Obvious signs that mice are present are their droppings which appear in size about 1/8 to 1 inch in length, dark and pointed at both ends, gnawing, squeaking or running sounds, or damage to food or materials. Mice constantly leave feces and urinate in the areas they frequent. The odor of mice is quite distinct, especially urine. Fresh droppings are dark in color and soft. As they age, the droppings will become hard and brittle. Mice are predictable and will travel the same route over and over again as long as they are not alarmed, leaving their smudge mark along the walls, pipes and holes. The smudge mark is caused by a dirt and oil buildup in their fur. Footprints and or tail drags can sometimes be seen is dusty or dirty areas of frequent travel. Talc, flour, dust or tracking dust can be quite helpful in determining the presence and location of mice. Mice can and will gnaw their way through anything that is softer than their teeth, so gnaw marks are a sure sign of their uninvited presence. Older gnaw marks on wood are darker in color. Sounds of mice gnawing, squeaking, or running through the walls or in the ceiling is occasionally the only sign that they are present. Mice favor nesting materials of shredded paper, insulation material and string. Rodents consume and or contaminate large quantities of food every year.
The house mouse is extremely well adapted for living year round in homes, businesses and many other structures. You are most likely to notice mice during their fall migration indoors and during the winter months because they seek a place of warmth, with a food source and shelter. Once they establish themselves, they can be challenge to control.
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