You might be living with mice right now and not even know it. Mice are sneaky, resourceful, and reproduce quickly. These pests can cause health problems for your family and pets, as well as costly damage to valuables and structures. Keep reading to learn how to spot signs of these pests.
Signs of Mice
Here are eight common signs that you may have mice in your Baltimore home:
Mice are very active at night, so you might not see them during the day or even be aware they exist in your home.
Mice forage in search of food, water, and materials for their nests. They leave behind droppings, urine, and nesting materials wherever they go.
Mice burrows are small openings found in earthen banks or under concrete slabs and walls.
Mice will eat any type of food, including grains, vegetables, nuts, and fruit. They’ll also eat whatever else they can find, including pet food, paper, glue, and insulation.
They make up to 30 visits to an identified food source in a single day. Most mice eat approximately 3 g of food each day, about 10% of their body weight.
Mouse droppings are small and cylindrical. They accumulate near the kitchen, pantry, and other stored food. They are about the size of a grain of rice.
Mouse Footprints and Pathways
Mice prints are typically about 3/4 of an inch wide and have four front and five back toes. Sometimes there is a tail drag mark running through them.
Mice follow the same route along a wall and other objects as they navigate through your home. Their pathway will be low to the ground and easy to spot.
Mice marks are often visible on corners, edges of furniture, and along baseboards or drywall. The smudge is caused by the oil on their fur rubbing off against the hard surface.
Mice teeth never stop growing, so they chew on things to keep them trimmed. Furniture, walls, electrical wires, and insulation are common targets.
Mice make the most noise at night. Rustling, scurrying, squeaking, and scratching noises are the most common. They can be heard in walls, behind furniture, and beneath cabinets.
Mice make these noises with their teeth as they chew and gnaw, but they also make noise when they scuttle around.
Mice urine and droppings produce a foul, musky odor that can trigger asthma and allergy attacks.
The odor helps mice establish and mark their territory, allowing them to communicate with other mice and attract mates.
A dead mouse can produce a terrible smell that could affect the quality of life in your home.
How We Deal With a Mouse Problem
Our team will identify the source of the problem, find out how mice are entering the space, and recommend a course of action.
We examine your entire home, especially areas with suspected or observed activity.
The technician will survey the outside of your home for any entry points. Then the interior, the attic, basement, and other areas are checked for evidence of mice nests, droppings, chewed materials, or damage caused by mice.
The technician then provides an inspection report with recommended treatments.
Treatment and Monitoring
A customized treatment plan for mice includes baiting, trapping, and exclusion.
Rodent-proofing is a long-term strategy to prevent rodents from entering your home. It involves closing off entry points using metal screens, solid wood, or cement.
When it comes to pests, there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
We’ll come back to your home after the initial treatment with our follow-up services. Our technicians ensure that all the pests are gone.
And with our continuous pest control programs, we’ll keep your home protected from pests all year round!
Phenom Pest Protection: Your Baltimore Pest Experts
The presence of just a few mice can cause tons of headaches. They invade your home, damage your belongings, and even put your family’s health at risk. That’s why it’s crucial to identify and address any mouse infestations as soon as possible.
Our team of experts has the knowledge and experience to eliminate your mouse problem quickly and efficiently.
Contact Phenom Pest Protection for guaranteed effective and lasting pest control services!