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How To Identify A Mice Problem

Mice tend to avoid danger, which means they will try their best to avoid all human contact. For this reason, it is hard to tell if your house has become infested by mice. You might not see mice, but upon closer inspection, you will be able to identify a mouse problem by looking for the following signs.

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Rodent droppings are the most obvious sign that mice are present within the house. The location of the droppings will indicate the areas where the mice are most active.

The droppings will also indicate how recently the mice have been active. Newer droppings are shiny and soft, while older droppings will be hard and deteriorated.

A strong unknown urine order is another sign of a mouse problem. Mice urinate frequently and it has a musky, ammonia-like smell that is easily recognizable.

Strange noises at night

The small creatures are nocturnal, which means they are most active at night. If you are hearing strange noises after dark, this is an extremely easy way to tell if you have mice in your house.

These sounds commonly include scratching and gnawing noises caused by mice running under floors, inside walls, and chewing holes in wood.

Grease marks

Mice are creatures of habit, which means they will use the same common pathways to move about the house, including ledges, wires, and walls.

Homeowners can identify these regular routes by looking for grease marks. These dark marks are made as their bodies brush against walls and floorboards.

Footprints and tail marks also show signs of mouse activity. These tracks can easily be seen on dusty and unused surfaces.


Generally, mice build their nests using shredded paper, pieces of fabric, plants, and other soft materials. These nests will be located in private areas that are not likely to be disturbed by humans or other animals. This means it is important to check in ceilings, under cabinets, behind fridges and stoves, garages, or any other place that will give the mice shelter and protection.

If you suspect an infestation but can not find their nest, pay attention to how your pets are acting, if possible. If your dog or cat is suddenly interested in a specific area, examine the area for a nest.

Have A Mouse Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control

If you think you have a mouse problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.

At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.

Call us at 443-854-8072, visit our website or fill out our contact form for more information.

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