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A Mouse in the House?

Sometimes you see them, sometimes you don’t, but there are signs that mice have taken up residence in your home or office. It’s move-in time and they are coming whether you like it or not.

Sometimes it begins with a smell.  Mice use their urine to communicate with each other, mark their territory, and to attract mates. If you have a large mouse population in your home, the smell may eventually become noticeable. Dead rodents also have a distinctive odor that a pest professional will be able to immediately identify. The smell may be coming from the attic or behind the walls.

Other times, you may hear noises, especially at night when it is quiet. Mice are nocturnal and tend to become active once it gets dark, scampering in the attic, in your walls or along the floor in your kitchen. The noises may be movement, gnawing or squeaking. Take note of when and where you hear them. It will help later.

Homeowners often see evidence of a mouse infestation but don’t always know what it means. A few small droppings in back of your kitchen draws or cabinets can mean a big problem. If you notice pellets around, don’t just assume that they are old. 

Finally, rodents chew things. Constantly. Their teeth never stop growing so it’s their way of keeping them in check. Chewed wires, shaving or debris may be an indication that you have a mouse problem. And, if the problem goes unchecked, you may eventually have a fire hazard.

You’re not alone - many homeowners begin to experience the move-in-mouse problem when the weather turns cool. Call Home Paramount today for your free inspection and stay alert for these furry invaders.