There’s nothing worse than seeing a mouse run across your kitchen. After all, who wants to cook or eat in a room that a mouse has been using for his own personal bathroom? Sadly, these irritating creatures are smart and sneaky; so once you see one of them, there’s probably more. Fox Pest Control doesn’t tolerate mice. We’ll put in the effort to make sure you and your family feel safe in a clean home.
You might already know for sure that you have a mouse problem. But here are a couple of the most common signs of a mouse infestation in Rhode Island.
The first sign of a mouse infestation is their droppings. Mice aren’t particular about where they leave their droppings, so they will appear anywhere the mice are hiding, including the backside of drawers, inside pantries or cabinets, in basements or attic spaces, under water heaters or heating units, etc.
Mice may make noise at night, usually scurrying sounds, scratching, or squeaking.
Mice are rodents, which means their teeth are constantly growing. They have a strong urge to chew things to wear down their teeth, including wood, cardboard, food containers, or plastic.
Although less common than the other signs of mice, a mouse may get caught in the open when the light is turned on in the basement, kitchen, or other room. In rare cases, mice may run out into the open looking for food, water, or shelter.
Think you have a mouse problem? Call Fox Pest Control for a free Rhode Island mouse control quote.
Schedule RI prompt control service with one of our certified technicians.
Your technician will conduct a thorough pest control inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized mouse treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.
You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain mouse free.
We come back regularly throughout the year to ensure the mice don’t come back. If you see any mouse activity between your regularly scheduled service, simply give us a call. We’ll come back for free!
The best way to treat mice is with preventative measures, such as filling up tiny gaps and cracks around the house, and also fixing cracks in the foundation. Store your food in airtight containers to make your home less appealing to them as well.
When mice have already invaded, it’s best to call Fox Pest Control to let us return your home to you and make it safe and comfortable again.
The biggest problem mice will usually give to homeowners is contaminate food and chew through walls, containers, furniture, fabric, paper, and electrical wiring.
Signs of mice include:
Chewed cloths or paper
Squeaks, squeals, strange noises, and movements, especially at night
Tiny mouse footprints in dirt or piles of food (eg prints in flour or sugar)
Holes chewed through food containers or in the walls
Unusual alert behavior of house cats or dogs
Mice have an extraordinary ability to squeeze themselves into tiny spaces. If the outside wall of a house has any gaps, a mouse can fit into a hole the diameter of a nickel or smaller.
Mice can fit into gaps or cracks the size of a nickel or even a dime.
As long as the mouse can fit its little head in a gap or hole, its unique bone structure allows it to pull itself through.
Once inside your home, mice will look for hiding places with plenty of food and water nearby, so the kitchen or food storage areas are obvious hiding spots.
Mice can eat a lot of different sorts of food, especially foods that are high in sugar or protein. With their strong sense of smell, they go looking for foods they prefer, and the typical kitchen is full of them. That’s why it’s extremely important to seal all your food — including pet food — in airtight containers.
Body size. Adult mice are much smaller than adult rats.
Feces. Mice feces are brown or black and about the size and shape of rice grains. Norwegian rat droppings are larger and more cylindrical, and roof rat feces are larger and more banana-shaped.
Tails. Rat tails are hairless, whereas mice tails grow tiny hairs. Mouse tails are proportionately longer compared to their body size than rat tails.
Ears. Mouse ears are more rounded than a rat’s, and rat ears are slightly narrower than a mouse’s.
Body shape. Rats, especially the Norwegian rat, have more of a hunch to their bodies than mice.
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If a Fox Pest Control customer has an infestation of covered pests between regularly scheduled Home Protection Plan treatments, we will come back and perform targeted treatments to get rid of the pest at no charge. If Fox Pest Control cannot resolve the problem after three such targeted treatments, we will cheerfully refund the customer’s last monthly subscription fee, as long as all other terms of the agreement have been met.
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