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.
In the summer, mice spend a lot of their time outdoors. They feed mostly on seed and grain from bird feeders, which can become difficult to come across once the snow begins falling. During the winter months, these rodents move their operations indoors to keep warm, and stay away from the elements. Homeowners will notice more scratching, chewing and scurrying in their walls and attics during the winter.
Mice reproduce year round, with a gestation period of only 21 days. With the ability to create stockpiles of food, the few mice scurrying around your home can become a full blown infestation in a mere matter of months. During winter, mice will venture outdoors when necessarily to scavenge for more food.
The most important step in controlling a rodent issue is figuring out how they are getting in. Weep vents, wall vents, or tiny cracks in the insulation are some of the most common entry areas for mice. Fortunately, mice tracks in the snow make it easy to find out where the critters are coming and going. Act quickly at the first signs of rodent activity to avoid a larger issue in the near future.
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.
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