When to Call an Exterminator for Mice
At the first sight of a mouse, many homeowners will simply set a trap and wait. And once they catch the rodent, they think they’re in the clear. Unfortunately, this may not be the case. One mouse may signal a brewing infestation which means it’s time to call an exterminator.
Look Out for the Signs of a Mice Infestation
Again, one mouse is a reason to give a professional a call. But, there are additional signs of a mice infestation you should keep an eye out for, including:
- Droppings: Droppings and dried urine are tell-tale signs of mice. The droppings are typically an eighth of an inch to a quarter of an inch in length. They range in color from dark brown to black. You’ll often find droppings and urine in warm places such as behind stoves or in wall voids.
- Wood shavings: Mice will also chew on the wood around your home, including cabinets, corners and drawers. Look for wood shavings in your kitchen or around the baseboards in your home.
- Smell: If the infestation is large enough, you might notice an ammonia-like smell. This is due to the amount of urine mice leave behind. The smell will be stronger closer to high mouse activity.
Avoid DIY Methods—Call a Professional Instead
A mousetrap might indeed work for a mouse or two. Unfortunately, an infestation needs more than a single trap. A professional pest control service can help eradicate pests completely, no matter the size of the infestation.
Pest control technicians have better extermination methods than you have access to for a homeowner. They’ll start by examining the infestation to determine the best plan forward. Then, they’ll use a combination of extermination techniques from trapping to baiting to eliminate mice.
After extermination, the pest control service can then help you through exclusion, where you plug holes and entry spots around your home to avoid further infestation. A trained professional can spot and eliminate these entry points fast.
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Mice and other rodents such as rats can wreak havoc on your home. At the sight of a single mouse, we recommend skipping the DIY solutions altogether and calling a professional. They can help you get a handle on the infestation to avoid further damage to your home.