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Is there a Mouse in my House? Signs of a Rodent Problem

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A shocking fact: A family of 6 mice could potentially multiply into a family of 60 in just a few months time. If you couple that fact with another fact: Mice are searching for a warm place to call home during the cold winter months…

We arrive at the probability that a mouse problem in a dwelling without preventative measures is pretty likely!

Being that mice can be destructive and can also spread disease, it’s important to learn identification facts to safeguard your home or business. Mice are nocturnal creatures; therefore you may need to search for signs to confirm their presence in your home or business.

Identify Droppings– Typically droppings are the most obvious sign of a mouse infestation. Droppings tend to be tiny (about ¼ inch), black and numerous.  Mice are not picky about where they lay their droppings. If you find waste matter around nesting sites, on shelving, floors or counters, it is a good indicator that you have a mouse infestation.

If you’re looking for additional waste clues, mouse urine will show up under ultraviolet light.

Recognize Routes– Mice tend to use the same routes and travel against walls when navigating; this leaves dirty grease smudges on walls, floors and baseboards. You may also notice urine spots on those same routes.

Sense a Scent-Open a cupboard and get a whiff of a distinctive smell? A strong ammonia odor (the scent of urine) may be obvious, especially in enclosed areas. Mice mark their territory and also mark their regularly used paths.

Locate Damage-Mice have teeth that continuously grow and so they like to gnaw to keep their teeth shorter. Gnaw marks and holes can be found on plastic and wood and most dangerously, on electrical wires which can be a fire hazard.

Food storage sites can also be areas in which to see gnaw marks. Mice will chew up boxes and contaminate stored food items.

Noticing Nests– Mice shred paper and other soft materials for nesting sites. Good hiding places for nests include: cabinets, in dishwashers, behind refrigerators, ceilings, wall voids and other storage areas. Usually young mice will be present within the nesting site.

Hearing Sounds-Noticing any scratching sounds? Listen for scurrying noises in walls and ceilings, especially at night when mice are most active.

Lastly, you may spot dead mice around your home. If you’re seeing live mice during the daytime, this can be an indication of a large infestation.

Mice are unsanitary creatures and can spread disease, so the best course of action is to let a professional pest management company handle a mouse infestation.

The pest specialists at Safeway Pest Management are knowledgeable and ready to help with your mouse problem. Give us a call at 262-679-4422 in Muskego, 262-354-3444 in Oconomowoc or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net.

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The Not So Nice Regarding Mice

Some think they are cute, some even have them as pets, but if you have had a mouse infestation in your home, you probably feel slightly different about them.

The house mouse is considered one of the most troublesome pests in the United States. Besides causing damage in structures, they also can carry disease and contaminate food sources.

You will know you have a mouse infestation by some pretty evident signs. These signs include droppings, signs of gnawing, tracks, bedding materials near nesting sites, and a musky odor. Mice can be seen mostly at night, but during the daytime as well.

Mice have some pretty impressive capabilities, such as the ability to fit into a ¼ inch crack and they can walk on cables and ropes. Mice can also jump 13 inches from the floor upward onto a flat surface.

Here are some more facts about the common house mouse:

Appearance:

The house mouse is small and slender, 3 to 4 inches long, with large ears, small eyes and a pointed nose. Their coloring can be light brown or light gray to black. Their droppings are rod-shaped.

Habit:

The house mouse can be found nesting in fields and grassy and wooded areas, but will also nest within structures such as homes, especially once temperatures drop. They establish a “territory” near food sources that are generally 10 to 30 feet from their nest. They are inquisitive, but also very wary. They are also excellent climbers.

Diet:

The house mouse prefers seeds and nuts, but will eat almost anything available.

Reproduction:

House mice are prolific breeders by two months of age. They can have upwards of 5-10 litters per year, with four to seven young per litter. The life span of a mouse is about 9 to 12 months.

To prevent a mouse infestation good sanitation and mouse-proof construction are the most important methods. It’s best to keep food put away when not in use, keep garbage areas cleaned up, and plug up any entry holes that mice may be using to get in.

Safeway Pest Management is licensed, certified and knowledgeable in the treatment of mice. If you have a rodent problem, please call our office at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800.

You can also visit our website at http://www.safewaypest.net

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