How do Dogs React to Mice

How do Dogs React to Mice?

Cats are famous for mousing, but what about dogs? Would a dog let you know if there were mice in your home? They may not be as proficient as cats, but dogs will absolutely get excited when there are mice around. In fact, some dog breeds were bred specifically to hunt rodents, like the Jack Russell Terrier. If your dog has been getting riled up lately, consider having your home inspected for mice. Call us today for an inspection. We provide effective, comprehensive mouse control in Toronto and beyond.

Dogs react to mice the same way they do squirrels and birds. They may bark, jump, and try to get your attention. Pawing at a door, wall, cabinet, or large appliance may signal that a mouse is hiding there. Your dog’s behaviour depends on its regular temperament. If it gets excited at the animals it sees at the park, it will probably get excited at home. Dogs can smell the mice in your home, so if they get excited about something you cannot see, there is something going on. Reward your dog with treats or playtime if you want them to react to mice.

Signs of an Infestation

Dogs getting excited at hidden objects in the wall is a good indicator of an infestation. However, there are lots of other signs you can look for. Here are the most common signs of an infestation of mice:

  • Noises in the Walls at Night

Mice are awake at night, so that is when you are most likely to hear them. Mice often make a scratching sound on the walls at night. This happens when they are manipulating their nests or filing their teeth down on wooden beams and wires.

  • Mouse Droppings

Droppings are a clear indication that there are rodents in your home. Mice leave dark little droppings behind them, everywhere they go. These look like black grains of rice, and they are usually found along the walls or in kitchen cabinets.

  • Greasy Marks on the Walls

Mice rub their bodies against the same surfaces every day, which eventually leaves grease marks. Mysterious, greasy stains on the baseboards or surrounding a hole in the wall may point to mice.

  • Gnaw Marks and Missing Food

Holes that are surrounded by teeth marks come from rodents. These are commonly found in the wall, in containers of food, or in fabrics. A hole in your bag of flour, for example, may have come from a mouse. Look closely for teeth marks.

  • The Smell of Stale Urine

Mice urinate to mark their territories and signal to other mice that a certain path is safe to follow. If there is a smell of urine in the air that you cannot seem to clean, it could be mice.

Contact Mouse Control for Removal

Give us a call if you have noticed any signs of an infestation and a technician will provide you with a comprehensive solution. We will find where the mice are coming from, get rid of them quickly, and stop them from coming back by fixing the causes. We offer guaranteed exclusion services in which we seal and cover all potential entry points, such as wall vents, weep vents, cracks in the foundation, and more. Our technicians are well equipped to solve your problem, no matter how advanced it may be. Call us for mouse control services in the GTA.

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