What Does Mice Damage Look Like?

What Does Mice Damage Look Like?


When people think of finding a mouse in their home, they often imagine the places where that mouse might have been—and the diseases it may have picked up. While the spreading of diseases is definitely something to be concerned about, another issue that arises when you have mice in your home can be the damage trail they leave behind them. Identifying these damages early while they are still small can help you avoid a larger mouse infestation in the future.

Most of the damages mice cause to homes is due to their constant need to gnaw on things to wear down their ever-growing teeth. If several items in your home appear to be chewed on, or if you notice tiny rips and tears in the fabric of your couches, there is a chance you have a mouse infestation.

Mice will chew almost anything, everything from books to table feet, to floorboards. If it can be chewed on, they will chew it. Even your mattresses and clothing aren’t safe because those soft fabrics are perfect for nesting materials. The wiring within your home is also at risk of being tampered with—mice have created short-circuiting problems in several homes when they chew through major and minor electrical wires, which can lead to house fires.

While noticing any chewing mice have done in your home is one of the most common ways to identify an infestation, here are a few other signs you might notice if mice are living in your home.

  • Mice like to eat grains, so if you start spotting holes in your rice bags or cereal boxes, you might have a mouse problem.
  • Urine and feces are left anywhere they frequent. If mice are in your home, there’s no doubt that you will see trails of their waste across your floors and in your attic.
  • Water damage can sometimes be traced to mice when they chew through PVC piping in your home. While having water damage may not always mean there are mice in your home, it is always good to check for other signs in addition to the water damage you’ve seen.
  • Scurrying and squeaking sounds. Noticing these noises coming from your walls or ceiling is an alarming thing to hear in the middle of the night when you would rather be sleeping.

You don’t have to let these rodents take over your home. Here at Schendel Pest Services, we have the experience and tools to rid you of all your pesky pest problems. With our year-round pest protection program, you don’t have to worry about mice intruding on your space and damaging your property. Your search for an honest and effective pest control company is over. Give us a call today to learn more about our residential pest control options.