Have you ever had that feeling that there might be some unwanted house guests creeping around in your walls? One of the most common rodents you may find in your home is a mouse. These small rodents can sneak into your home easily through gaps and cracks on the exterior of your home. They are in search of warm shelter, food and water. If they can find a way into your home and easy access to food, they will multiply quickly, if not dealt with properly. A female house mouse can give birth to up to six babies a week. This is a good reason to educate yourself about these pests and how to eliminate them fast.

Here are a few quick signs to look for, if you think you might have a mouse in your house.

  • Chew marks: If you find little chew marks on wood, cloth, wiring or cardboard items in your home, this can be a sign that you have mice in your home. These pests like to chew through things to get material to make their nests with and to find food.
  • Droppings: If you start to notice small, black droppings about the size of a grain of rice around your home, this means that mice are in your home and have found a food source.
  • Noise: If you hear scratching and scurrying around in your walls, you may have rodents in your walls trying to build nests and forage for food.
  • Sighting: The best evidence that you have a mice infestation in your home is an actual sighting. Seeing a mouse in your house does not always mean that you have a full on infestation yet. However, it does mean that they are getting brave and there is a strong chance that there is more than just one. Mice tend to stay well hidden from sight, unless the pickings are slim and they are competing for food.

Here are some ways to prevent mice from seeing your home as a comfy retreat to hang out in.

  • Seal up your home: Sealing up the exterior of your home is essential to pest prevention. This can be any gaps around piping or venting, cracks in the foundation, windows or doors. All of these areas should be sealed up to keep mice out.
  • Seal up your food and water sources: Take time to make sure that all your food sources are sealed. This can be anything from dry goods in the pantry to dog food on the floor. Also, seal any leaky pipes.

These simple tips will help keep pests from settling into your home. If you find that you already have a mice infestation in your home, call a professional pest exterminator today. They will be able to work with you to set up a plan of action to eliminate any current pests and prevent pests from returning in the future.