What Are The Signs Of Mice Infestation?

Posted by brainjmedia03 on Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Spring has sprung, and with the warmer months on their way, critters and pests will be more active and find their way into your nice warm and dry house. In the Northwest, we have a wide variety of small nuisance animals that like to try and squeeze their way into your home. These animals then wreak havoc in your vents, crawl space and attic, contaminating them with waste. What are some of the warning signs you might have a mouse infestation?

  • Droppings, typically left behind in kitchen cabinets, pantries, cupboards, drawers, bins, and anywhere else they think they might find food, or where they scurry to avoid predators. Rodents are prolific poopers, so it’s pretty easy to spot if you have an infestation. It’s also not uncommon to see droppings along walls, on top of wall studs or beams, near nests, and in boxes, bags, old furniture, and other objects.

  • Squeaks and other noises. Rodents aren’t what you’d call quiet. If they’re in your house, you’ll hear squeaks, rustling, and scampering sounds as they move about and nest. Noises are often more apparent at night as you’re going to bed and they’re waking up.

  • Urine pools or trails. Rodents are notorious for having weak bladders, and they’ll dribble all over the place. House mice sometimes make things called “urinating pillars,” which are small mounds consisting of grease, dirt, and yes, urine. Sometimes you’ll see tiny drops of urine leading to a mound.

  • Nibble marks on food boxes, food, or containers. These telltale signs are often accompanied by nearby droppings.

  • Nests. Rodents build nests from soft, fuzzy, or warm materials, such as fabric, furniture stuffing, quilt batting, shredded paper, grass, and twigs, and will typically stuff them into sheltered, out-of-the-way places like boxes, cabinets and closets, walls, even the subspace between ceilings and floors. Other possible mouse nest sites include dressers, behind and inside appliances, and machinery, even computer cases — basically, anywhere it’s cozy and warm.

  • Grease marks. Mice can wedge through openings as small as a quarter of an inch in size. As they do, they often leave greasy smears — caused by oil and dirt in their coats — behind. The marks left by mice are fainter than those left by rats. If you find large greasy smears, you should suspect a rat infestation instead.

  • Gnaw marks. Gnawing is a defining characteristic of all rodents. They do it to keep their incisor teeth, which grow continually, in check. Wood is a favorite,but they’ll pretty much chew on whatever suits them. This includes electrical wire, which, as noted in Electrical Fires, makes them a leading cause of structural fires. On wood, newer gnaws are light colored. They turn darker with age. Sometimes you won’t see gnaw marks, but you’ll see what looks like fine wood chips or coarse sawdust, especially along baseboards, door and window frames, and cabinets.

At Wildwoods Pest Control we take your needs seriously. That’s why our inspections are always free. You need to know what’s going on in your home without feeling any pressure to buy something you aren’t sure you need.

If you are currently dealing rodents are looking to take the next step, we can usually schedule a free pest inspection the same day that you call.  Call 971-219-6681 Today!

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