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Three Signs That You Have Mice in Your Home, and What to do About it

Do You Have Mice?

This holiday season we hope that all through the house not a creature is stirring not even a mouse. But the reality is winter is here, and those furry little rodents are seeking shelter from the cold.

 

Mice may seem harmless, but they carry diseases such as salmonella, typhus, and rat-bite fever; and if left untreated, will destroy your home and property. As ferocious chewers, mice will chew through your drywall, insulation, and electrical wiring—posing a risk for fire.

Here’s what to look for if you suspect mice are in your home:

Scurrying noises

You’ll hear them at night, since mice are nocturnal. Don’t think it’s the wind or your ears playing tricks on you. Chances are if you hear the scurrying sounds, it’s too late. You’ve got a problem.

Droppings around your house

A tell-tale sign that mice are in your home is the droppings you’ll find in your kitchen cabinets, pantry, boxes, storage containers, bags, and along walls or inside the cushions of furniture.

Signs of damage in the garage, pantry, basement, and attic

Have you noticed holes chewed out of that bag of bird seed in your garage? How about the cereal boxes in the pantry? Be careful to seal up all food, pet food, and garbage, especially the supplies in your garage, basement, and attic. Also, mice will seek out insulation or other materials to build their nests in dark, quiet parts of your home.

Now what? What do you do if signs of mice are in your home?

If you suspect mice are living in your home, first inspect the property to try and find where their entry points are. Do you see holes or cracks in the foundation?

Then, contact a professional pest control company to help you with rodent removal. They will put a plan in action to get rid of your problem and keep your home pest-free. This may involve sealing cracks, weather stripping windows and around the basement foundation, installing door sweeps, and placing screens in vents and chimneys.

Don’t forget to store food in airtight containers and dispose your garbage often. Also, store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home. These are just small ways you can help keep the mice where they belong—off your property.

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