Mice are one of the most common pests found inside Ottawa homes. Whether you’ve found droppings under the sink or hear scratching and scurrying in the attic, the thought of sharing your home with mice can be very stressful.
Most homeowners think the only way to get rid of mice is by using traps and poisons to kill them. While this is the preferred method use by pest control companies and many do-it-yourselfers, killing mice with traps and poisons isn’t guaranteed to solve the problem.
Most mouse infestations are more complex than they appear on the surface and understanding mouse biology and behaviour plays an important role in their effective control.
Here are a few things to consider before you decide how to control mice:
- Mice reproduce quickly. Mice breed year round and a female mouse is capable of producing up to 10 litters per year each containing 3-16 young. One of the problems with trying to trap and poison mice is that it’s nearly impossible to kill them faster than they can reproduce themselves.
- Where are they nesting? The mice activity you see inside your home is usually the tip of the iceberg compared what’s going on inside your attic and walls. Mice are successful rodents and are able to live inside houses because of their excellent ability to avoid detection. That’s why they nest, mate and breed in areas of the house that are hard to access making it impossible to get traps and poisons in the right places to kill off the infestation.
- What are they eating? Mice behaviour and activity is dictated in large part by their need for food. The reason mice are able to survive harsh Ottawa winters is because they’re able to store food they forage four in secure places that are out of plain sight. Mice that have a cache of birdseed tucked away in the attic are very difficult to entice with other baits.
Traps and poisons are far too passive and reactionary to provide effective mouse control. You might be able to reduce some of the population but ultimately the problem will persist and resurface unless you address the root cause.
Mouse Proofing Your House
The best way to get rid of mice for good is to identify how they’re coming going. Mice are able to get into walls and attics because they can fit into the tiniest cracks and crevices.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has been removing mice from Ottawa houses since 1993. We start with a comprehensive exterior and interior inspection of your home to identify how the mice are getting in and out. We then install one-way doors over those areas to lock mice out of the home when they exit for food. Click here to learn more about mouse entry points.
If you’ve been struggling with a persistent mouse issue that you just can’t seem to solve it’s time to give Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control a try. Our team of experienced technicians will be happy to walk you through our customized procedure and answer any questions you may have. Call us today – 613-231-2222!
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