Mice are a very common home invading pest, and an infestation can be problematic. They will build nests, contaminate food, spread disease and cause property damage, and as such, removing them should be a top priority. However, this is easier said than done. Before you take any drastic action, we have assembled this FAQ so that you can be fully informed about these pests.
How do I know if I have a mouse infestation?
The first and most obvious sign is seeing a mouse in the home. However, at that point, it means that you already have a pretty large colony. Some other signs to look for before it gets to that point include:
- Gnaw marks.
- Food scraps left around in places where you do not usually eat.
- Small, rodent hairs.
- Runways – you might notice pathways where there is suspiciously no dust, or where you see slight grease marks.
- Skittering noises on hardwood floors or within the walls at night.
What is the difference between a mouse and a rat?
Rats are a much larger animal than mice at about 14 to 16 inches in length if you include the tail. Mice on the other hand are around 5 to 7.5 inches with the tail included. If you notice a very large animal, you are dealing with a rat infestation.
Why is there shredded paper and other pieces of material across my home?
Mice will search around the home for soft materials in order to build their nests. These can include paper, insulation, cardboard, and the like. As they break down these materials into pieces and carry them towards their nests, they might leave a few behind here and there.
Why are mice considered pests?
A single female can give birth to around 60 mice per year, and the offspring reach reproductive age in about six weeks. Before long, you can have a very large infestation on your hands. On top of that, they may gnaw on electrical wire, insulation and wood within the walls, and they are known disease carriers. A mouse infestation should be addressed as soon as possible.
How did the mice get into my home?
Mice will usually find their way into a building through gaps and holes. These holes do not have to be big at all. Even a quarter of an inch is enough for a mouse to squeeze through. Furthermore, if it will not fit through the hole, it will start gnawing at it until the hole is bigger. Mice can also jump up to 13 inches high, run on ropes, cables and wires, and they are excellent climbers and swimmers. Once they set their sight on a property, they will go to great lengths to build a nest there.
How can I remove the infestation?
The best way to remove a mouse infestation is to hire a professional, especially if you have a large nest. If you suspect that you currently have an infestation, contact us today, and we will take care of it.