mouse in houseHas anyone ever said you’re ‘quiet as a mouse’? They were lying.

You may have heard that mice squeak, but you’d probably be surprised to learn that mice are actually very noisy animals. The tricky thing about mice is that they don’t stomp inside your front door, yelling “MOUSE IN THE HOUSE!” Mouse noises can be difficult to decipher, sometimes it sounds more like a poltergeist in your walls. Whether you’ve experienced a mouse in the house it not, you’ll be better off figuring out what that funny sound was, and what you need to do about it, now.

Mouse Noises

Mice aren’t so different from people, as they’re also communal creatures. They make sounds to express emotions and to communicate where another friendly mouse can find food, water and shelter. Mouse sounds often sound like squeaks. When you listen carefully to a mouse squeak though, you will hear a sort of song. Mice squeaking changes in pitch and frequency depending on what they’re trying to communicate. For example, mouse noises are louder when they find food, and faster during mating.

Rodents are also known to make scratching and scuffling sounds when moving along baseboards, drywall and floorboards in homes. This sound is caused by tiny mouse ‘fingernails’ digging into the surface to get a better grip.

Mouse Sounds at Night

Mice are nocturnal creatures, meaning they are most active at night. This also means that mice make a lot of noise while you’re trying to sleep. Perhaps the only thing worse than having a mouse in the house is losing sleep because the sound of mice squeaking is keeping you up at night.

You might hear a mouse squeak while it is searching your home for food and water. Right after sunset and just before sunrise are the most popular times for mice. Mouse sounds aren’t limited to squeaking though. You may also hear scratching sounds while they forage for food. Rodents also make noise as they scamper and scurry along baseboards and inside walls. Homes with easily accessible food, like a full dish of dog food, or a garbage bin without a lid can be especially susceptible to pest infestations.

If a Mouse is in Your House

Do mice make noise? Yes. Is that the only way to find out about a mouse problem? No. There are many signs of a rodent infestation, ranging from mouse sounds to rodent droppings to property damage. The key to getting rid of mice is early detection of the problem and preventing mice from coming in your home.

Since mice are lured in by the promise of food, water and shelter, you can make your home less attractive to mice by cleaning up and blocking entry points. Click below for more information about how to mouse proof your home.

DIY Pest Prevention for Mice & Rodents