Think You Have A Mice Infestation? Do These 3 Things
Have you heard some light scratching coming from inside a wall, but not sure if you're going crazy or if it's mice in your home? If so, you'll want to do the following things to take care of it.
Look For Signs Of An Infestation
The first thing you will want to do is look for any signs of a mice infestation in your home. One of the key signs is mouse droppings in places where they frequently travel. Take a look at baseboards, inside kitchen cupboards, and any place where you store food. Those tiny black pellets mean that the mice have been in your home and are eating something because they keep coming back for a reason.
Other things to look out for include any food packaging that looks like a rodent has gotten into it. There may be holes in packages, scratch marks from them trying to get into a package, or even food in places where it normally would not be.
Find The Point Of Entry
Now that you know that mice are in your home, you need to get an idea of where they are coming from. It will help to put out some food to track the mice to see where you have activity. You can do this by placing a small portion of cheese in those places where mice tend to travel.
Let the food sit there for a day or two, and then come back to check all those locations. You should hopefully be able to figure out where the mice are getting in based on where the food is missing. For example, if the food is only missing in your basement along the entry to the crawl space, then you know that is the place you need to focus on.
Patch The Entry Points
With the potential entry point found, you can start looking for it on the outside of your home. You need to identify tiny holes in your home where a mouse can get inside, which may be no smaller than a pencil. All of these holes need to be plugged with a wire mesh that mice are not able to chew through. Hopefully, you'll find all of the entry points.
All that is left to do is catch or kill all of the remaining mice in your home. You can do this using snap traps, poison, or any other method that works best for you. For help catching and exterminating these mice, contact a local rodent infestation control service.