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5 signs of a Mouse Infestation in the House

Mice Infestation in the HouseBeing 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.

Call KY-KO Pest Prevention for a free mice infestation inspection!

For more information on rodent control in Arizona and surrounding areas, you can contact  KY-KO Pest Prevention.

Bed Bugs: What You Need to Know

Free Bed Bug Inspection In Phoenix Metro AreaKY-KO Pest Prevention offers a free bed bug inspection in the Phoenix metro. In this blog post, we’ll review what bed bugs are, how to tell if you have them, some home treatments, and who you need to call if you have them.

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are little pests that love to hide in mattresses and bedding. They are inactive during most of the day and become active at night.

The nasty little creatures can go for weeks without feeding. The bugs can be found in hotels, apartments, college dorms, stores, offices, and homes.

Adult bedbugs are flat, wingless creatures about 0.6 cm (0.25 inches) long. The color of the bed bugs ranges from white to brown. After feeding, they become rusty red in color. Similar to mosquitoes, they feed on the blood of the victims and are known to leave itchy, red marks.

How do you know when you have bed bugs?

Bed bugs are commonly found in motels, shelters, hotels, and apartment complexes. However, they can also infest offices and houses, as well. The bugs tend to hide in small spaces in floors, beds, wood, and paper trash. They are transported through furniture, luggage, clothing, boxes, pillows, and other items.

The foremost sign of a bed bug infestation is itchy bites on the skin, particularly on the shoulders and arms. They tend to leave straight rows of bites. Some other signs of bedbug infestation include the following.

  • Small bloodstains on the mattresses and sheets
  • A sweet smell that emanates from the scent glands of the bed bugs
  • Dark spots representing bedbug waste near the hiding places on walls, beds, furniture, or floors
  • Presence of small bugs along the seams of mattresses

How do you treat bed bug bites?

In case you have been bitten by the bedbugs, you can apply the following home treatment to avoid an infection.

  • Use an anti-itch cream or calamine lotion to stop the itching.
  • Place a washcloth soaked in oatmeal over the itchy area for about 15 minutes. You can either buy an oatmeal powder from the drug store, or make an oatmeal solution yourself by wrapping a cup of oatmeal in a cotton cloth, and boiling it until soft
  • Wash the infected area with soap to prevent the chance of an infection
  • Apply an ice pack over the affected area to stop itching
  • Consult with a doctor in case of an infection

How do you deal with bed bugs? (Call KY-KO for a free bed bug inspection)

Apart from the above advice, you should also consider calling pest control firm for removal of bed bugs. KY-KO Pest Prevention is a family-run company that offers bed bug control services throughout the Phoenix metro. Contact us today to schedule your free bed bug inspection.