Mice may seem small and harmless, but they are a serious threat to your home or business. They can enter through very small openings and crevices along the perimeter carrying many unwanted germs with them.
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In the Denver Metro area, the House Mouse and the Deer Mouse are often encountered inside of homes and businesses.
- Mouse Droppings:
- One of the first signs of a mouse infestation can be droppings that are small with pointed ends. Common areas that droppings may be found include: under the kitchen sink, behind appliances, in utility rooms, the corners of closets, and along ledges in crawlspaces or garages.
- Mouse Runways & Gnawing:
- Mice can also leave behind smudges and grease marks along their travel routes. If you find markings along baseboards look for other evidence of mouse activity.
- Another indication of a mouse infestation is evidence of gnawing. Mice may chew a small opening in the door frame to make it larger or trim their ever growing incisors on other wood around a home.
- Mouse Noises in Walls & Ceiling Spaces:
- Hearing scratching and scurrying in walls or ceilings spaces can point to a mouse infestation. Make sure to note what time of day the activity is heard as mice are more active during the evening/night, but may exhibit daytime activity where there is a higher mouse population.
- Mouse Odor & Nesting Material:
- Mouse infestations also have a telltale smell. Many describe it as a musky urine smell that doesn’t dissipate.
- The strong odor associated with a mouse infestation is often accompanied by the nesting material. Mice will often use shredded paper, insulation, mattress stuffing, clothing, or natural grasses to construct their nests.
- Mouse Sightings:
- Finally, mouse sightings inside the structure are a strong indication of an infestation – because where there is one mouse there are sure to be more. Keep in mind that the House Mouse is typically a uniform gray or brown color while the Deer Mouse is reddish brown with a white underbelly.
Exterior mouse activity is inevitable in Colorado, especially in areas where greenbelts and fields are directly adjacent to a structure, but there are several things you can do to limit mouse activity on your property and protect against mouse entry into your home or business.
- Make Habitat Modifications:
- Eliminate brush or debris along the exterior structure to limit mouse habitat.
- Store firewood away from the structure of your home as mice may build nests in the space between logs.
- Limit Mouse Food Sources on Your Property:
- Keep trash stored in receptacles with a lid.
- Avoid open compost piles as this provides an excellent food source for mice.
- If you have a chicken run, make sure to keep all food stored in tightly sealed containers and work to eliminate mouse entry points into the chicken coop.
- Repair Mouse Entry Points:
- Mice like a warm place to live so even if you keep habitat/food/water sources at a minimum mice may enter openings in the structure to get protection from the elements. Having your home or business regularly inspected for mouse entry points and performing repairs with chew resistant materials can limit potential mice access points.
- Get Professional Mouse Control:
- Schedule regular mouse control services along the exterior of your home or business to maintain exterior rodent populations.