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Dealing With A Mouse Infestation

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to have mice in their buildings. That’s because mice can enter a home through dime-sized holes with ease. By squeezing through the wiring or plumbing holes, these small intruders access crawl spaces and walls. Storage rooms, attics, kitchens, walls, and pantries are warm areas where mice store food and build their nests.

Once these rodents invade a home, they multiply quickly thanks to their reproductive capability. Their behavior and size make them hard to detect, so mice problems often go unnoticed for a while. This enables the mice population to grow and thrive. As a result, things can quickly get out of control and it becomes difficult to get rid of mice.

Signs Of Mice Infestation — Mouse Droppings and More

Mice avoid well-lit places and are typically active in the nighttime, which is why they are difficult to identify and locate. Sometimes the mice infestation goes unnoticed for weeks or months. You might be unaware that furry revelers host a party behind your walls or in your attic.

It is critical that the mice problem is identified and gets rid of mice in time before the situation gets out of hand. Be sure to act fast if you notice any of these telltale signs:

Scratching sound – You may hear scurrying, squeaking, and scratching sounds from your walls or ceiling. This usually occurs at night or in the evening when your home is quiet. Many people mistake these sounds for larger animals such as squirrels and raccoons.

Chewing and gnawing – Just like other rodents, a mouse continually chews and gnaws so as to wear down its incisors. Mice’s teeth are amazingly powerful given their size. They can chew through plastic, wood, and cardboard without a problem. Mice can create circular 1 ½-inch holes in food boxes to get access to food. Besides, they like to chew electrical wires as well.

Urine and droppings – Mice constantly defecate and urinate leaving their droppings all over the place. They produce from 50 to 75 droppings daily. In the event of a mice problem, you may find their feces everywhere in your house – below appliances, in cupboards, etc. If you see black, small, pellet-shaped droppings on the floor, that could be a sign of mouse infestation. House mouse urine leaves behind a foul odor, so don’t be surprised if you experience a bad smell.

Nests and tunnels – Mice shred and gather fibrous materials, such as cushions, insulation, and paper, to make their nests. They also don’t shy away from eating through clothes. Aside from that, mice drill tunnels to create nests near appliances and in the attics. House mouse tunneling is a clear sign of infestation.

Humane Mouse Traps and Mouse Control

Removing rodents from a home often requires expert handling. When it comes to humane mouse removal Burlington methods, the process to get rid of mice consists of the following steps:

Identification, assessment, and removal – Once the mice entry points are identified, it is important to assess the situation with great attention. This plays a vital role in choosing the most economical and effective removal method. The key to mouse control is to eliminate mice strategically and humanely, such as with glue traps. In most cases, this involves installing one-way doors.

Cleaning up – Any contaminated area or material that causes health risks should be cleaned up thoroughly. This includes the remains of dead mice. It is imperative to do it professionally in order to minimize health concerns.

Mouse Prevention

It is also of high importance to seal all the entry points mice love to use to prevent mice from getting into your home again in the future. Plus, these spots should be deodorized in order to neutralize hormonal scents that attract nearby mice and other animals.

The use of peppermint oil to deter mice and rats is successful. A few drops of this oil placed strategically around your house can go a long way in deterring these rodents because of its potent and minty scent. Another smell that repels mice and rats is cinnamon. Rodents are sensitive to scents, and the strong aroma of cinnamon may be overpowering.

You can use cinnamon to create a rat-repellent spray or to sprinkle it around your house. Spray your house with a solution of water and a few drops of cinnamon oil. Make sure there aren’t any open glass or metal containers, pet food containers, or other items around that could possibly draw mice in the future.

If you suspect that there’s the presence of rats or mice in your home, give us a call before your property becomes a breeding place for rodents. We offer long-term humane mice removal solutions that don’t only help get rid of mice but also prevent future infestation.

Damage and Health Concerns

Mice tend to cause significant damage when entering a house or property. These small animals can wreak havoc on apartments, offices, and other buildings. Besides structural problems, a mouse problem can result in higher energy costs. They chew through wiring when building their nests in electrical appliances, thereby causing electrical hazards.

In addition to damaging your home, deer mice and other mice carry diseases. Mice can seriously affect your well-being and health. Mice leave a lot of droppings that can carry rat-bite fever, hantavirus, mites, tapeworm, and ringworm. Other health concerns associated with mice include salmonellosis, Lyme disease, as well as allergies and asthma.

Other Services We Offer

When it comes to the humane removal and prevention of nuisance wildlife we are knowledgeable, capable, reliable and humane. We ensure encroaching species are taken care of using sanitary and humane procedures. As a professional pest control company, we understand the importance of humane animal and pest control. There is no sense in using cruel or lethal mouse traps to address a pest problem if it does not address the root causes of an animal infestation. Other pest control companies that use lethal methods to kill mice may seem like a good idea, but lethal mouse control often does not offer a permanent solution to animal infestation problems. Our specialists are experienced in addressing the root causes of animal and mouse control issues in order to get your pest problems under control in an efficient and humane way.