Fall is a popular season for wildlife to enter homes and prepare safe, warm nests for winter. A home is a perfect place for mice to dwell, offering shelter and a place to avoid predators. These industrious rodents can squeeze through dime-size holes, so your house offers plentiful areas for them to cozy up in the cold weather.
Mice are shy creatures that try to dodge interactions with humans. However, their presence is a problem when populations grow inside residences, so it’s best to prevent entry. Coquitlam Wildlife Control safely handles mice infestation issues, and we have the information you need to know about their behaviour and removal.
Where Do Mice Get In?
Houses provide an easy entry for mice. They are great climbers and will scurry up walls and across roofs to find spaces to enter or search for existing holes around the foundation. Here are popular places where they can gain access to your home:
- Roof vents
- Foundation cracks
- Weep vents in brick
- Gaps between building materials
- HVAC, pipe and utility openings
- Window and door frames
If they can’t find a suitable place to crawl through, these animals use their sharp incisors to chew their way inside. They are one of the most difficult species to control because of their cunning natures and relentless determination to get into residences. This is why it is critical to get wildlife control specialists to assist you with infestation problems.
Do You Have a Mice Infestation?
Mice leave telltale signs in your home. Their urine has a very strong smell, which is identifiable with a larger population. You may also hear squeaking, chattering and hissing as they move about inside your walls, attics or crawlspaces. They make noise as they try to find food that is abundant in your home. There are also visible signs you may notice:
- Droppings: These are seen around exteriors and places inside homes where rodents nest and travel. Mice produce 50-75 droppings each day, so their copious defecation habits cause quite a mess.
- Staining and fur: Their oily coats, which help them squeeze through tight spaces, leave brownish-grey stains at entry points, and there will likely be bits of fur left behind.
- Chewing marks: Powerful rodent teeth leave observable gnaw marks. You often find shavings and other chewed materials or wires where there are nests.
Do Mice Spread Diseases?
Canada has serious issues with rodents nesting in houses because the climate is less hospitable for outdoor living much of the year. Mice constantly urinating and defecating means they contaminate all areas they touch inside a home. This isn’t only in enclosed spaces but on countertops and floors, too.
They carry serious diseases, such as hantavirus, salmonellosis and Lyme disease. There is also the potential for severe asthma and allergies flare-ups from exposure to rodent contamination.
How Do You Remove Mice?
If homeowners notice mice or signs of their activity, they should try to identify access points and get professional assistance. Trying to seal up or plug areas with store-bought products usually doesn’t work. Mice are rarely deterred by such remedies. We never recommend poison or traps, because they are inhumane and ineffective answers to rodent troubles.
Whether it’s an infestation or just a few rodents, we find the animals and humanely remove them from your property. Our industry-leading system employs our exclusive techniques: assess and remove, clear and clean, and prevent and protect. Our humane methods use removal and exclusion to minimize stress and injury, and we do not relocate animals away from their natural environment.
Why Choose Humane Wildlife Control?
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in Coquitlam uses the most effective and humane methods to remove and exclude wildlife from your home. We specialize in eco-friendly and poison-free animal control. Contact us to learn more about our services.