We asked an expert if seeing a single mouse means you have an infestation

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Mice can fit through an opening the width of a pencil, so it seems challenging to keep them out. This is why you need to understand the signs of a mouse infestation. In his exclusive interview with House Digest, Williams said, “Unfortunately, you might hear a mouse infestation before you see signs. Rodents like to gnaw on hard surfaces because their front teeth never stop growing, so the sound of that gnawing can echo in your walls. Homeowners might also notice droppings, which would be about half the size of a grain of rice, often with tapered ends.” 

Another sign of a mouse infestation is nesting material inside your home. This includes paper, scraps of fabric, and cardboard. You might even find that mice chew your insulation and drywall, ruining it. Since mice carry typhus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, hantavirus, and plague, it’s wise to consult professionals at the first sign of an infestation. Williams states that mice are among the dirtiest pests to infest a house due to the bacteria and diseases they transmit through their urine and feces. They also carry ticks, mites, and fleas. So, if you think you have an infestation after seeing a single mouse, it’s best to have professionals check.

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