Mice can bring danger to your health and property. They may look cute, but they can be hazardous, dirty, and destructive to any home. They carry numerous diseases that can be hazardous to everyone in your home. The worst part of a mouse infestation is that the rodents can multiply fast.
To avoid mice in your home, you need to recognise their presence as early as you can. Here are some signs to help you identify their company early:
1: You hear scratching or scrabbling noises at night
Mice are tiny creatures that pass through small holes in various parts of the house. Hearing a noise coming from your ceiling, walls, floors, or other parts of your home indicates the presence of a mouse. Usually, you might hear scratches or scampering noises at night since they are nocturnal animals.
2: Some house items have holes, tears, and teeth marks
A mouse loves to gnaw holes of different sizes. Their teeth continuously grow, which they need to file down by chewing. They also use the gnawed parts as part of their nest. They may also chew on your bedding, clothing, and other household items. They even chew on wires, which could potentially cause a fire hazard.
3: There are scattered droppings
Another noticeable sign of a mouse infestation is seeing droppings near their nesting areas. These are the tiny, black, and cylindrical in shape droppings that look like tiny rice grains. The droppings also help you assess how many of them are present in your house. The feces can also help you determine the species.
Usually, droppings that are less than 5-7 mm and have pointed ends are from mice, but if you see larger droppings, that could come from rats. When droppings are in varying sizes, that could mean there are both adults and young mice inside your house, indicating that they are breeding.
Use the droppings as your clue to finding where they are hiding, as these droppings are typically right next to their hiding spots. Make sure to dispose of the droppings safely. You should wear protective gloves and pick them up carefully to avoid exposure to various pathogens.
4: You smell a distinct odour coming from a specific area
Rodent urine has a distinct smell that is almost always noticeable—especially if the infestation is out of control. The mice use the scent to establish their territory, so you might smell it in enclosed areas, such as the cabinets, pantries, or drawers.
5: You notice potential nests they use for breeding
If you start to see different materials such as shredded paper, string, textiles, and other soft materials in random corners in the house, those might indicate nests that the mice build for reproduction. They love dark corners, such as under the stoves, inside the wall cavities, the ceiling, and even floorboards. Make sure to do a thorough inspection to learn where they hide and breed.
A mouse might look cute, but not until they infest your home. Make sure to observe the signs early on before they fully invade your property. The sooner you know about them—what type of rodent you are dealing with, their activity, and what brought them to your home—the faster and more successfully you can eliminate them.
Should you see any of the signs above, call professional pest solutions right away. They would make sure to address your pest problems effectively. If you are in the NSW area, CROSSFIRE is a trusted and reliable Sydney pest control company. We provide free inspections, conduct client consultations and pest treatment. Contact us today if you need our service.