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How to ID a Mouse Nest

Mouse Nest ID
Mouse Nest ID

Mice are highly adept at figuring out how to enter homes and raid kitchen pantries and cupboards. Not all mice come in from yards or other outdoor areas, though. Some make themselves at home inside residences by building nests, especially when it’s cold out. Knowing how to identify these nests can help you determine if you need to bring in a professional NJ mouse control company.

Where to Look

Mice tend to build nests in certain areas, so focus on these when you’re trying to determine if you have unwanted guests. Mice sometimes build nests in a warm location, such as behind stoves and refrigerators. They also prefer having their nests close to food sources, making your pantry or kitchen cupboards a perfect place for them. Keep in mind, though, that mice can build nests in other areas of your home, including the attic, inside walls and in crawlspaces. These areas provide them with a safe place to stay hidden during daytime.

What to Look For

Mice make their nests from fiber-filled materials, including food packaging, cloth, pieces of string and shredded pieces of paper. A mouse nest resembles a ball made from these types of materials and typically has droppings near it.

If you find a mouse nest in your home, contact Allison Pest Control. Our NJ mouse control experts will remove it for you and make sure your home is mouse-free.

Is It a Rat or a Mouse? How to Know

Is there a mouse in the house? Or something worse!
Is there a mouse in the house? Or something worse!

It’s dusk and you see something small and dark scurrying across the floor of your garage, deck, backyard patio, or one of the rooms in your home. You don’t have an indoor or outdoor pet, it isn’t a flying squirrel, and you don’t have any critters that may have gotten loose from their pen like a guinea pig or rabbit. So, you’re asking yourself, “what is it.”

You might think it’s a baby possum or a raccoon but they’re are too big. Then it hits you, the animal is probably a rat or a mouse but you don’t know how to tell the difference, until now.

  • First, rats and mice are considered rodents.
  • Both have similar features making it difficult to determine one from the other.
  • There are many species for both rats and mice.
  • Size-wise, rats are medium in size and have tails that are thin and long.
  • Mice also have long, thin tails but they are much smaller.
  • A baby rat is larger than an adult mouse. Other distinguishing characteristics for a baby rat is it will have a wide muzzle, small ears, broad head,short, thick tail and big feet whereas an adult mouse has large ears, small feet, narrow muzzle and a triangular shaped head.

If you have scurrying critters around your yard or home and not sure if they’re rats or mice, contact Allison Pest Control and we’ll figure it out.