While guests in the home are often a delight, unwanted guests evoke feelings of disgust and panic. Mice are some of the most common home invaders to cause serious damage and threat of disease. Take control of your dwelling by learning seven signs of a mice infestation brought you by the rodent exterminators of Alliance Pest Management.
#1: Chewed Containers
Food is the main attraction for mice entering your home. As soon as they arrive, they sniff out the cabinets and pantries and get to work. If you notice jagged holes in boxes, tears in wrappers or shredded bits of food on the shelves, you are not alone. Throw out any food that has been contaminated, as mice carry diseases such as salmonella and hantavirus.
#2: Disgusting Droppings
Mice constantly relieve themselves in dark and hidden areas of your home. Their distinctive droppings look like black grains of rice, measuring about ¼ inch in length. Mice droppings are toxic and must be removed using a specialized cleaning procedure.
#3: Frayed Furniture
The teeth of mice never stop growing, so they are constantly chewing to keep them filed down and sharp. If you find gnawed or scratched legs of your furniture or baseboards, you have uncovered a survival tactic of your creepy company.
#4: Offensive Odors
Your nose may detect one of the first clues of a mice infestation. Mice are known to emit a pungent, musky odor caused by their urine, feces and the oils in their skin. It is a challenging task to rid your home of the distinct smell of a mice infestation.
#5: Puzzled Pets
Your pets may detect your intruders before you do. Because of their heightened senses of smell and hearing, pets may begin to act oddly by staring at or pawing the walls. Pay attention if your pets start signaling a presence in your walls.
#6: Scary Scratching
Nothing is more unnerving than hearing scratching noises in your walls and ceilings. Mice are nocturnal creatures, so they will become most active just as you need to get to sleep. This daily ritual is quite maddening, causing a desire to spring into action.
#7: Rodent Runways
As your infestation grows, you may soon find grease spots along some walls, accompanied by tracks, debris and droppings. These problematic pathways develop because mice tend to travel the same paths each night, leaving their tell-tale signs behind them.
Contact a Professional
Now that you have identified a significant threat to your safety and sanitation, it is time to restore peace to your home. Call on the professionals of Alliance Termite and Pest Control, We not only know the clues that mice leave behind, but we have extensive experience in eliminating the threat safely, swiftly and completely. Contact us today for a free consultation.