At this time of year, it’s not unusual for mice, squirrels, moles, and other small rodents to try to shelter from the elements inside human homes. This can result in significant damage to your property. Rodents have zero respect for your home, and will happily chew through walls, nest in your stored belongings, eat your foot, and leave droppings everywhere. There are many dangerous diseases that can be spread by rodents. While mice, squirrels and other small furry creatures may be adorable, they really don’t belong inside your home.
Do you think you have a mouse in the house but aren’t sure? Here are some signs to look out for:
First: Any Live Mice
Even if it’s just a fleeting glimpse out of the corner of your eye, spotting one mouse in the house is a very good sign that there are more. One of the reasons mice are such a problem pest is because they breed very, very fast. One single pregnant mouse can have over ten babies per litter – and there are two or three litters in a year.
Second: Household Damage
Mice chew their way through everything. Look out for damage anywhere the little critters think they’ll get something to eat. As East Bridgewater exterminators, we often see positive proof of mice in kitchens, pantries, attics, storerooms, and utility rooms – but if you have teenagers who snack, check the bedrooms as well!
Mice go to the bathroom wherever and whenever they need to – including when they’re standing on your kitchen countertops, exploring your bathroom sink, and wandering everywhere throughout your home. If you’re not sure what mice droppings look like – they’re dark brown/black pellets that can be the size of a tiny speck up to about 1/4″. Droppings present a health hazard to people and pets. If you see mice droppings in the home, it’s time to get in touch with your local exterminator for mice removal services.