Many homeowners do not realize that a mice infestation can happen to them. Some people think that one mouse is not a huge deal and can be eradicated using do-it-yourself extermination methods. However, the known presence of one mouse could actually mean that there are more in or around your property. It is also worth noting that the same way the "one" mouse gained entry to your property could be an entry point for others. The following points will help you to understand whether or not you have mice dwelling in your home:
Mice generally dwell behind walls. If you happen to see one scurrying across your floor, it is likely out looking for food. You might hear squeaking or scratching sounds behind your walls if there is mice activity. This can be scary at first, but just know that it likely isn't paranormal activity but mice activity. If they are not eradicated, they will reproduce creating a much significant issue for you to treat.
Mice leave behind stool droppings. These may resemble small, oval pebbles. They will likely leave these as they are scavenging for food, which means that their bacteria-laden saliva may also be left behind on surfaces as well as their urine.
Mice use their sharp teeth to gnaw through materials and make holes. The holes serve as entry points for them and ways for them to travel from place to place in homes. However, the holes they create can also be used by other pests such as cockroaches and termites.
Mice also have sharp claws. The claws can damage furniture, linen, curtains, and similar items. Paper is another material that you might notice shredded if you have mice in your home. The cost to repair your belongings and the risk of important documents getting damaged makes it sensible to seek professional services.
It is ideal to include a pest control company in your extermination efforts. They have a number of methods they can use to exterminate mice including humane options if you have concerns about killing the mice or the way they are killed. Pest control companies can also determine areas of your property that could put it at risk for future infestations. Keep in mind that other rodents such as squirrels could also enter these areas resulting in a different type of pest control need. This is why locating the areas and getting them sealed off as necessary are ideal. Rodents can transmit diseases and cause property damage. Routine pest control services are an excellent defensive approach to protecting your family and your home.
Contact a company like Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control for more information and assistance.