You can’t resolve a mouse problem if you don’t know how they’re getting in. We begin with a thorough 50 point inspection of your home’s exterior and interior to identify all mouse entry points. We then remove the mice using expertly installed one-way doors that allow the mice to leave for food but prevent them from getting back in.
Mice are messy, leaving droppings and urine behind wherever they go. Skedaddle offers cleaning and sanitizing services to safely remove harmful mouse droppings and contaminated building materials to return your home to a liveable state.
The results from our initial home inspection will provide us with a full understanding of what areas of your home needs to be sealed against future mice infestations. Our wildlife technicians will use professional grade wildlife exclusion materials to prevent any possible re-entry and keep mice out.
For any community in the Durham Region, mice are the most likely pest to wreak havoc inside a home. With plenty of food sources in large cities and newly built residential areas around the Durham area, mice can thrive in the hundreds inside one single home. Their small bodies makes squeezing into the gaps and cracks found all along the outside of a home extremely easy for them. After they have found their route indoors, mice will begin to build their nests – chewing wires and building materials in the process. Not to mention all the bacteria and diseases that are created from their feces. The combined problems from mice can quickly create health hazards and costly home damage. It is important for Durham homeowners to contact Skedaddle, an industry leading team that has been removing mice since 1989, at the first sign of mouse activity in your home.
Mice can thrive just about anywhere, however much like humans, they love the convenience of food at their doorstep. This is why mice in Durham can be found in urban settings despite being surrounded by acres of forest, farmland and conservation areas. Cities like Oshawa and Ajax, offer the best of both worlds for mice – residential and commercial areas. Commercial areas supply bountiful food opportunities, and residential areas offer more places for infestations to go unnoticed. The commercial areas in Oshawa and Pickering are built between Lake Ontario and residential communities, which creates the perfect environment for mice, giving them endless access to water, food and shelter. With new litters arriving every 21 days, these thriving mice populations will continue to spread out in search of more resources.
While they may not offer the same amount of food opportunity, the rural areas of Durham are still home to severe mouse problems. Rivers, fields, forests and protected lands are scattered between Durham’s communities and create thriving ecosystems of many urban species, including mice. Looking for shelter and food, many field mice make their way into the basements, attics, crawlspaces and wall cavities of Durham homes in areas like; Uxbridge, Which Church-Stouffville and Beaverton.
Having mice inside your Durham home can quickly create a number of health and safety problems for anyone living inside. Mice are known to be unsanitary creatures, and during their stay they will leave urine and droppings in the attic, wall cavities, ventilation systems and other hard to reach areas. These droppings carry a variety of different diseases that are transferable to people and our pets, and are spread throughout the home as an infestation grows. As a part of our removal process, Skedaddle technicians remove, clean and decontaminate any traces of droppings in your home. Not only does this keep everyone safe, but it helps to remove the ammonia-like odour often created by a mouse infestation that is a headache for homeowners and can often attract other wildlife.
Mice are notorious chewers, and during their stay inside your home they will cause significant damage to electrical wires. Exposed electrical wires create a serious fire hazard and must be repaired immediately. As part of our removal services, our technicians identify all electrical wires that have been damaged, walking you through each step of the way. In 2008, mice started a fire by chewing electrical wires inside in the Durham Region Humane Society’s animal shelter in Oshawa, resulting in the deaths of many shelter animals. It is important to call professionals at the first signs of mice activity on your property.
Homes are not built to keep mice out, in fact every single home has several gaps and cracks from the roof to foundation that allow for mice to get inside each year. Weep vents between bricks, gaps where the brick meets the soffit or where the siding meets the foundation are all common mouse entry points on many Durham homes. Mice also make their way through the gaps around gas and air conditioning lines that enter the house or openings for vents. Identifying all the entry points used by mice takes time and a keenly trained eye. Our team of friendly wildlife technicians have been removing mice from homes and businesses since 1989, giving us the advantage of 30 years practice in identifying these areas and protecting them for good. The only way to prevent a future mouse problem is to first identify all the entry points and then properly seal them. Even leaving one small opening behind can result in a large infestation down.
Many Durham communities have large backyards where mice can access the home undetected. Areas like below decks or porches and behind shrubs act as hidden ways for mice to access the home. Mice communicate through their pheromones that use to mark your home as a destination for other mice in the community. This is why so many mouse problems persist year after year, even when a homeowner has tried every DIY solution. Skedaddle creates a long-term solution for every home. Every mouse removal begins with a property assessment where our trained technicians will inspect your home’s exterior as well interior space mice like to occupy, like garages and attics, to get an understanding of the extent of the infestation. Once every entry point has been identified our team will be able to seal every gap, crack and hole against future mouse entry.
Here are some facts you should know about mice in your home:
An adult mouse can fit through a hole as small as 6 millimeters or 1/5th an inch in diameter.
While you may only spot a single mouse, it’s likely that there are many more hiding in your home.
Mice reproduce at a rapid rate. An eight-week-old female can have as many as six pups at a time. They reproduce year round.
Mice infestations can lead to unsanitary conditions inside homes and can cause multiple health risks. Studies have linked mouse droppings in houses to asthma symptoms in children.
House cats usually do a lousy job of keeping mice out of houses. It’s not always their fault, they just can’t get into the walls, ceilings and attics where mice like to spend their time.
Mice tend to damage drywall, insulation, and other materials in your home. An infestation can reduce the energy efficiency of your home and increase the risk of an electrical fire.
Traps alone won’t solve your mouse problem for good. Even if you trap or remove all the mice you see, others will likely use the same entry points to get into your home in the future.
Traps, poison, and other DIY pest removal options are inhumane and can be ineffective. Poisoned rodents may die in your wall cavities or other hard-to-reach areas, leaving an unpleasant odor and increasing the risk of infection.