How Do Mice Get into Homes
Discovering a mouse infestation inside your home can be a stressful experience for homeowners. Nobody wants to wake up in the middle of the night to the sounds of mice chewing and scurrying in the attic, or worse yet, the discovery of droppings in your kitchen drawers or cupboards. Unsanitary conditions and property damage are the main concerns when it comes to mouse infestation. Fortunately, Skedaddle offers professional mouse removal and prevention services that are long-lasting and safe for your family and pets.
Mice are one of the most common household pests and are found in both new and older homes alike. Their small size allows them to squeeze into the tiny openings found on the exterior and once inside their activity is mostly confined to the unoccupied areas such as inside attics and garages or behind walls and cupboards. Their relatively quiet existence and their ability to keep themselves tucked away allows mouse infestations to go on for years without detection.
The common way for homeowners to identify they have mice are:
- Hearing scratching, chewing and scurrying from behinds walls and attics (usually at night)
- Droppings found below sinks, stoves or in drawers and cupboards
- Hidden droppings found during renovations or remodelling
- Chewed dry food packaging
- The sight of a mouse in the living space of the home
How We Assess & Remove A Mouse Problem
The most common tools available to homeowners do little to resolve the problem long-term. Mouse traps and poisons, if used properly, can temporarily reduce your home’s population but don’t address the root causes. Traps and poisons alone do nothing to prevent future infestation. The current mice will only be replaced by another generation of mice looking for warmth and shelter and the problem is certain to reoccur. In order to permanently keep mice out you must identify and block their exterior pathways into the house.
Skedaddle’s first step to resolving a mouse issue is a thorough assessment of your home’s interior and exterior. Mice only need a gap the size of a ¼ inch to squeeze their way into a house so experience, patience and an eye for detail are critical. When you hire Skedaddle you get the benefit of our 30 years of experience and the knowledge of where to look and what to look for when it comes to identifying mouse activity.
Below are just some of the things our technicians will be looking out for to determine how mice are entering your home:
Here are some of the things we’ll be evaluating as part of our initial visit:
- Gaps and openings in building materials
- Signs of chewing
- Staining left behind by mice when they squeeze into an opening
- Mouse droppings
- Trails and tunnels
- Nesting materials
- Food storage
Mice are excellent climbers so our inspections include both the ground level and areas along the roof line.
Our Humane Mouse Removal Process
Once we’ve identified how and where the mice are entering, the next step is removing them for good. Mice need to come and go from the house to find and collect food. Our technicians will install one-way doors over top of their openings, allowing mice to exit but preventing their re-entry. To help encourage mice to leave, and speed up the process, homeowners should ensure that all food sources inside the home are properly secured.
Once the one-way doors are installed and any other re-entry points sealed, your home is now mouse-proof and their activity inside will be eliminated in under eight weeks. We back all of our workmanship and materials with a lifetime warranty so contact us to today schedule a property assessment today.