Mice are rodents who can enter homes through a hole the size of a dime and quickly multiply because of their high reproductive rate. Due to their size and behaviour, a small mouse problem can go unnoticed as the population and the damage they cause continue to grow.
It’s spring again, and that means it is time to watch for signs of mice and protect your home against them. These tiny rodents are quiet and shy, so they’re hard to spot. Yet it only takes a hole the size of a dime for mice to gain access to your home. With as quickly as they reproduce, once one mouse lives with you, many more will shortly follow.
If you’ve had uninvited rodent guests this winter, you are more likely to start seeing and hearing signs of them now that it’s warmer and they are venturing outside for food more often. If you’ve spotted mouse droppings in your home, or even outside your home, this could be an indication that they are living inside. You may also be hearing scratching from behind your walls or in your ceiling as the mice will be using these areas to travel throughout the house unnoticed. Finally, one of the most unsettling signs of mice in your home, finding holes in packaged food items. Mice are experts at sniffing out meals and have no problem chewing their way through materials like cardboard or plastic wrap. Be sure to discard food immediately if you find they have been chewed by mice as there is a high risk of contamination.
Our wildlife technicians are ready to help you humanely take care of rodents. Instead of setting out poison or traps that kill only some of the pests, reach out to us so that we can remove all of the rodents and prevent more from getting in. At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, our technicians are experts at finding and sealing holes that mice use to enter your home. This spring is a good time to have your home inspected—before furry visitors have enough time to chew your wiring and pipes.
When the weather is nice, mice move around more than they do during the other seasons. Similarly to how mice sneak into our homes in the winter to keep warm, they will do the same in the summer to keep cool. Mice will move their nests into cool, dark places so they can be comfortable in the heat. Wall cavities, basements, attics provide mice with the shelter, and distance from predators they need to survive. Unfortunately for us, this means these pests are just as likely to invade in the summer as they are in the winter.
Food is more abundant for mice in the summer months as well, both in nature and around our homes as we begin cooking outdoors. Homeowners spend more time outdoors and less time inside during the summer, so it is easier for mice to scurry around your home unnoticed.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s Wildlife Technicians are trained to identify mice entry points. These rodents can easily squeeze through holes made for wiring or plumbing where they build nests, damaging your home and posing health risks. Humanely and strategically removing all mice is the most effective and economical method for removal, followed by professionally sealing the exterior from future re-entry. Poisoning and trapping can be harmful to both humans and pets. These methods also fail to provide a long-term solution and rarely keep up with mouse reproduction, even worse they leave mice to die within your walls and attic. Our poison-free technique is based on decades of research and proven results and makes Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control a leader in the industry.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s wildlife removal strategy is humane, safe and reliable. Part of our process involves clearing and cleaning any contaminated material that can cause serious health risks. Mice are dirty animals that leave many droppings and can carry hantavirus, ratbite fever, mites, ringworm and tapeworm. It’s important to have the contamination removed professionally because the health concerns they carry can hurt pets and humans alike. Your Wildlife Technician will advise cleaning and clearing tactics, like insulation repair and attic restoration, depending on the severity of contamination. This will help ensure your home is a safe and healthy place for you and your family.
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Part of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s process involves specialized tactics that will prevent future re-entry. Using a combination of screening and Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s wildlife exclusion sealant, your Wildlife Technician will seal all potential points of entry around your home. All entry points are then deodorized to mask any hormonal scents that may attract other unwanted guests. Our Wildlife Technicians specialize in ensuring that your home and family are protected as part of the Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control customer service experience.
It is very common to have mice in a building, and because they are hard to detect, mice can cause significant damage even before they are seen or come into contact with people. Given their rapid reproductive rate (a female can begin bearing a litter of six pups at eight weeks old), a mouse population can quickly get out of control.
FACT: Mites, tapeworms and ringworms are also associated with mice. They can cause rashes and infect the digestive system. Ticks are common carriers of lyme disease, which can be transmitted to humans and pets through a bite. Symptoms include fever, headache and nausea, which can last for years without early treatment.
FACT: People can contract an illness from a mouse bite or through bodily fluids of sick mice. Rash, flu-like symptoms and heart illnesses can be symptoms of ratbite fever.
FACT: A mouse can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime. Attics, walls, kitchens, pantries, storage rooms and crawl spaces are all warm places where mice like to make nests. Because they burrow, mice in walls/attic can be difficult to locate. A mouse will often use holes made for plumbing or wiring to access walls and crawl spaces.
FACT: The most effective method is to get rid of mice is to remove all the mice and completely seal the entire building from further entry.
FACT: Although mice tend to seek indoor shelter when temperatures get colder, they can continue to nest in buildings all year around and go outside to feed. Given their rapid reproductive rates, missing a couple of mice could quickly turn into a bigger problem.
FACT: Mouse damage can not only cause structural problems and higher energy costs, but may also provide an opening for another animal (raccoon, squirrel, bird, bat) to enter the attic, roof or wall. Their odours and urine may also attract other animals.