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How to Mouse Proof Your House

It’s pretty rare to see a mouse climbing the side of a house in broad day light. So when our technician noticed this little guy scurry down a brick wall in Burlington he immediately pulled his phone out and began recording the action.

Ask any pest professional and they will tell you that mice are one of most difficult species to keep out of your home. These determined little rodents have an amazing ability to squeeze themselves into the tiniest of cracks and crevices on your home’s exterior. As the video clearly shows, the job of mouse-proofing a house is made even more difficult when you consider that mice are excellent climbers.

Upon discovering a mouse infestation inside your home, your first instinct might be to inspect the outside of your home to determine how the mice got inside. While there’s a good chance that the mice are getting in at ground level, it’s important to look up for signs of overhead entry. Mice are able to fit themselves into holes the size of a dime so you will need a ladder to get a close look at any possible entry points above ground. Brown staining, droppings and chew marks are the most obvious indicators of a well-used mouse entry.

Grease from a mouse entry hole

Visible grease from a mouse entry hole

Once you have figured out how the mice have gained access into your home you must then take steps to prevent their re-entry. This is where it pays to be handy. Gaps and cracks can be sealed with a variety of materials including mortar, caulking or fine gauge screen.

Of course, if you’re not comfortable working at a height or identifying mouse entry points you can always seek the help of pest control professionals. Just be sure to ask them what they plan to do to prevent mice from re-entering your house. Many exterminators rely exclusively on traps and poisons when dealing with mice and don’t even carry ladders on their service vehicles. Pest control professionals must be willing to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work required to keep mice out. Effective mouse control programs must always include a top to bottom inspection of your home’s exterior and employ mouse-proofing techniques.

You don’t have to live with a mouse infestation. Call Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control and book your property assessment today 1.888.592.0387.

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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