portland’s rodent issues.
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