How To Detect Mice In Your Home & What To Do About It

This year the presence of mice has increased due to the mild winter we had last year. When the weather is warmer, mice will reproduce at a more rapid rate. Now that temperatures have dropped outside this winter, these mice are looking for warm places to hide. These are some tell-tale signs that you may have a mice problem:

  • Droppings – The droppings are very tiny (about ¼ of an inch) and have pointed ends. If you notice a space on your floors where there appears to be dirt in an unusual space, take a closer look to rule out mice.
  • Holes in your storage boxes or bins – If you notice holes in storage bins or boxes, mice may be near. Mice need materials like paper and other durable materials to build their nests and are likely searching your storage boxes for supplies to do so.
  • Unusual noises at night – Mice are nocturnal. If you’re hearing odd noises or scratching at night in the walls or attic, it could be a sign mice are active in your home.
  • Rubbing or gnaw marks – If you notice oil marks or small teeth marks on your walls or moulding, mice could be creating their own paths in your house.

Wondering what can be done to prevent getting mice in the first place?  Here are a few steps you can take to prevent mice:

  • Seal up possible entry points – A mouse can fit through an opening the size of a dime. Check walls and the exterior of your home for small holes or openings.
  • Check screens and vents – Check screens to doors or vents for the chimney for tears and repair them as soon as possible.
  • Keep areas like your basement and attic dry – Mice love moisture. Keep the humidity levels low in your basement and attic.
  • Dispose of your trash on a regular basis – Food and garbage left in your home for too long can attract mice inside. Make sure you’re taking the trash outside on a daily basis.

If you see some of these signs of mice activity, give Triple ‘S’ Pest Services a call to come inspect your home.

The Weather is Frightful, But a Pest-Free Home is Delightful

Winter is here, but that doesn’t mean overwintering pests and rodents are hibernating. As temperatures drop, it can be harder to find a food source and your home provides that food source they’re searching for. The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to prep your home this season to keep pests and rodents out. Check out our checklist below to determine if you’re winter ready!

  1. Find and seal the crevices and openings to your home – It sounds simple, but really look closely to see what openings or cracks you find. Pests and rodents don’t need a large gap to find an entry point into your home. A mouse can fit through an opening about the size of a dime and a rat can fit through an opening about the size of a quarter.
  2. Store hardwood at least 25 feet away from your house – It may be a pain to walk a little further to get hardwood to build a fire, but pests love to live in hardwood piles. Storing the piles closer to your home gives them easier access to get inside.
  3. Tightly seal items in your pantry – Store cereals or snacks in airtight containers. Cardboard boxes and bags with chip clips will not keep the pests away.
  4. Install vent screens over your chimney and shafts – It’s a simple and easy shield for blocking overwintering pests.
  5. Clear the clutter – Your clutter is a pest’s treasure. Organize and clean out storage spaces to avoid an unexpected surprise next time you need something from your storage closet.
  6. Repair leaks – Water accumulation attracts pests and serves as a breeding ground for some overwintering pests. Check your plumbing and repair any leaks you find.

As always, if you see an invader in your home and are not sure how to properly identify it, contact our staff entomologists (the bug doctors!) to help out!

Out, Mouse! Simple Tips To Get Rid of Mice

It starts with rustling in the attic and walls. You try to convince yourself you’re imagining it. Soon you start smelling the musty odor and you pretend it’s simply dust. But when you find droppings, there’s no mistaking it: You’ve got mice.

Mice are nightmare houseguests. They carry disease, destroy insulation and foodstuff with their nesting and foraging, gnaw on wires to start fires and leave nasty smelling droppings everywhere they go. If you’ve got mice, you’ve got a big problem that’s only going to get bigger. They can give birth to half a dozen young every three weeks. They can multiply out of control in a hurry. That’s why it’s important to act quickly when you realize you have an infestation.

Traps are the only reliable way for a homeowner to get rid of mice. Poison simply doesn’t work as well — aside from the difficulty of keeping it from kids and pets, unlike ants, mice don’t share their food. And you don’t want a poisoned mouse to crawl off and die in a wall somewhere.

Here are some tips for trapping mice:

  • Set up traps where you see a lot of activity (you can tell by the density of the droppings) or near a “mouse run” (usually dark smear along the bottoms of walls caused by oily mouse bodies running alongside it). If you’re worried about kids and pets disturbing the traps, put them inside a pvc pipe or a coffee can.
  • Check traps frequently, and dispose of the dead mice wearing gloves.
  • Continue placing traps until two or three days pass without killing any mice.
  • Clean up the droppings and urine daily with bleach so that you will know whether there are any fresh ones. Use a mask to avoid breathing in any pathogens.

Proactively seek out where rodents are gaining entry to your house. Seal openings around pipes and exhausts with foaming insulation or caulk. Seal windows and doors with weatherstripping. Place wire mesh over and openings you suspect they may be entering through.

If you have mice and want the problem dealt with quickly and effectively, call the pest management specialists at Triple S: (877)415-8724