Can you tell if mice are in your home?
Updated: Feb 12, 2019
House Mice Infestation
Signs of an Infestation
There are a handful of ways to tell if house mice have made your home their own, including the following telltale signs of an infestation:
Gnaw marks: Gnaw marks may be either rough or smooth. Droppings: House mouse droppings may be either soft and moist or dried and hard. The droppings measure about 1/8-1/4 inch long. They are rod shaped and pointed on the ends. Tracks: House mice leave 4-toed prints with their front feet and 5-toed prints with their hind feet. Rub marks: House mice often leave oily rub marks on walls along which they travel. Burrows: House mice burrow using nesting materials such as insulation. Runways: House mice usually use the same pathways. Active runways are sometimes visible, with rub marks, droppings, and footprints along them. Odor: The odor of house mouse urine may become distinct if there is a large number of house mice in a particular area. House mice use their strong-smelling urine to communicate with one another. Damaged goods: Mice prefer seeds or cereals but will readily eat insects trapped on glue boards. Actual rodent: If you see a mouse scurrying across the kitchen floor, there is likely a family of mice hiding
House mice live in structures, but they can survive outdoors, too. House mice prefer to nest in dark, secluded areas and often build nests out of paper products, cotton, packing materials, wall insulation and fabrics. House mice are nocturnal, but they can be spotted in the house during the day. House mice are very inquisitive and tend to curiously investigate changes in their habitats. They will often change their established runways for this reason.
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