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The Tell Tale Signs Of Mice

Uninvited guests are a nightmare, especially when those guests are disease carrying, smelly rodents with a penchant for working their way through your food and rubbish and leaving a trail of destruction. Here are the tell tale signs that mice have been in your home.


A strong smell of ammonia, almost musky will follow the mice as they mark their pathways and territories with urine. Cats and dogs are likely to notice the odor before you do and will express this through excitement where the mice are most active. If you see them take interest in particular cupboards or skirting boards then take a closer look for the other signs of an infestation.  It could just be that there is a rogue toy or treat that had previously gone unnoticed, however if there are other signs then you have mice. Such is there habit of urinating you may notice yellow trails building up along their trails.


Mice pellets are around 5 mm in length and dark in color  where you suspect the mice have been there will be a number of them.  Check under the sink, in the dark corners underneath and inside drawers and around food containers and rubbish bags.

Scratching & Squeaking

Mice are noisy creatures and due to their poor eyesight and danger from predators they will move around the crevices and pathways around your walls and cupboards. They are nocturnal creatures so you will be able to hear their high pitched squeaking and the scurrying and scratching noises of their paws in the silence of the night.


Bite marks, or more accurately little nibble marks where they have happily gnawed through food packaging, wood, plastic or even cables. Mice have teeth that are always growing so will chew through most hard surfaces to relieve this. If you fear you have mice ensure food packets that have been opened are re-sealed and kept in air-tight containers .Food debris such as bread crumbs or cereal, or food left out is what attracts them in the first place. Ensure that food waste is put in a rubbish bin that is routinely emptied or has a strong lid.

Finally you may see a mouse, in which case it is likely there will be more nearby. Mice are quite small in size and of a light brown or grey color with a thin tail. They also have soft skeletons that allow them to fit through spaces just quarter of an inch thick making gaps in floorboards and cupboards ideal.

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Thanks to James from Terminex pest control in London for writing this post.

Fall Pest Control Tips

English: A fall tree in the SW area of the cit...

English: A fall tree in the SW area of the city of Houston (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fall Pest Invaders

As the cooler autumn and cold winter weather begins to arrive, many families are keeping warm in their cozy houses and homes. Not surprisingly, many common pests have the exact same idea. The problem is, their summer shelter is not warm enough to withstand the winter elements, so they want to move into the sanctuary; of a human dwelling. A homeowner’s only hope against the relentless invasion of common pests, like ants, spiders and rodents, is to seal-off any window and door cracks/holes, that might allow pest invaders to enter to the dwelling or structure.

DIY Pest Control Tips

The most likely points of entry for the invading pests are a building’s many windows and doors. If you leave your door or windows open, make certain that they are fitted with a proper screen that does not have any holes, cuts or tears. While you are inspecting the interior and exterior of your home, look for spots of light shining through cracks, and use your hand to feel for air movement. If you happen to discover problematic areas, seal the cracks around any windows and door frames with caulking or foam, and generously apply weather-stripping and sweeps to seal the moving parts of the door. These simple DIY pest control and home improvement strategies will help avoid unintentionally inviting an insect or bug control problem, into your home.

Glue Traps

Aside from the tiny pests like ants and spiders trying to invade your home, rodents such as rats and mice often become a pest problem for property and home owners; in the autumn and winter months. These unwanted house guests can easily find their way through a hole, not too much bigger than a dime. Once inside your home, rodents can quickly multiply and create a serious pest control problem. Therefore, as an added precaution and increased level of protection, it is highly recommended that homeowners place glue traps in the attic and other popular invasion areas. These sticky traps are able to grab both rodents and insect problems that cross them. So, if pests do happen to invade parts of your home, building or dwelling, you will know what you are up against before a serious invasion begins.

Houston Pest Control

Use these preventative measures to help ensure your home will be best free this fall and winter. If you are still seeing ants, spiders, rats, mice, or other pests, contact a pest control professional.

Bulwark Exterminating
10900 Brittmoore Park Drive
Houston, TX 77041
(281) 668-4930

AAAnimal Pro: Wildlife Control
8280 Golf Green Circle
Houston, TX 77036
(832) 248- 7804

16155 Park Row, Suite 190
Houston, TX 77084
(832) 460-3698