mouse trat prevention

Signs that Mice and Rats Didn’t Go Away

You’ve caught a few mice and rats before, but how can you make sure that your house is rodents free? How can you tell if the dropping trail you found is new or old?

First, explore the population size: if you only see the rodents at night – the population hasn’t grown. You can control it using traps like this one and baits. If you see any rodents in daylight and many tracks – the mice population is increasing, and you’ll need help from a professional. Fresh droppings tend to be dark and moist; you’ll usually find them near food packages and in closed and in drawers or hidden areas.

You’ll find the most significant amount of dropping near the rodents eating and nesting area. Examine the area surrounding the fresh droppings to decide whether the infestation is active or if you’re dealing with a new one. 

Second, look for gnaw marks: the fresh ones will be lighter and get darker in time. You’ll usually find them on the house structure. To determine whether the gnaw marks are new, compare it with older ones found on a similar material. If the new bite marks are lighter, it can indicate the infestation is ongoing. 

Also, based on the size of gnawing, you can determine if you have mice or rats in your house: 

More massive gnaw marks will be produced by rats. If you previously experienced a mouse infestation, and you see more massive biting marks – the mice might be out of your house, but now the rats became your house guests. 

Rodents carry harmful bacteria and viruses that could be dangerous. Being exposed to rodent droppings or nesting materials raises the risk of potential infection. The most popular viral infection from rodents to humans is the Hantavirus that causes Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. This syndrome poses a life danger in half of the infected subjects and can be fatal in some cases.

Third, sniff for a foul odor: cats and dogs may become active near rodent infestations. They’re attracted to the rodents smell. Get a flashlight and inspect the area for rodents. If the infestation is large, you might find an ongoing stale smell  – indicating it’s active. 

Fourth, look for tracks and runways. If rodents are in your house, their runway tracks will be distinctive. To detect a runway using a flashlight, hold it at an angle towards the suspected area. 

If you suspect your house is infested, place a thin layer of flour. If there’s rodent activity, you’ll find a trail of dust.

And last, if you find piles of shredded paper, fabric, or dried plant matter and any of the other signs written above – you haven’t got rid of the infestation.

You’ve caught a few mice and rats before, but how can you make sure that your house is rodents free? How can you tell if the dropping trail you found is new or old?

First, explore the population size: if you only see the rodents at night – the population hasn’t grown. You can control it using traps like this one and baits. If you see any rodents in daylight and many tracks – the mice population is increasing, and you’ll need help from a professional. Fresh droppings tend to be dark and moist; you’ll usually find them near food packages and in closed and in drawers or hidden areas.

You’ll find the most significant amount of dropping near the rodents eating and nesting area. Examine the area surrounding the fresh droppings to decide whether the infestation is active or if you’re dealing with a new one. 

Second, look for gnaw marks: the fresh ones will be lighter and get darker in time. You’ll usually find them on the house structure. To determine whether the gnaw marks are new, compare it with older ones found on a similar material. If the new bite marks are lighter, it can indicate the infestation is ongoing. 

Also, based on the size of gnawing, you can determine if you have mice or rats in your house: 

More massive gnaw marks will be produced by rats. If you previously experienced a mouse infestation, and you see more massive biting marks – the mice might be out of your house, but now the rats became your house guests. 

Rodents carry harmful bacteria and viruses that could be dangerous. Being exposed to rodent droppings or nesting materials raises the risk of potential infection. The most popular viral infection from rodents to humans is the Hantavirus that causes Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. This syndrome poses a life danger in half of the infected subjects and can be fatal in some cases.

Third, sniff for a foul odor: cats and dogs may become active near rodent infestations. They’re attracted to the rodents smell. Get a flashlight and inspect the area for rodents. If the infestation is large, you might find an ongoing stale smell  – indicating it’s active. 

Fourth, look for tracks and runways. If rodents are in your house, their runway tracks will be distinctive. To detect a runway using a flashlight, hold it at an angle towards the suspected area. 

If you suspect your house is infested, place a thin layer of flour. If there’s rodent activity, you’ll find a trail of dust.

And last, if you find piles of shredded paper, fabric, or dried plant matter and any of the other signs written above – you haven’t got rid of the infestation.