Have you ever woken up to the sound of scurrying across your floors or tiny little squeaks?  Maybe it’s just an overactive imagination…or maybe not!  House Mice are a common problem in homes.  Although they are generally harmless, we must not forget that mice are a nuisance and a threat to the health of our home.  Mice are known to cause damage and carry diseases.

Here are some signs that you may have an unwanted visitor in your home:

  • Gnaw marks – Check for tooth marks and wood shavings around doors, baseboards, and cabinets.  Mice will also chew on food containers to get access to food.
  • Droppings and/or urine – Look for droppings about the size of a grain of rice along walls, storage areas and next to objects.
  • Tracks/footprints – Look for footprints.  The front foot will have 4 toes and the back foot will have 5 toes.
  • Rub/Grease marks – When mice are traveling along walls, pipes, etc, they leave greasy smears as dirt and oil from their fur rub off onto the surfaces.
  • Burrows – They often create nests in materials such as insulation.
  • Damaged goods – Because of their constant chewing, droppings, and urination they are known to damage wood, electrical wiring, insulation and other items around the home.
  • Nests – Check areas of the house for nests built of debris.
  • Sounds – Listen for squeaks and squeals at night when the house is quiet and the mice are most active.
  • Sightings – Mice are very inquisitive so be on the lookout.

If you find a mouse or signs of a mouse in your home, call Northwest Exterminating for mouse control.

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