Battling with a mouse infestation is a challenge!
Often, the signs are clear that you have mice in your home. Other times, it is not so clear.
You may find a little evidence, but that’s where it stops.
For instance, you may have found mouse droppings, but you haven’t seen or heard a mouse in your home. What does that mean?
In this post, we are going to take a look and will give you a step by step process to follow, because it could be nothing to worry about, or it could be the start of an infestation.
- I Have Found Mouse Droppings But No Mouse – What Do I Do?
- 1. Take Stock
- 2. Clean Up
- 3. Find Mice Access Points
- 4. Get Some Traps
- 5. Clean Up The Mouse Droppings
- 6. Stay Vigilant
- Is Finding One Mouse Dropping the Sign of a Problem?
- Do Mice Poop Where They Eat?
- What Can Be Mistaken For Mouse Droppings?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- How dangerous are mouse droppings?
- Can you get sick from mice droppings?
- How can you tell if mouse droppings are fresh?
I Have Found Mouse Droppings But No Mouse – What Do I Do?
1. Take Stock
The first thing you need to do be thankful that you have only found mouse poop and no mouse because you might be in luck!
You may have caught the infestation right at the beginning!
I am not suggesting that you definitely have got lucky, but there is a chance. Mice tend to be much more active at night, so you will need to wait until the evening to see if you hear any noises around your home.
Make a note of any evidence that you find. Write down the exact places that you see the droppings because you will be performing regular checks.
2. Clean Up
It is imperative that you clean up any food.
Mice are attracted to food, warmth, protection, and comfort. If your home has a rich source of food (crumbs, opened food boxes, etc), then you are basically inviting mice into your home.
Clean your food away and consider improving the way that you store it.
Don’t just stop with the kitchen either, perform a deep clean all over your home. Clear any food, and store items correctly – especially in your attic!
3. Find Mice Access Points
Take a look around your home for common entry points.
It is clear that at least one mouse has entered your home!
It is vital that you fix any entry points to stop more mice from getting into your home.
I perform regular checks around my property to catch any entry points that have appeared since the last time I checked.
It is much easier to stop mice from getting in, compared with getting rid of them once they are in your home!
4. Get Some Traps
If you think you may have mice in your home, you should certainly consider purchasing some mouse traps.
Read this guide for setting mouse traps if you are not sure how to set them up.
I have at least 6 traps set up around my home, even though I am confident they can’t get in. I have snap traps in the attic, and pet-friendly mouse traps outdoors.
I do this because you can never be 100% certain that mice will not enter your home. These traps are always waiting for those mice you find their way into my home.
5. Clean Up The Mouse Droppings
Mice droppings can carry some very nasty diseases, such as Hantavirus.
Cleaning up after mice is vital if you want you and your family to stay healthy!
You should clean every area where you have seen or heard mice activity. Ensure that you have removed all evidence of droppings.
Not only will this ensure that your home is clean, but it will also help you identify any fresh droppings.
6. Stay Vigilant
Now that you have seen droppings, you need to remain vigilant.
- Listen for noises
- Check your attic for signs of mice
- Check your garage for signs of mice
- Just check anywhere for signs of mice!
You cannot afford to rest on your laurels, just because you have not seen a mouse. The fact that you have seen droppings is a warning sign and one that you need to pay attention to.
I guess you should remain in an ‘amber alert’ situation.
Is Finding One Mouse Dropping the Sign of a Problem?
The quick answer is that if you have found mouse poop, it is definitely something you need to investigate further.
Having said that, if you have only found one dropping, it is probably nothing you need to be concerned about. You do need to remain vigilant though.
You should always be looking out for more of them, especially around common hiding places in your house.
One dropping may not be a clear sign of a mouse problem, but it is a good idea to address it now in case it turns into a mouse infestation! Get yourself some mouse traps to help deal with the issue.
Do Mice Poop Where They Eat?
Listen, mice poop literally everywhere! So yes, mice poop where they eat.
In fact, I have seen a mouse poop WHILE it was eating!
Just because it isn’t something that you and I would do, it doesn’t mean that mice will hold onto a poop just because they are eating.
What Can Be Mistaken For Mouse Droppings?
Mouse droppings are commonly mistaken for the following:
- Food crumbs
- Roach droppings
- Rat droppings (Usually larger than a grain of rice)
To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to see the difference between mice/rat/cockroach droppings.
To make it even more complicated, baby rat droppings can look like mice droppings!
Frequently Asked Questions
How dangerous are mouse droppings?
Droppings can be very dangerous! Hantavirus can be transmitted through coming into contact or even inhaling the dust from the droppings. For this reason, it is very important to find droppings and clean them up, just in case.
Can you get sick from mice droppings?
Yes, you can. If you have come into contact with any rodent droppings, keep an eye on common symptoms of Hantavirus.
How can you tell if mouse droppings are fresh?
When droppings are fresh, they are generally darker in color and are slightly moist to touch.
If you are cleaning up the droppings as you find them, then you will know if you stumble upon fresh droppings.
As a side note – always make sure to note down when and where you find them. You can use this info to keep track of any new sightings.
If you have found mouse droppings but you cannot see any mice, you may have caught an infestation at the right time, but you may not.
It is important that you follow up on the sighting to ensure that your home does not become infested with mice!
If you do not do something about it, you could end up with a mice infestation. They will be all over your house chewing electrical wires, building nests, and urinating all over your sentimental items in the attic!
Now that you have seen droppings, you should be in a state of readiness for any other signs. It is a challenge to get rid of mice when there are more than one… so hit the problem early!
They are not just annoying, mice are also dangerous. I mentioned above that they can chew through electrical cables to cause a fire. They are well known for spreading disease, and they are generally dirty.
Ultimately, if you have found mice poop, then it should raise alarm bells. Check around your home for more evidence of mice activity.
Get up in your attic and look for signs of mice.
Good luck – and I hope for your sake that you have caught it just in time. Oh, and while you are dealing with rodent poop, keep yourself safe!