The Autumn is a beautiful time of year. The leaves start to change which creates beautiful foliage viewing. The bugs are gone. The sunsets seems to grow more beautiful at night, and the temperature starts to drop at night. The ambiance of a wood stove or fireplace is serene and calming until you start to year the gnawing of little teeth from inside your walls. When the temperature drops, the critters start trying to find a place to nest for the winter and sometimes that can be inside your walls.
Mice in your walls
Mice are nocturnal creatures. They sleep during the day and are active at night. This means that when you are ready to go to bed, they are just getting up. When they are in your walls, the scratching can really disrupt your sleep patterns. Some people find it very hard to sleep with the constant scratching.
Mice are very tiny and they only need a hole the size of their head to squeeze through. Any openings into your walls provides a starting point for them. Then, they will start eating away at your insulation which is not only annoying, but it can cost you money. Finding any of these holes and blocking them is a good place to start when trying to prevent a mouse infestation in the first place.
Mice also reproduce very quickly. The average gestational period of a mouse is 20 days which means that every 20 days or so you will have a new batch of little mice that will start breeding themselves when they are only 50 days old. This problem can get out of hand fast. It is very important to recognize the signs of a mouse infestation early so that you can prevent it from causing serious damage to your house.
Signs of an Infestation
One signs of a mouse infestation is their droppings. These are small, pellet like black droppings that you might find on your kitchen counters or in your drawers in the morning. If you have droppings, you have mice. They will try to find food if you leave it out so the kitchen is the first place to look.
Another sign of a mouse infestation is gnawed on furniture or stuffing. They like to use fabric and stuffing for their nests. You might even notice holes in your clothes. Soft clothing material makes excellent bedding for a mouse.
What to do
If you do notice droppings, stuffing or hear scratching coming from your walls it is incredibly important that you get rid of these pests. They can cause serious damage if they are not taken care of properly. You may need the help of a qualified pest control service. JDM Pest Control is an eco-friendly pest control service. If you notice these signs do not hesitate to call us at 416-729-3568.