Protecting your home against mice can be challenging. They are one of the hardest wildlife issues to overcome. At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we have found that conventional mice removal techniques (poison and traps) are not effective as long-term solutions. Instead, we focus on mouse-proofing homes. One of our most effective solutions for mice removal is the one-way door.
How One-Way Doors Work
One-way doors are simple mechanisms that do pretty much exactly what the name implies: they open in one direction but not the other. This lets a mouse get out of your house but not in. This is a humane way to get rid of mice that skips the mess of traps and poison. Additionally, this strategy focuses on identifying where mice are getting in and protecting those openings rather than simply trying to kill the mice.
The Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control team members are experts at “urban rodentology.” We know how to find the “highways” that mice use so that we can find the entryways they are getting through. These are a few of the signs of a passageway that mice have been using:
- Mouse droppings
- Fur and staining caused by the oils in the mice’s fur
- Chewing on plastics, wires, wood and parts of your house
Mice are very skilled at finding ways into homes. They get in through all sorts of cracks and crevices around doors, windows and HVAC vents. These can include weep holes in the exterior, gaps around utility lines, roof vents and more. If there is a hole in the exterior of your home, even one you would never notice without a careful inspection, chances are that a mouse can get in through it.
We take a multi-faceted approach that may include multiple techniques including using repellents and sealing holes. However, the crown jewel of our approach is the one-way door.
Why We Take a Humane Approach
Corey Lewis, Director of Technical Operations explains that 20 years ago, Skedaddle began experimenting with comprehensive, permanent, “mouse-proofing” of homes and businesses. The goal was to stop new rodents from entering the building, therefore eliminating the need for poisons and traps inside the home. We recognized that not only are traps and poisons needlessly cruel, they are also not that effective. They can kill the animal, but they don’t stop them from coming back. Of course, one of the challenges with mouse-proofing is the need for a thorough mice removal first. That is where the one-way doors come in. They give us a way to keep mice out without trapping them in.
The benefits are undeniable. Within a couple of weeks, homeowners should start to see a noticeable and permanent decline in mouse activity. In comparison, traps and poison need to be laid out almost continuously because they don’t prevent mice from getting in.
Additionally, traps and poison can cause homeowners to worry about pets and children. Furthermore, many homeowners prefer not to have to worry about cleaning up traps. Poison can also be unpleasant with mice potentially dying in hard to reach places.
Our approach is more humane, more effective and safer. In short, it is a no-brainer.
Other Elements of Our Mouse-Control Solution
Before we install one-way doors, we begin with a thorough inspection of the house. This starts at the base of the home and extends all the way up to the roof. No mouse-control method can be effective without knowing how the mice are getting in and out of the building. Mice are small and very flexible. They can get through cracks and crevices as small as a quarter of an inch. Additionally, they are skilled climbers. They can reach areas of your building that are significantly above the ground.
Once we have identified how the mice are getting inside, we install the one-way doors and look for stored food sources within the walls. The mice removal process will go much faster if they are no longer have access to their food stores. They will be more likely to leave looking for food only to be locked out of the building.
Preventing rodents from being able to access food inside your home is also important. A thorough cleaning and storing of any sources of food will help to get the mice to leave.
Mice are tenacious and very capable of finding food. They are also very good at finding new ways to gain entry to places they want to go. Fortunately, we at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control are experts at mice removal.
Get Professional, Humane Mice Removal Services
If you are struggling with a mouse infestation, don’t worry, we can help. At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we offer effective and permanent solutions for mice removal. We are so confident in our one-way door system that we offer a lifetime guarantee. Stop struggling with your mouse problem. Check for a Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control location near you or contact us to learn more.