When mice get into your Gallatin home or business, they can make you sick, damage your belongings, and cause damage to building materials. These little furry guests also bring other pests in with them, such as ticks, fleas, mites, and parasitic worms. If you're thinking, "Um, no thanks," we're with you. Today, we're going to look at a few warning signs mice give when they break into properties. Recognizing these signs early can lead you to take quick action to prevent sickness and property damage.
- Droppings — Mice commonly leave tiny fecal pellets in the backs of drawers, in cabinets under kitchen sinks, in bathroom cabinets, on insulation in the attic, and behind or under appliances.
- Noises — While you can't always rely on this warning sign due to the incredibly sneaky nature of mice, in certain circumstances, mice can make noises that give them away. It is usually inside walls where they feel the safest.
- Holes — There are many places you can look for mouse holes: stored food packages, baseboards, sheetrocked walls, door and window frames, seals around door and window frames, gaskets around roof penetrations, and more.
- Smells — As an infestation grows, the smell of mouse urine may be detected in your common areas. You may need to get low and smell around appliances or in cabinets under sinks.
- Marks — Mice run with one side against the wall. This may leave grease marks on baseboards along common routes.
- Pet Behavior — Cats and dogs have better senses than we do. If you have a dog or cat, you may notice odd behavior when mice have gotten into your home or business.
The best way to control mice is through the proper deployment of mouse traps and systematic monitoring of mouse activity. While you can do this on your own, it is important that you understand the pitfalls:
Trapping mice can be difficult. They have behaviors that help them avoid being trapped.
Mice contaminate your home with bacteria, pathogens, and parasites. These should be addressed.
Removing mice doesn't correct a mouse infestation. You need to take measures to keep new mice from getting in.
For complete and comprehensive control of mice, reach out to the rodent control experts. The Gallatin service team at All-American Pest Control has the training, experience, and professionalism to correct mice infestations. We take the guesswork out of rodent infestations.