All over the world, rodents are running rampant and New York is definitely not an exception. In our area we have House Mice, Deer Mice and Meadow / Woodland Jumping Mice and White Footed Mice as well as Roof Rats, Norway Rats and Pack Rats are among the offenders. Rodents are a problem to homes as they spread diseases and cause property damage. Contaminating food, defecating and chewing through housing materials and utility lines, rodents are a major problem. Though all of these rodents can be an issue, we at Always Ready Pest Control would like to discuss the basics of house mice and how to spot an infestation.

House Mouse Rodent Identification Guide

To escape extreme weather or predators or to fulfill basic needs, pests in general, including house mice will often find refuge inside homes. House mice are typically opportunists. Under the right circumstances, mice will come inside but usually they prefer outdoor living. Their main coloring varies in browns, blacks, and grays and the house mice will have lighten or white underbellies. Eating anything it can, being omnivorous, the house mice usually stick to nuts and seeds when available. They usually are nocturnal but when the needs are severe, they will look for food or water during the day. As mentioned, if house mice infiltrate your home, they can potentially destroy utility line, structural materials, contaminate food, and spread diseases, usually through their fecal matter. When you notice house mice, getting rid of them is essential. Below are a few indicators you have an infestation.

Signs of House Mice; Urine, Droppings & More

1) Seeing movement of mice in your peripherals. When they emerge from their hiding areas, house mice have a tendency to establish specific and predictable travel patterns. In their peripherals, house mice can be seen darting undercover to location. Do not brush it off as playing tricks cause if you think you saw a house mouse, you likely did.
2) Mice urine & droppings waste. House mice will relieve themselves wherever they happen to be. Where the raid for food, harvest nesting materials, their travel routes, and their nesting grounds. Spotting tiny pellet-like feces is an indicator of house mice.
3) Mice nesting debris. When they prepare for birth, house mice will construct a nest. Seeing claw and bite marks in papers, linens, and other materials as well as seeing the trails of debris is a sign they are inside.
4) Hearing mice scratching. Heard behind the walls or on top of ceilings, house mice can be heard rustling around with their activities in addition to hearing the pantry being raided as they tear through food packaging. Hearing scratching and pitter-patter noises of their footsteps are often heard by homeowners.
5) Finding crumbs. As mentioned, they will raid your pantry in an effort to find food. They will leave gnaw and bite marks in paper, cardboard, and flimsy plastic packaged food as well as surrounding crumbs.

House Mouse Rodent Control & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

If you know or even suspect house mice or any other rodent or pest, call Always Ready Pest Control to ensure they are eliminated quickly and efficiently. Where mice can be difficult to control, you need a certified expert to make sure it is done right. Contact us today!