Rodents are among the many pests such as insects, arachnids, and wildlife, that can easily infest a home or business in Ohio. Not only are rodents fairly common, but they are bad on both fronts as they can spread illnesses from germs, bacteria, and are known vectors of disease, but they can also contaminate food and destroy utility lines, structure, and personal possessions. Any kind of rodent can be an issue, and in Ohio, we frequently see Norway rats, deer mice, and house mice invade homes. Today, however, we at Effective Pest Services would like to relate the basics of house mice and the red flags they are within your home.
Facts About House Mice
Generally, the primary cause for most pests, including house mice, to wiggle their way into your home is when they are on the hunt for water, food, and shelter. Extreme weather or predators can also be a likely cause in addition to coincidence and opportunity. Typically, house mouse, more so deer mice, prefer to be living outdoors. House mice are black, brown, or gray in color and their undersides are lighter or white. The house mouse’s diet consists mostly of nuts and seeds, but they can and will eat nearly anything. Though they are most active at night, if the need for food or water is great, they will venture out during the day-light hours. House mice multiply extraordinarily quick.
Signs of a Mouse Infestation
Neglecting pest control can mean a serious infestation, so once you notice any of the below red flags of mice, contact professional pest control.
1) Little Crumbs. Obviously gnawed on packaged foods and little piles and trails of crumbs indicate. A house mouse uses their teeth and claws can easily get into thin plastic food, cardboard, and paper. The cupboards, pantries, and drawers where food have been kept and the house mouse has pilfered, will have crumbs around the area and the little teeth marks.
2) Sounds. People can hear their activities in the walls where they tend to hide out, with their scratching and pitter-patter noises of their footsteps. Reports of infestations also point to hearing their crawling and activities above the ceiling.
3) Mice fecal and Urine Spots. Whenever mice feel the need they will urinate and poop where ever they happen to be. In places they forage for food and/or nesting materials and such areas where they frequently visit, you find tiny pellets, which is their droppings.
4) Nesting Scraps. In preparation to give birth, mice will build a nest. To carry off the remnants to build these nests. They will collect debris and insulation looking items that look damaged by their teeth and claws.
5) Darting Movement in the Peripherals. When emerging out of their hiding places, house mice will usually establish specific and predictable travel patterns. you can catch glimpses of them in your peripherals. More often than not, you likely saw a mouse if you think you may have.