A little out of sight, but definitely not out of mind. Mice are cunning wee scavengers but they aren’t very discreet with their trails. How can you tell there’s mice living with you under your roof? Here’s a quick guide to finding and knowing signs that there’s an invasion of furry critters afoot.
You can smell it.
One of the things you notice but don’t see, is the foul and distinct smell. Mice urine has a musky and ammonia-like odor that also leaves a stale scent. If you have a dog or a cat, you might also sense a change of behavior in them as they have a strong sense of smell. If you see them pawing, digging and inspecting at new and certain areas of your home, maybe you should follow suit.
You see droppings.
Along with the urine smell are sightings of tiny droppings of feces. These droppings are dark brown and shaped like rice grains. These are big health hazards so if you see one, clean and trace right away!
There are marks and possibly holes in your walls.
So you’ve smelled it, seen its feces and traced where those are coming from. You’re probably standing right now, in front of your kitchen pantry, afraid to open it. Well, do it. Check those walls and corners and there is where you are going to find chewing marks and gnawed holes. Mice are known for their digging and burrowing habits. That’s clearer than the clearest signs you’re gonna get. Unfortunately, you’re feeding a number more mouths and bellies than your family’s.
Invasions and infestations are disgusting and scary, but there isn’t a need to panic. Mice sightings are problems that have pretty clear solutions.
First off, clean your house. The droppings and urine, along with the bodies that excrete them are carriers of different kinds of disease-causing bacteria. Seal off all holes and entrances so they don’t get in.
You can think of more ways to drive them away. But the goal after that, is to make sure they don’t come back. For that, try using pest repellents like Home Shielders’ Plug 2 Repel. It’s a 24/7 automatic pest repellent that is safe and easy to use. To know more about how to repel mice that are invading your home, visit www.homeshielder.com and check out our products.