How To Know When You Have Mice Hidden In Your Home

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How To Know When You Have Mice Hidden In Your Home

11 July 2023
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When you have mice, you usually don't see them running out of a hole in your wall like on TV, but they're still probably causing damage. If you notice any of the following signs, have a pest control company come to check for mice.


One of the most common signs of a mouse infestation is the discovery of droppings in and around your home. Mouse droppings are small, typically resembling dark-colored grains of rice or small pellets. Mice tend to leave droppings in areas where they frequent, such as along their regular paths, near food sources, and in hidden areas like cabinets, drawers, or under sinks.

Finding mouse droppings indicates that mice have been actively present in your home and potentially using it as a nesting or feeding ground. It's important to promptly clean up and dispose of any droppings you find, as they can carry harmful bacteria and pathogens that may pose health risks to humans. Additionally, the presence of droppings can provide valuable clues about the extent of the infestation and help determine the appropriate course of action for effective pest control.

Gnaw Marks

Mice have a natural instinct to gnaw on various objects in their environment. Their teeth grow continuously, and gnawing helps keep their teeth at a manageable length. As a result, you may find gnaw marks on items such as food packaging, wooden structures, electrical wiring, or furniture. These marks can vary in appearance, ranging from shallow teeth marks to deeper indentations.

Gnaw marks on food packaging or containers are particularly concerning, as they indicate that mice have been accessing and potentially contaminating your food supply. Additionally, gnaw marks on electrical wiring can be hazardous, posing a fire risk. If you notice any signs of gnawing, it is crucial to address the issue promptly to prevent further damage and potential safety hazards.

Squeaking or Scratching Sounds

Mice are nocturnal creatures, primarily active during the night. You may hear them making sounds such as squeaking, scratching, or scurrying noises, especially when the house is quiet. These sounds are often heard coming from walls, ceilings, attics, or other concealed spaces where mice may be hiding or moving around.

If you find yourself consistently hearing these noises, it is highly likely that you have a mouse infestation. Taking action to address the infestation promptly is essential not only to stop the sounds but also to prevent further damage to your home and the potential health risks associated with mice. 

For more information on residential mice control, contact a pest control company in your area.