While visitors are (usually) a delight to have around the house, unwelcome guests, like pests and rodents, are not. Nothing ruins a peaceful afternoon like hearing the scamper of little feet shimmying across your ceiling, or even worse, seeing one run across your kitchen floor.
But aside from those more obvious signs that you have a mice control issue, what are some other signs?
Mice don't care what they gnaw on. Whether it's a box of oats in the bottom of your pantry or a metal water pipe, mice can and will chew on everything. It's not because they're teething; mice gnaw on different things in search of food and water, so check areas where that might be a problem to see if you can find teeth marks. Once you discover them, call a mice pest control service ASAP, since chewing on an electrical cord, for example, could start a fire.
Urine stains - or more likely, urine odors, usually identified by a strong, musky smell - are a tell-tale sign that you have something that is living in your house. More often though, the homeowner will find hard droppings laying around, usually where they've stopped to eat. While it may be tempting to simply pick up the pieces and put them in the trash, make sure you put on gloves first. Mice carry diseases that can be harmful to humans, and those can be transmitted through their feces.
When mice are about ready to give birth, they'll use everything they can find to create a nest - paper, string, garbage, etc. If they're indoor mice, you'll see these usually in the corner of a room, but if you're dealing with outdoor mice, you'll find their nests in attics, trees, or a growth of some kind. Simply moving the nest won't be enough, however; you'll need to call a service that specializes in mice control to relocate the nest and get rid of the scent, which will encourage the mother to return.
If you don't see any of the more obvious signs on this list, keep an eye on your dogs and cats. If you notice that your cat is running rapidly from room to room like it's chasing something, or that your dog won't stop barking, it's likely they're seeing something that you don't. And if that's a mouse, you'll want to call a mice control service immediately to get rid of the problem. Contact Anteater Pest Control for more.