Mice evidence of intrusion can be easy to recognize. The question in most people’s minds is how to determine if they a problem with mice. There are plenty of ways to determine if house or field mice have moved onto your property, or worse, into your home. Read through the following techniques to help you recognize the common house and field mice evidence of intrusion.
Mice Evidence of Intrusion- Tracks
Mice tracks made outdoors will be easily visible on soft ground. Look for tracks next to buildings in newly planted seed beds. Inside, you may want to sprinkle flour along a suspected pathway and rolled it smooth with soup can or other cylindrical object. Look for tracks in the flour the following morning. Mouse tracks will look like;
Mice Evidence of Intrusion-Urine Marks
Mice don’t have the hygiene practices we do and as such you may find urine stains along frequently traveled areas. If you have an ultraviolet lamp handy, you can shine along suspected pathways. The mouse urine will glow under the light and you will be able to use this as evidence of intrusion.
Mice Evidence of Intrusion-Scat
Mouse scat, droppings, excrement, or whatever term you may use to describe mouse poop is quiet discernable from other pests. They are very small, cylindrical pellets that have are reminiscent of candy coated sprinkles found on sugary desserts, minus the fruity color. They are normally about ¼ inch long and black in color. If you observe them under a magnifying glass you will also not distinctive longitudinal ridges with straight edges.
Mice Evidence of Intrusion-Smudge Marks
Smudge marks are often left behind along areas where house mice regularly travel. They are caused by oil and dirt rubbing off their fur. Look for smudge marks along rafters, pipes and walls.
Mice Evidence of Intrusion-Gnawing
To keep their ever growing incisors at a reasonable length evidence of gnawing will be in any area where they have set up residence. Look for chewed up edges on doors and in wall corners. Stored wood and other material stored for any length of time may also prove irresistible to these little rodents. If they have chewed a hole by which to gain access to your building, the holes will be anywhere from ¼ inch to 1 and ½ inches in diameter.
Mice Evidence of Intrusion-Sounds
These little mammals can be heard. Listen for them climbing through the walls, across the ceilings and talking to each other.
Mice Evidence of Intrusion-Nests
Most people find nests during regular cleaning activities. Nests are made of shredded materials such as paper, insulation, etc. They are about four (4) to six (6) inches in diameter and often smell like urine.
Mice Evidence of Intrusion-Smell
Mice have another evidentiary trait specific to them; they stink. Mice have a musky odor that has a nasty way of permeating through insulation and ceilings and into our living areas.
Mice are the most prevalent mammal to coexist with humans. They can find their way into our homes, barns, gardens and yards. They seem to have a knack for finding our food stores and wood piles and as such they leave plenty of signs as evidence of intrusion.