The beginning of fall marks the beginning of rodent season. Mice are most active in the fall as they search for food, water, and shelter that can protect them from the upcoming harsh winter weather. Homeowners report mice sightings more often during September and October than any other months of the year.
With its proximity to the Otonabee River, and plethora of forestry surrounding the area, Peterborough is an ideal spot for mice to thrive. Harsh Canadian winter weather and low temperatures can be difficult for most wildlife to survive. Mice are resilient and intelligent creatures, and have adapted to these natural conditions and developing urban environments, thriving in both cities and their surroundings.
Why Mice Are So Important
Mice exist in abundance in every urban city in North America. They also breed at an extremely high rate, producing offspring multiple times throughout the year. Mice play an important role in our ecosystem. In rural areas, rodents are prey to a number of other wildlife. In urban neighbourhoods, mice help control insect populations and feed on weeds in our gardens and lawns.
Preventative Measures To Avoid Mice Issues
Mice enter structures through cracks as small as .6 cm wide. It can be extremely difficult to spot every potential entry point around your home, but the less opportunity mice have to enter a home, the more likely they are to move on. By sealing cracks around windows and doors on a regular basis, including seals around garage doors and basement windows, homeowners can greatly reduce the risk of rodent issues arising in the future.
While the cliché image of a mouse chewing on a brick of cheese may be a product of modern media, mice are attracted to all forms of food. Their keen sense of smell will attract them to areas of your home where food is kept. Keeping pantry food sealed in proper containers, and cleaning up food waste in your kitchen on a regular basis will also deter rodents from breaking in.
How To Humanely Deal With Rodent Infestations
Decades ago, humane rodent control was non-existent. After years of testing, Skedaddle can confidently offer humane, ethical, and effective rodent removal and exclusion. Using a combination of screening, sealing, and installing one way doors to allow rodents to exit without the ability to return, Skedaddle has developed strategies that protect rodent populations while also keeping homes and businesses rodent-free.
Traps, poisons, and other inhumane methods to control rodents have been heavily relied on for decades, but these methods are both cruel and ultimately ineffective. These inhumane methods are not reliable for a number of reasons. The rate mice reproduce is quicker than the rate traps and poisons can control the existing populations. These products can also be toxic to other wildlife, children and pets that come into contact with them.
Mice play an important part in maintaining ecological balance, and should be treated with respect similar to all other wild animals. Coexisting with mice is possible by educating ourselves on their habits, and the humane & ethical ways to handle rodent related issues.