Our relationship with mice presents an interesting paradox. How can such small—some might even say cute—critters instill such dread in certain people? Whatever your own reaction might be to mice, it’s probably safe to say you wouldn’t want to live amongst them.
In Western New York and beyond, mice tend to follow us humans just about everywhere we go. And now is the time of year when they’re looking for a warm home to shack up like yours. Here are a few ways to tell whether mice have gotten too close for comfort.
Creepy Sounds In The Night
Because mice are nocturnal, they’ll be most active during the night. Comforting, right? If you do get lucky enough to spot a mouse during the day, it could be a sign that you’re dealing with a particularly bad infestation. If you’re unsure about the scurrying and squeaking sounds coming from your walls and ceilings, keep an eye out for tracks the next day.
Mice need to poop just like you and I. But unlike us, they can’t really control where, when, and how often they go (or at least they don’t bother trying). For that reason, mouse droppings are often the giveaway that you’re dealing with an infestation. Look for small brown droppings in the shape of grains of rice.
If You’ve Smelt It, Mice Might Have Dealt It
There are three reasons why a strong, pungent odor could give away a mouse problem. First, mice tend to travel constantly through the same places. Second, like other animals, they mark this territory by urinating. Third, their urine smells awful. A black light can be helpful in identifying areas that mice like to call their own.
Mice Have Bad Habits Too
Some people have a bad habit of chewing on their nails, but all mice have a habit of chewing everything. In fact, they need to chew to keep their teeth short. While a hole in your cereal box is a dead giveaway, keep an eye out for other damage as well.
Listen to Your Pets
Ever seen house cats hunt for a rodent? It almost seems like they’re designed for it, and that’s because they are. Pets will be able to tell there are mice around before you can, so pay attention to strange behavior. While mice might keep their distance from your pets, they’ll probably want to help themselves to their food supply, so check the bags from time to time as well.
If you think you might be dealing with mice, give Comfort Pest Control a call today.