Signs of Mice in the Attic
Mice are common just about everywhere in the world. One of the most frequently reported house pests, mice can get inside your home through your sewer system, cracks in your walls, basement and attic, and even through cracked doors and windows. If you have mice in your home, you need to get rid of them as soon as possible to prevent damage to your home and illness in humans and pets, as mice are well-known disease carriers.
How Do I Distinguish Mice From Other Rodents?
Mice are one of many rodent species that pose a threat to homes. You can identify mice by the following characteristics:
- Grey or brown fur
- A long, thin tail
- A body length of no more than 7-1/2″
- A triangular-shaped nose and mouth
Another identifier of mice is their droppings, which typically measure 1/4″ long and have pointed ends.
How Do Mice Get in the Attic?
Mice can get into an attic in a number of ways. Most often, they enter your attic through cracks and crevices in walls, floors and ceilings. They can also enter through downspouts, leap onto your roof from tree branches and climb up vines growing on the side of your house. Attics are usually the first points of home entry for mice, and they like to stay there due to the warmth and protection of the space.
What Are Signs of Mice in the Attic?
You can tell if you have mice in your attic by the following signs:
- If you hear scurrying or scratching
- If you see mouse droppings and urine stains
- If you see mouse hallways (1″ to 2″ deep) in your insulation
- If you see small burrows
- If you see chewed items
- If you see mouse nests made from paper, cloth and similar materials
Sometimes, you can smell a faint odor if mice have been present for long enough.
How Do I Get Rid of Mice in the Attic?
DIY methods of getting rid of mice in your attic, such as setting traps, can be an effective method to eliminate a handful of these rodents. However, if you continue to hear “mice in the attic” sounds, you need to call a professional pest control service as soon as you can. Mice multiply quickly, and setting store-bought traps won’t get rid of all of them if you have an infestation.
Senate Termite and Pest Control offers a wide range of mouse control options — so contact us today if your Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia home has mice.
Prevent Mice in Your Attic
You can prevent mice from entering your attic by taking certain precautions:
- Sealing any cracks or crevices that could give mice access to your attic
- Regularly cleaning your attic space
- Don’t store food in your attic, and make sure any storage containers are securely sealed
- Trim trees and other foliage that mice could use to climb or jump on top of your roof
An additional tip: the more you clean and declutter your attic, the lower the likelihood of a mouse infestation.
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