How do you know the mice are gone?

One of the most intense and frequent pests in the world are mice. They destroy everything they find; they litter, defecate, infect, and end up making people and pet sick. They transmit diseases that can be highly contagious and dangerous. We do everything we can to get rid of them, but they are very resilient and intelligent. However, there are many ways to reduce their negative impact on our homes and buildings. From poisons, to traps and tricks that make them disappear from our environment. But the question always remains: How do you know the mice are gone? Here are some details that will help you give a sure answer to the question.

The question for the diagnosis

Recognising that a pest such as mice has left is more than just knowing whether our measures worked. First, it is necessary to establish the conditions of our home or property. Secondly, it is necessary to recognise how effective the treatment is and thirdly, to identify possible alternative strategies. This is in the case of maintaining a mouse infestation or a minimal rodent population on your property.

Some ways to check if they are really gone or we have eliminated them

There are several actions we can take to find out if our property has been rid of the pest. These are a series of strategies that you can apply with a systematic and continuous approach because these animals are very resistant.

We can see they are still at our house

Most of the time we become aware of their existence casually at night when we hear some soft noise in the cupboard. Scratches, light footsteps, scurrying, are some clues, but we see them live when we see them running from one place to their hiding place. Seeing them removes any doubt about their presence and although they are very fast, we can always see their flash as they leave a place.

Less evidence of damage

A curious fact about most rodents is that their incisors grow constantly throughout their lives. So, they must gnaw on anything they can chew, and this action becomes evidence of their presence. So, when we do not see wires, wood, or any other surface with signs of their teeth, we may think that they are not around. The same happens with the shavings they leave behind from gnawing on wood and soft materials in which they leave holes. These are also evidence of their habitats because they correspond to the entrances to them.

Feeding and droppings

If they are in your house they must eat, in very few cases do they move out of the immediate area to feed. This leaves traces of various kinds, the first and most obvious being nibbling on food, as well as breaking packaging. Their bites are small and usually concentrated in specific areas, especially the soft parts of the fruit. Also, the openings they make in packaging are generally small and rounded. We will see the product watered in nearby areas.

Likewise, the droppings are generally located close to where they fed. small evidence of undisputedly extremely small cylinders, especially in the corners and chinks of the walls. It is also a way of determining the size of the rodents that share our space.

Odours

The urine of these animals is extremely strong in odour. It is also characteristic, with a strong presence of ammonia. If you can smell it, it is probably still there.

Scurrying around in hidden areas

Depending on the property, there are certain areas where mice feel relatively safe. In these areas, they tend to run and hide. Their steps are fast, and the stretches are short because they stop to check for dangers along the way. However, this is not something they do in all environments. But if you heard them before the control measures and they are no longer present, it is a clear indication that they are no longer in the vicinity. Remember that mice are creatures of habit. If they used to roam in a certain place, they will continue to do so unless they radically change their habits.

Other situations

There are other ways to determine if they have disappeared from your home. Cats generally become frantic when they sense your presence by sniffing around places, they think they might be. Also, wintertime represents an increase in their population because they hide to withstand the cold. In summer they usually move to safer places.

The condition of furniture or wooden shelves should also be checked where they generally make the most effort to gnaw. It is common to find their bites in the lower areas of furniture.

Tricks to check for their presence

Undeniably effective is to set traps to catch them and check for their presence. Another way is to place food in strategic areas. Small amounts of food such as cereals or fruit and check if they have nibbled on any of the scenes. It is also useful to check their footprints by placing a small portion of flour on the floor or area where they are usually located. Leave it overnight and check early in the morning to see if they have wandered around. Place portions of food in the identified exits where they previously occupied. As we have indicated, mice are creatures of habit, they will re-inhabit the same places they have colonised before.

In short, the mechanisms are many and your inventiveness can work as a way of finding other tricks. This is an important task because, as we indicated, these rodents transmit diseases and damage installations and furniture. If you want to know more about this subject, go here and ask for help.

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