Mice infestations are one of the hardest wildlife problems to solve. Many people mistakenly believe that a mouse problem can be quickly solved with a few traps and some poison, but these inhumane methods never work. This approach ignores the root causes of infestation, which is the vulnerable points on a home that allow them to get inside.
The most effective way to permanently keep mice out of your home is through exclusion. This process requires more work and may take longer but it is the only effective solution. While there are many things homeowners can do to help, the experienced eye of a trained professional can save you a lot of headaches.
The most important steps to get rid of mice:
Mice are capable of squeezing into any crack or crevice larger than one 1/4-inch. For this reason, the inspection must be extremely thorough. Using a flashlight your Skedaddle wildlife technician will begin by inspecting the entire base of your home, gradually working up the walls and eventually up to the roof. Mice are excellent climbers and will very often find their way into a home through areas that are well above ground level. It is important to check the garage interior as mice will often chew or slip past garage door weather stripping to get in.
Active mouse entry areas are identifiable by a number of features:
When inspecting your home for exterior mouse entries, be on the lookout for droppings. Mice produce 50-75 droppings per day. These droppings will accumulate in areas where mice are spending time, especially near nests, food sources and along travel routes. Collections of droppings near access points to the interior of your home are an excellent indicator.
Mice have very oily fur that helps them squeeze into tight spaces. Well-used mouse entry points will be surrounded by a distinct recognizable brownish-gray staining. Mice will also leave fur behind as they push themselves through a hole.
Mice will very often chew exterior building materials to either create a brand new entry to expand an existing crack of crevice. Mice chew circular holes through thin aluminum, plastic and wood. These holes can often be identified by tiny gnaw marks that are 1/32-inch wide.Common places that mice enter homes can be hard to identify since they are small and on any point of the home. Their teeth can also create a serious fire hazard, as mice often chew on the electrical wires that run through the walls and attic spaces of a home.
Removing mice without professionals can be a dangerous task. Hantavirus disease often lives inside the urine and droppings of mice, making any close encounter with them a health and safety risk. Mice love tight, small spaces like wall cavities and crawl spaces, which allows them to spread their disease- filled feces throughout the home and in hard to reach places. Trained professionals can identify every contaminated area, while many homeowners completing a DIY removal will miss a large portion of the mess.
Even if you are one of the lucky few that successfully removes all mice and the mess they leave behind from your home, the small home they use to get inside will still be there. With the average home in North America having at least 50 entry points on a home, filling every crack and gap is extremely difficult. The best way to remove mice from a home for good is with the help of expert wildlife technicians that have years of experience. To learn more about Skedaddle’s special mouse removal process, keep reading:
To remove the mice still inside your home, Skedaddle installs one-way doors over the entry points. One-way doors allow the mice to exit your home as they normally would in search of food, only to lock them out in the process.
As part of Skedaddle’s multi-faceted approach we will then identify and seal any potential mouse entry points on your home. The mice inside your home will have stored food in the walls and attic. To speed up the removal process it is important that all food sources inside the home are properly secured. This forces the mice to exit and the home, humanely getting rid of your mice in a matter of weeks.
If you have tried exterminators, traps and harmful poisons and cannot seem to rid yourself of mice, be sure to call us today at 1-888-592-0387. We will customize a program guaranteed to humanely solve your mouse one and for all.