Mice are timid critters. You will rarely see them and hardly ever hear them unless a mouse is scrambling to make its way up through your wall voids or you have a mouse chewing on something inside your ventilation ducts. They make very little noise when they get into our Pittsburgh homes. In fact, they make so little noise, most homeowners don't realize they have a mouse problem until they've already been dealing with some of the many repercussions of a mouse infestation. But cold weather can make mice bolder. Let's take a look at how this works and discuss some ways you can protect everyone in your home from the impact of a mouse infestation.
Where Cold Mice Look For Food
As the temperatures drop, food resources begin to dwindle outside. This will cause house mice to work harder to find indoor food resources, such as the foods in your pantry or kitchen. You might think that mice would prefer to feed on the foods inside your home but this is not always the case. Outside food resources are plentiful. They can zip outside, grab something small and head right back inside.
During the fall months, it is more common for Pittsburgh residents to open food-storage areas and find a mouse because mice have to be more and more courageous to find food. But clever mice can get food without being detected.
How to Detect a Mouse
Look for holes in food packaging. Mice can easily chew through cardboard or plastic.
Look for holes in baseboards, especially in locations that are dark and protected.
Look for tiny mouse droppings in cabinets, drawers and secluded locations. These look like tiny black grains of rice.
Smell for urine in low places.
Look for grease marks on baseboards.
Take note if your pets are acting strangely, staring under cabinets in the kitchen, whining at the walls, etc.
When mice get in, they can cause many problems. These problems can be a sign that you have a mouse infestation.
Infestations of ticks, fleas, lice and other parasites can originate from mice.
Stomach illness is common when mice get into a home.
Respiratory illness can occur when mice get into the ventilation ducts.
Holes in stored furniture, boxes, clothing, and other items can be the result of a mouse infestation.
Solve Mouse Problems
There are many ways to defend your home against fall rodent invaders but once mice get in, it is best to call a licensed professional. If you live in Pittsburgh, remember that Witt Pest Management is Pittsburgh's oldest and most advanced pest control provider. Our expertly-trained pest management professionals can help resolve your rodent problem. Reach out to us for immediate assistance.