It’s not uncommon to spot mice droppings before the mice themselves. Mice are nocturnal animals that are great at hiding during the day. So, if you think you found droppings, it’s probably not just your imagination. Mice are common pests that can be very difficult to catch. For a thorough assessment and treatment of your mouse problem, call Mouse Control Toronto.
The deer mouse and the house mouse are the two most common species of mice in Canada. While the deer mouse is two-toned with a brown back and white belly, the house mouse is mostly grey or brown. Both mice enjoy a diet of nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and organic waste. Like many pests, these mice are drawn to warm living spaces that offer food and moisture. Mice get into the house through the garage door, the windows, wall vents, gaps in the foundation, and any cracks or gaps in the outside walls or windows of the home. Once inside, mice like to nest in the insulation between the walls.
Mouse droppings are very small pellets that are dark brown or black in colour. Measuring between 3 and 6mm in length, they look like small, dark grains of rice. Mouse droppings are commonly found in covered areas within the kitchen such as underneath the sink or cabinets, inside the cupboards, behind appliances, or in the corners of the kitchen counter. Droppings may also be found in stored foods like cereals or grains. It is important to clean up these droppings when you see them because they contain lots of harmful bacteria that could cause food poisoning or disease. Seeing mice droppings on uncovered surfaces usually points to an advanced infestation.
Other signs of a mouse infestation include scratching and squealing sounds, smear marks, and damage to the home. Because mice are nocturnal, they are most active during the night. You may be able to hear them squeal and move around in the walls during the evening or very early in the morning. You may also find chew marks on things like wires, furniture, and other objects around the house. The smell of urine may be present as well as mice use urine to mark their paths. As the mice follow these urine trails, they sometimes leave smear marks and little footsteps.
Mouse traps and other pesticides can be bought in stores, but the removal of mice is not a one-step process. Rigorous cleaning and maintenance are required to suppress the mouse population, while professional pest removal services are most likely required to make them go away. At Mouse Control, we offer comprehensive mouse removal services in which we identify points of entry, remove the infestation, and prevent them from coming back. Call Mouse Control (647-496-0492) today for a free quote and ask us about our 6-month warranty.