It’s easy to tell if you have mice when they’re scraping and bumping in your bedroom walls. But many mice will find other routes from the attic to the kitchen, or simply live in the pantry or kitchen wall voids since they like to be close to their food source. If you hear mice in your bedroom walls, you’re one of the lucky ones. Mice are exceptionally timid and not easily detected in a home. They quietly scurry along the wall and disappear under cabinets if they hear anyone coming. The National Pest Management Association even makes the claim that if you see a mouse in your kitchen, it’s a pretty good indication there are many living in your home. Over population and limited food sources make mice more desperate and willing to take greater chances.
Mice are nocturnal. This is one reason you hear them in the bedroom just before you go to sleep. They are just starting their day as you are pillowing your head. So if they have chosen other wall voids to travel through, you won’t hear them unless you get up to grab a piece of cake at 1:00 a.m.
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So what’s the big deal with a mouse being as quiet as a mouse? One word: illness. Many homes struggle with illnesses not realizing they are mice related. The CDC connects rodents to several human transmitted diseases like salmonella, lassa fever, leptospirosis, renal syndrome, pulmonary syndrome, and a host of others. If this were not enough, mice also pick up bacteria from dirty dumpsters and sewage culvert systems and bring it into your home. Your children might stay home from school with diarrhea or vomiting, and you may misdiagnosis it as the flu. It happens more than you might think.
So how do you tell if you have mice in your home?
- Look for tiny black droppings in your cabinets.
- Look for bite marks on food boxes or holes in your walls.
- Sprinkle some powder on shelves and look for footprints.
- Check your attic crawl spaces with a flashlight.
If you find mice what do you do?
Removing mice safely and sealing up entry points in a home takes knowledge and expertise far greater than a simple article could cover. Consider hiring a pest control company so you’ll know there are no mice in your home and that your home has been disinfected. Then if you or your kids get flu symptoms, there is a better chance that it’s actually the flu.
Do you think you have mice? Contact Wil-Kil today.