When walking through the City Centre of Toronto, it is not surprising to see a mouse or rat scurrying down an alleyway. With buildings so close together and food everywhere, major cities and their surrounding communities are often plagued with rodent problems.
Upon returning home, Torontonians expect to leave the rodents behind. But what they do not realize is that many modern homes contain gaps that are the perfect size for mice to enter.
For one Toronto homeowner, it was just a matter of time before the rodents in his neighbourhood discovered the gaps in his house leading to the outside. Luckily, Skedaddle was there to provide mice removal in Toronto.
A Call for Mice Removal
Harley McLeod was one of the Skedaddle technicians answering the call to help a Toronto homeowner with a mouse problem. Like most people, this client knew there were mice inside his home but had no idea how they were getting in. To him, it seemed that his locked doors and windows should have been enough to keep out any wildlife.
Harley, like all Skedaddle technicians, had received training on how to find mice entry points. He and the rest of the team scoured every centimetre of the home, including areas they could only access with a ladder. Searching above the first story is important due to the little-known climbing abilities that mice use to their advantage.
The Entry Points
It did not take long for the team to discover evidence that the homeowner needed mice control services. The first was a small gap builders had left between a window casing and the brick arch directly above it. It was only a few centimetres wide, but Harley recognized the telltale greasy marks indicating that rodents had been coming and going through it.
The team found other entry points along the house’s wiring system. In one location, they observed that whoever had installed the conduit pipes had cut a square, rather than a circle, in the surrounding wood for the round pipe to fit through. This shoddy work left plenty of room for a mouse to stick its head through and wriggle its body inside.
Finally, they found evidence of mice living inside the attic. While mice don’t eat insulation, they love to chew it up, burrow through it, and carry it off to line their nests. They will also soak it with urine, leaving a trail of droppings as they go.
The Skedaddle Method of Mouse Removal
Harley walked the homeowner through each step of the mouse removal and prevention process. He explained that the team would install one-way doors. These doors would allow mice to leave the house, but not let them return.
Once the mice had relocated to a more suitable home in the neighbourhood, Skedaddle technicians removed the one-way doors and permanently sealed the many gaps left in the home’s construction. They also sealed other potential entry points to prevent mice and other creatures from finding new ways to get inside.
With the mice gone, the team could then evaluate the extent of damage to the house’s wiring, attic timbers, and insulation. They also began the process of cleaning and disinfecting places the mice had been so that the homeowners would not have to suffer any potential health effects that mouse droppings could cause.
Humane Mice Removal in Toronto
Clients often want to know exactly how mice get into houses. The answer is that because they are so small, mice simply squeeze through any dime-sized openings they can find. Because of this fact of mouse anatomy, closing off all entry points to the house is the only way to prevent mice from coming indoors. Once they have moved in, however, the best course of action is to call the professionals to get them out.
Unlike other wildlife control companies, Skedaddle knows that poisons and traps provide only a temporary fix to a rodent infestation. That’s why we instead offer a humane alternative that works for the long term. We are so confident that our methods will end your mouse problems for good that our services come with a lifetime guarantee. Contact us by phone for mice removal today.