Robert Frost wrote, “Good fences make good neighbours,” meaning that you are most likely to get along well with your neighbours if you set clear boundaries for them and respect the boundaries that they have set. Nevertheless, if your neighbour is doing something that harms you or your property, and has the potential to affect the entire neighbourhood, you have a responsibility to address the problem in some way. For example, if your neighbour’s home is infested with rodents, you should contact a mice removal service yourself and encourage your neighbour to do the same.
How Do You Approach the Problem of a Neighbour’s Mouse Infestation?
One of the first things you should do is to talk to your neighbour about the problem. This can be delicate because you do not want to offend your neighbour as this makes it less likely that he or she will take the necessary steps to address the problem. Avoid accusatory language by using I-statements, e.g., “I have noticed an increased number of pests in the neighbourhood and wondered where they are coming from.”
Using I-statements doesn’t mean that you make the issue all about yourself. Instead, frame your comments in a way that expresses concern about the infestation on your neighbour’s property, e.g., “I’m worried that you could get sick or suffer property damage from the mouse infestation on your property.” Above all, stay calm, be polite, and if your neighbour doesn’t respond to your suggestion that they should seek out professional wildlife control services in Coquitlam, don’t press the issue with him or her any further.
If you have a neighbourhood association, contact them to express your concerns. The association wants to know about a problem with the potential to have a negative impact on the whole neighbourhood and has the authority to compel your neighbour to do something about the problem.
If you do not have a neighbourhood association and your neighbour remains uncooperative, the best thing you can do is to call for professional mice removal yourself to protect your own property.
Why Is Professional Mice Removal Superior to Do-It-Yourself Methods?
You may think that you already know how to get rid of mice and can handle the problem yourself. However, DIY mouse removal may seem to be effective but only works in the short term. Eventually, the infestation might come back stronger than ever before, and DIY solutions may no longer be effective at all.
Furthermore, professional wildlife control services in Coquitlam go much further than merely removing the animals. The services include sealing entry points so that neither the mice nor other animals can get into your home and decontaminating the areas where the animals have been living. This is especially important with a mice infestation because they can spread diseases such as hantavirus through their excrement and the very act of cleaning up may expose you to pathogens if you do not take the necessary precautions.
Why Is It Important To Act Quickly?
Mice reproduce very quickly. Their gestation period is 21 days, and once a mouse has given birth, she is able to breed again almost immediately thereafter. Not only that, but the mice offspring become sexually mature when they are as little as one month old, meaning that second-generation female mice can soon start producing mouse babies of their own every 21 days. You can see how the infestation, if left unchecked, can start growing exponentially in very little time.
There is little you can do to force a neighbour to take care of his or her property, but you can take responsibility for your own. Call Skedaddle at the first sign of mice on your property to have the mice humanely removed and protect your property from future infestations.