The media has generally been kind to mice. They’re furry, they’re cute, they have friends named Donald and Goofy. However, make no mistake – rodents ruin your property, they also carry diseases that can harm you and your family.
House mice are one of the most troublesome pests, they’re cunning and sneaky and can find a million ways to infiltrate your home. At Poulin’s Pest Control we take no issue with mice out there in the wild, but we don’t like it when they come into our client’s homes. Getting rid of mice in your house is not always an easy job, it’s important to apply these methods sooner rather than later, because mice tend to breed fast and before you know it, they will have taken over your home.
Clear away left overs and food waste materials. Mice find it welcoming when they have a constant supply of food. If food becomes hard or impossible to access, mice will find your home unappealing.
Remove anything edible from garden sheds and garages. If you leave grass seed in your garden shed, they will find it. They’ll also seek out dog food or bird seeds and they’ll relocate the food into their nests, this can even create insect problems later on. Eliminate any water sources that may also prove attractive.
Always keep doors and windows closed. Mice are nocturnal; they tend to become more active at night, which is when they come out to feed most times. This doesn’t mean they cannot or would not enter your home during the day and an open door is easy access into your house. Keep in mind that mice are excellent climbers, so don’t go thinking your windows are high enough for a mouse not to reach. If your windows are going to be kept open, make sure the screens do not have any rips or tears.
Block mice out. The most successful way to prevent mice is eliminating any openings that they may enter through. The first step to mouse proofing your home is to locate and seal any openings the size of a dime or larger. Using wool and caulk, or Poulin’s Excluder, patch every opening outside the house, attic, and garage. Be sure to use metal patching for the hole. Wood, plastic, and other materials can be chewed through which will only slow the mice down before they enter your home. Keep the surface smooth after patching to prevent determined mice from grabbing a corner and pulling the patch off.
Eliminate any mice that do get in – promptly. Once house mice take up residence indoors, virtually any techniques used to control house mice are effective, including snap-traps, glueboards, and rodenticides. Their inquisitive nature makes them easy to trap. Often times, a rodent infestation is underestimated, ensure to use a sufficient number of devices for the job.
Mice can be difficult to eradicate and often require a professional to eliminate a rodent problem. Poulins Pest Control has what it takes to help you get rid of your pest problems. Our pest management professionals have the best training in the business and we’re here to solve your pest problems. Check us out online at poulins.ca to find a location nearest you.