No matter where in the United States you live, the possibility of a residential mice infestation exists. In the South, in particular, these rodents try to come indoors to escape hot, humid summers and chillier winter weather. If you think you might have mice in your home but aren’t sure how to tell for sure, the following five tips are sure to help you.
You see mouse droppings
Mouse droppings are a sure sign that there has been, or is currently, at least one mouse in your home. Typically, however, where there is one mouse, there are multiple mice. As you probably suspected, the more droppings you see, the more likely it is that you are dealing with a legitimate mice infestation, rather than just one errant mouse that has already exited your home.
You notice nests
If you start noticing mice nests around your house, you can be certain that at least some of these rodents have taken up residence with your family, making themselves very unwanted house guests. Mice nests are typically made of paper, yarn, and other materials that can be easily shredded and mashed together to form a soft surface.
Your pets are acting strangely
Domestic animals, dogs, and cats especially are highly sensitive to rodents. If you notice your pets exhibiting abnormal behavior, such as barking at odd moments, pawing at areas under appliances and behind furniture, and acting unusually alert, the odds are good that mice are present in your home.
The temperature is getting colder
Although mice will enter houses to escape hot Southern summers, they are more likely to seek shelter as winter approaches. If the weather outside is getting chillier and you are suspicious that you have mice, you’re probably right. Late fall and early winter are the most common times of year for mice infestations to impact homeowners.
You hear bizarre noises
If you hear what seems to be running and scurrying in your walls, on shelving units, or underneath of furniture, there’s a very good chance that mice have invaded your home. Remember, mice are nocturnal, so pay special attention to when you hear these odd noises. If it typically occurs after the sun goes down, mice are probably the cause.
If you are convinced that you are sharing your home with mice, give us a call today to schedule a consultation. Our experts at Pied Piper Pest Control will assess the situation, provide you with a quote, and help you understand what we can do to free you from your mice problem. Rodent infestations are no fun, but with our help, your household will be back to normal in no time! Contact online or call today (504)366-1333!