Being nocturnal creatures, mice prefer to keep hidden during the day and tend to search for food items during the night. But there are a few telltale signs that can indicate mouse activity and a mice infestation inside the house.
1. Squeaking noises
Mice don’t actually maintain pin-drop silence when they are inside the house. You can hear rustling, squeaks, and scampering sounds as they move about their nest. The noises can generally be heard during the night as you are getting ready to go to bed while they are waking up.
2. Small droppings
Mice are prolific poopers. If you see small droppings near pantries, kitchen cabinets, cupboards, bins, drawers, and others places where food is stored, you can rest assured that a mouse has infested your house.
The droppings are granular in shape and black in color. They can also be found on top of wall studs, along walls, and in bags, boxes, old furniture and other similar objects.
3. Holes in bags
If you see holes in bags or food packaging, you can rest assured that a mouse has infested the house. Mice tend to nibble anything that they can smell including bags of pasta, boxes, rice, grain products, and beans.
They also tend to be attracted to dog food bags as they can smell the meaty smell, similar to your canine friend.
3. Grease marks
Mice tend to wedge through openings that are only quarter of an inch in size. As they pass through the small openings, they leave greasy smear marks that are caused by dirt and oil in their coats. You should suspect a mice infestation if you see the grease smears.
Keep in mind that mice leave small smears while rats tend to leave a larger smear.
4. Gnaw marks
The marks of gnawing on wood, wires, and pipes are signature characteristics of the mice. They tend to gnaw at objects to keep their incisor teeth sharp. Sometimes you won’t see gnaw marks and instead see coarse sawdust or wood chips along the door, baseboards, cabinets, and window frames. These also indicate mouse infestation inside the house.
5. Excited pets
If your pet dog or cat seems to be acting more crazy (than usual), it may indicate a mice infestation. Pets tend to become excited when they see a mouse or other rodent. They get excited particularly near the area where the mouse may be hiding. In such a case, you should better call a professional rodent control expert.
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