How To Know If You Have Mice Or Rats

Both rats and mice need pest control as soon as possible. Rodents are sneaky little creatures that can hide easily and are often heard scurrying around at night. And they breed fast. If you have noticed and dealt with a mouse or rat problem in the past and dealt with it, you have to keep looking around to make sure that you don’t have new mice or rats moving in and causing another infestation. Here are some signs to watch for, if you feel like you may still have mice or rats in your home.

Droppings: The best way to detect a mouse is to look for its droppings. They tend to be around your kitchen or other places where food and nesting materials are. They are small (about 3 mm) and are visible to the naked eye. If you see this, you know you have a problem and can nip it in the bud.

  • A strange ammonia smell: This smell is in reference to their urine. If you smell it a lot around certain parts of your home, this is an indicator of just where the nest is, so you will be able to eliminate the problem.
  • Scratching noises at night: Mice and rats are nocturnal, so they’ll traverse around your home at nighttime and make scratching sounds as they work at making their nests by tearing apart your insulation and other parts of your home. If you listen close enough, you can even hear their footsteps.
  • Grease marks: Rats and mice are oily critters that will leave grease marks around the entry and exit points in your home that you can watch for. These can be quite dark in colour.
  • Footprints: If you use a light and shine it at floor level, you can see these pests’ footprints that will make you feel like a detective. You’ll be able to find their nests, their food sources, everything. Talk about the chain of evidence. This is hard proof that you need to convince yourself you have a problem.

There are ways that you can stop mice getting in that you already know about, like filling holes and checking the exterior of your home for entry points, but these are clues you can look for in your home to make sure that you are always on the hunt for these pests in your home.


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