- Finding small rodent tracks
- Finding rod-shaped mouse droppings
- Gnaw marks on plastic or furniture
- A scurrying sound coming from inside the walls
- Pets acting strangely
- Urine odors
- Small holes that have been chewed open
Mice are often confused with rats because they look and act in similar ways, however, they are two different species. Mice are grey or brown in color and can be identified by their big ears in proportion to their bodies and their long, thin tails. While you will rarely see mice, they do leave signs that they are around. The list above is the most common signs to look for.
We deal with the main issue of a mouse infestation which is the entry point. We track down where they could be getting in and set up prevention so that they will not be able to reenter. It is also important to note that we set traps and do not use poison of any kind to remove the mice from your Merrimac, Boxford or Salisbury, MA home!
Mice are generally viewed as unsanitary, but an infestation can pose many many other problems, both to property and to your health. Mice have the need to constantly gnaw, leading them to chew on and damage many things including electrical wires, pipes, plastic, furniture, and drywall. The destruction they cause can end up costing homeowners a lot of money.
Mice also pose health threats, some of which can be quite serious. They are known to:
- Carry many diseases including hantavirus and salmonella
- Trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions
- Cause respiratory problems when their feces start to build up in walls
- Carry parasites
Mice are a problem because they are hard to control. They are very prolific and can reproduce quickly, leading to the number of mice in your home to grow out of control despite your best efforts to get a handle on the infestation.
Because of the many issues that mice can cause to you and your family, taking some preventative steps can most certainly help. Prevention methods aren't always effective, but they have been shown to help you reduce the risk. Here are a few steps to take:
- Store food (including pet food) in airtight containers
- Regularly clean kitchen areas
- Clean up food and drink spills
- Take out the trash often
- Seal up entry points by fixing broken screens
- Place caulk in holes and cracks in the wall
It's clear that mice are not just a nuisance and that if you have an infestation you should get it checked out. We have the expertise and experience to help you remove current mice and prevent future infestations to help you keep your family safe and healthy.