There is nothing worse than discovering that you have mice in your home. Mice are smart creatures that can infest almost any place. To our horror, they multiply quickly which makes them difficult to get rid once they invade our homes. Fortunately, there are many solutions to get rid of them. The solutions are available in the form of natural remedies and commercial products. In many cases, we even have to call professionals to get rid of the problem.
After dealing with an infestation of these disease-carrying pests, it can be difficult to tell if they are gone. So, there are signs that you can look to determine if mice are gone or still residing in your home.
How do you if you still have mice or rats?
Here are a few points that will help you determine if you still have rodents:
This is the very first sign to look for because no mice mean no droppings. The fresh droppings are very easy to identify as they are moist. In case you find droppings, it means you still have rodents lurking around your home. If there are no frats or mice in your home, you will see that there are no feces. The trick is to identify the age of their droppings.
If you have pets like dogs or cats, they can play a big role in telling if you still have mice running around your home. They can smell the rodents and often behave awkwardly if they are around. Dogs and cats are able to smell much better than us. So, if they are running around smelling something, it could be an indication that you have a rodent.
Gnawing marks on food packaging, furniture, or other places in your home can help you tell if there are mice. The age of these marks will tell you the real story. The new gnaw marks are lighter in color and as the time passes they get darker. So, if you want to know if mice are gone, check the gnaw marks carefully.
When you are struggling to answer the question that whether you have mice or not, examining tracks can help a lot. It will help you determine if the rodents are still there or not. The darker their tracks are the newer these tracks may be. Because old tracks tend to fade away with the course of time.
If there are rodents in your home, there must be nesting as rodents will nest in almost anything. Search for any pieces of materials like shredded newspapers, leaves, or fabrics in or around your house. If you see any signs of nesting it could be a sign they are still living in the area.
You’re more likely to hear mice than see them. Notice any kind of sound coming during the night. It could be anything like scraping sounds behind walls or chewing sound beneath floorboards. Just listen to the sound carefully to determine if there are mice in your home or not.
Tests to Tell If Mice Are Gone …
If you are still not sure if you have mice infestation, you can verify the same by using the following methods:
- Use Talcum Powder – To make sure that you don’t have rodents in your home, use talcum powder or baking soda. Pour talcum powder along the base of your walls and leave overnight. If you find any mouse tracks, you will come to know that your home is still infested by mice. If there are no more signs of mice, it means there are no rodents.
- Use Food – Access to food is the ultimate goal of rodents like rats and mice. They love an easy mean and you can take benefit out of it. Just leave a biscuit around where you suspect mice activity and wait overnight. If the biscuit is gnawed when you see in the morning, it means there are mice in your home. If it is just gnawed, there are mice and it it’s gone, there are rats.
If you’re still not sure if you have mice infestation, go for a thorough diagnosis. I suggest to find a professional exterminator new you and get your home thoroughly examined. A professional pest controller can help you determine if mice are gone. If they are gone, your work is not over yet. You still have to sanitize your home to ensure that it is free from all the debris. Take proper precautions before and during clean up of rodent-infested areas.
Once mice are gone, follow these tips for disinfecting:
- Wear rubber or latex gloves before starting the cleanup.
- Clean urine and droppings carefully.
- Mop floors and clean everything with disinfectant or bleach solution.
- Spray the suspected areas with a disinfectant.
- Dispose of all the debris in an outdoor bin.
Also, I want to share some tips to keep mice out:
Yippy, mice are gone. So, it’s time to keep them away and here’s how…
- Fill any cracks in the foundation or walls
- Check for any gaps around doors and windows
- Make sure no pipes are open
- Ensure all food containers are airtight
- Trim any branches that come in direct contact
- Use natural rodent repellers
- Use ultrasonic devices
- Pay attention to sanitation
What I want to convey is that ‘precaution is better than cure’. Mice infestation is not good at all because these tiny creatures carry diseases. Even if you have completely out of the situation, there are chances of them coming back. The only way is to keep them away from your home, not just inside but outside of your home. Address the problems that may attract rodents as soon as possible.
I also suggest pest control from time to time to make sure that rodents are no more allowed… So, get rid of mice and never welcome them back…