A Comprehensive Guide to Mouse Removal
Rodents can wreak havoc in any house they nest in. While homeowners try setting traps to catch these pesky invaders, not many succeed. If you see signs of activity even after setting perfect traps, it is time to get professional help.
Before jumping to the solution, let’s see how you can be sure that you are dealing with a mouse infestation.
Do You Have an Unwanted Visitor?
A common sign that there’s a mouse in the house is a distinct noise–a high pitched screech of the person living in that house. Jokes apart, the first hint will be a furry flash rush across the floor. However, there are many other indications that you are sharing your home with these intruders.
Mouse droppings, typically black or brown in color, are also obvious signs of an infestations. The thing about mice is that they defecate a lot with no respect to the thousand-dollar rug.
If the infestation goes unnoticed, you may notice a strong nasty smell or even gnaws on your doors, furniture, and eatables.
How to Get Rid of a Mice Infestation?
The simplest solution here would be to get a cat. But if you’re not a “cat person” or think it’s a very big responsibility, then we have more alternatives for you.
1. Seal off any entry points
The first step to prevent or reduce the effects of an infestation is to block the access points. A good rule of thumb while finding openings through which a mouse can easily get through is to see if a pencil fits through the gap. If yes, then a mouse can squeeze its way into your home. Seal all such entry points to keep your home rodent-free.
2. Set mouse traps with the best bait
Do your research, use different types of traps to catch these troublemakers.
Some common types of mouse traps that you can use are:
- Bait traps
- Glue traps
- Multiple capture traps
- Wooden traps
Using different traps is the best method to catch all the mice even if they void a few of the traps, there’s no way they can escape all of them.
3. Eliminate food and water sources
Keep your home clean and dry. Use a dehumidifier to suck in the excess moisture. Rodents are always on the lookout for unsanitary places where they can easily access food crumbs. This won’t help you get rid of mice forever but at least you will not attract them either. Vacuum the floors and store food in airtight containers to keep it away from the reach of mice.
Downsides of Using Poison to Kill Rodents
You’re probably wondering why the list does not mention using poison to get rid of these rodents. We did not forget it but there are quite a few reasons why it is not recommended to use poison to kill mice, they are listed below:
- If a mouse ingests the poison, it does not die then and there. There is a chance it crawls into an inaccessible space and dies there. This will leave your house exposed to a foul string smell.
- If you own a pet or any of your neighbors does, using poison can be fatal for the pets if accidentally ingested.
- Once the mice in your home start producing more, they will be much more difficult to deal with. On the other hand, you can also try poisoning the mice. Poison can help you get rid of a large number of mice at once but it will also leave your walls with a ton of dead mice that will eventually decompose.
Mouse removal in Greater Ontario can be difficult. Why not leave the job to experts? At BBPP, we can help you make your home pest-free, and even offer a guarantee of 90 days.