What do mice look like?
Mice are small rodents typically grey or brown in color. This pest is also commonly referred to as a house mouse. They have long tails and large ears, and they are usually no more than a few inches long. Some people keep them as pets, while others consider them to be pests.
Other visual signs of mice include their droppings. These dark, tiny (3-6 mm) granular shaped feces should not be handled without protection. Mouse droppings are often concentrated near nesting grounds, but can appear in other areas of the house. Mouse droppings are a sure sign of an infestation.
You can usually see evidence of a mouse also by the tracks they leave behind. If you see dusty or muddy paw prints that are less than half an inch long, with four toes on the front feet and five on the back, running in parallel lines, it’s likely a mouse. Often you’ll also see drag marks from their tails. These impressions are more obvious when you find mouse tracks in snow, dust, or dirt.
What do they sound and smell like?
Many people have had the experience at night where they hear crittering in the walls. Beyond scattering sounds, the noise they make most frequently is a high-pitched squeak, but it can change in pitch and frequency depending on what they’re trying to communicate. For example, their squeaks are faster during mating and louder when they find food.
These pests typically have a pungent and musky odor that may smell like a combination of urine and decay. This smell is often most prominent around areas in your home where mice like to frequent, such as your attic, cabinets, and corners.
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