The simple is you can easily identify the presence of mice in your home by a thorough inspection. But it is not straightforward. You will have to understand their types, patterns of activity, and what is making your home attractive to them.
The first thing to consider is to know how severe this problem is. So, inspect your house properly, inside and out, as it will determine the remedy and control method.
Inspecting for Mice and Rodents
Take a flashlight, and look in dark areas, behind appliances, and in the kitchen cabinet. All these places are their hiding points. By performing a proper inspection, you can determine:
· The type of mice or rat.
· How severe the problem is.
· Where is their nest?
· The main cause of the issue.
Signs of Mice and Rodents
Some common signs of their presence are:
· Droppings and urine odors
· Gnawed holes and rub marks
· Scampering noises
· Unfamiliar pet behavior
Droppings: Mice droppings are among the most common signs of their presence in your home, and you can easily identify droppings. The mice droppings also indicate the severity of the problem, the size of the mice infestation, and which area in your home is their favorite place. Usually, their droppings are small; however, it depends on the type that has invaded your home.
Urine Odor: Mice and rat urine are easily noticeable as the smell is too strong and musky. In all types of infestations, you can easily smell it.
Gnawed Holes: Gnawed mouse holes are tiny but identifiable. These are about the dime’s size. However, in some cases, these holes are larger with roughly chewed edges.
Rub and Gnaw Marks: You can easily identify oily scratches or marks at places where the mouse, especially on the walls. If you see rub marks smudge, it means that the marks are fresh. Gnaw marks on furniture and fixtures are also strong of mice presence in your home. If you closely monitor the wooden surfaces, you can identify their tooth marks.
Paths: It is relatively easier to trace the mice presence by monitoring their common pathways. Some of them are along the walls, on ledges and pipes, near electrical wires, near tree branches, and around the fence rails.
Nests: All rats and mice shred string and other bendable materials to form their nests. Mostly they make their nests indoors. You can also find their nests around the attics, near trees, or near other bushy areas.
Noises: Rodents and mice are night lovers. So, you might hear scratching sounds and noises as they walk and run inside kitchen cabinets, cupboards, walls, and floors.
Pet Behavior: Common household pets can easily identify the presence of mice. The pets will act unusual when they detect their presence. They will get extremely alert or bark if they detect the presence of rats in your home.