There are five species of mouse currently found in Maryland, the marsh rice rat, deer mouse, white-footed deer mouse, Allegheny woodrat, and the house mouse. Of those only three are known for home intrusion. The house mouse is a non-native species, but immigrated with the European settlers to America, and likes to live in homes all year round. The white-footed deer mouse and deer mouse normally live outdoors but often seek shelter indoors during the winter. The hasher the winter, the more mice you might have.
While not dangerous in themselves, mice can carry and spread diseases like the Hantavirus, Salmonella, bubonic plague, and Lyme disease. So it’s important to detect whether mice have invaded your home this winter to keep your family healthy. However, detecting mice can be difficult, so we’ve made a short guide to help you detect whether you have mice in your home.
Signs to look For
When trying to determine whether you have mice, look for the signs described below, but be careful as mice are small and sneaky.
Chewed food, bags, or other surfaces
Mice will chew through nearly anything to get to food. So check your paper, plastic, and wooden food containers. Mice will also chew on other surfaces such as wood, paper, cloth, and wiring insulation, this is to help keep their incisors short and sharp.
Mice will make ball shaped nests of loose fabric, soft paper, and other materials. They make their nests in dark, neglected areas, where they’re unlikely to be disturbed.
Mouse droppings are small black cylinders, three to six millimeters in length. The droppings will be find in concentration where the mice are most active, near their nests, where they’ve fed, and near things they’ve chewed on.
Suspicious pet Activity
One of the easiest ways to detect whether you have mice is to watch your pets. Cats and dogs have more sensitive ears and noses then we do. Cats also have better night vision. So, if your cat or dog is showing interest in furniture, rooms, appliances, and bare walls it might be that there are mice nesting there. In that case it would be prudent to check those places for nesting material, cached food, or droppings.
Places to Check
Now that you know what to look for it’s important to know where to look. Mice like to nest in dark, quiet places, that aren’t often disturbed. And though they prefer to stay in these places they’ll venture out from those places to get food.
When looking for signs of mice check in
- Food cabinets, drawers, and pantry
- Drawers and chests that aren’t often opened
- All the dark corners of your closet
- Cardboard, wooden, or plastic boxes that aren’t often opened
- Messy Storage areas
- Cracks around your homes foundation or in your interior walls
Found Mice? Or Not sure but want a professional to take a look?
Call Shumaker Animal Control. Shumaker Animal Control is a twenty-five year veteran of the animal control profession and knows how to detect and properly remove mice. We can also patch any holes made by mice and guarantee against them chewing back through it.
If you have any questions about animal removal, contact Shumaker Animal Control by calling (443) 854-8072 or click here today!