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There’s a Mouse in the House?

For effective pest control in Muskegon, MI, a thorough home inspection will help you identify the type of rodent you’re dealing with. Please note, at this time we do not offer live trapping.

Identifying a Rodent Problem

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Rats and mice need warmth to survive Michigan’s cold winters, just like people. A one-quarter inch hole is all that’s necessary for a rodent to make your home its luxury winter getaway. Once inside, mice will use your pantry as a choice feeding area. They also gnaw on the wood, burrow, and nest within your walls in the warm insulation, while spreading disease and droppings throughout your home. Although you can try to rid your home of these pests yourself, it often requires a professional home pest control or commercial pest control exterminator to achieve effective rodent control and prevent their return.

What to Look For

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The common house mouse is a typical pest control problem here in West Michigan. Droppings, gnaw marks, and urine odors are some of the tip-offs that you have a rodent control problem.


Dropping are the most common sign that you have a problem. A typical adult mouse produces 50-75 dropping each day. You can find literally thousands of droppings from even a small infestation. Droppings appear as small black pieces of rice but with pointed ends.

Sounds & Odors

Other indicators that you may be dealing with a rodent problem are strong, musty odors, or a urine scent. Scratching and clawing are common sounds coming from within walls or the ceiling above or under floorboards. Cats and dogs may act excited at the areas rodents may be present.

Gnaw Marks

Evidence of gnawing is a sign that you have a rodent problem. Rodents tend to gnaw on wooden structures such as corners, floor joists, and wall studs. Cardboard and cartons are also favorites for mice.

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