Things that go Bump in the Night
It’s always disconcerting to hear noises at night, especially when they’re coming from somewhere nearby. While larger animals, like possums and raccoons, tend to make louder thumping noises, they are most often found in your attic. Mice, on the other hand, are small enough to scurry through wall cavities, bringing them closer to you and disturbing your sleep.
Quiet as a Mouse?
Although we often use the phrase “quiet as a mouse” these rodents are far from peaceful, scratching and squeaking their way through the night.
If you regularly hear noises coming from your attic or walls during the night, the likelihood is they’re a rodent of some description. Identification is the first step in dealing with any pest problem and professional residential pest control services will always complete an investigation and assessment before deciding on the best way of dealing with the problem.
A Nocturnal Social Whirl
Mice can be distinguished from other nighttime prowlers by the type of noises they make. Like humans, mice are sociable creatures and communicate vocally, making a range of different squeaks to convey different needs or emotions.
If you’re sharing your home with mice, you’ll probably also hear scurrying and scratching sounds, especially at night when these nocturnal creatures are most active. The most effective pest control services will first identify the main areas of rodent activity and target the entry points they are using to access your home.
An infestation of mice can be a serious headache for the homeowner. Not only do they carry an array of diseases and bacteria, they can also do extensive damage to the structure of your home and cause chaos in the pantry.
As mice are more active at night, the chances are that you’ll see signs of mouse activity long before you see one of the furry critters themselves. The earlier you get professional advice and treatment, the more effective it will be in terms of controlling the problem. Truly Nolen can assist you in finding the perfect solution for your mouse infestation.
Handy Rodent Tips
In addition to a professional strategy of rodent control, you can help reduce the temptations that lure mice onto your property. The most effective steps you can take are:
- Remove all food and water sources wherever possible
- Clean up any rodent feces or urine as soon as you can and use bleach to get rid of any traces of mice that may attract others
- Make sure utility access points, such as where a cable or pipe enters the house, are properly sealed
- Ensure your doors and windows close properly and are free of signs of gnawing or scratching
- Check your roof and foundations for cracks or holes that rodents may use to access your home.
Taking the steps above can be time-consuming, especially if you’re already hearing mice in the walls. This is why many people turn to a professional company to provide time-saving and cost-effective residential pest control services. Contact the experts at Truly Nolen if you’re currently experiencing an infestation in your home.