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When mice get into our homes, it can leave us scratching our heads. We may put down traps and catch a mouse or two. We then may notice the scratching noises have gone silent, and the silverware drawer stays free of droppings. But then it happens again; we see another mouse. It is important to know how to eradicate the mice inside your home but it is also important to be sure that every mouse is gone, and how to fully exclude them. We hope the following information will assist you in creating a pest-free home.

Got a mice problem

Damage to peace of mind: The presence of mice can cause some people unnecessary fear, anxiety, and even panic. For some, a mouse appearing out of nowhere is a terrifying experience. And, if one mouse is seen, that experience can cause fear that lasts long after the sighting.

Damage to sleep: If mice are scratching, thumping, and bumping inside the wall behind the head of your bed, it can cause significant sleep loss, especially if you are a light sleeper. If this goes on long enough, it can cause other issues that go along with sleep deprivation.

Damage to items: Mice are rodents, and rodents never stop chewing because of their ever-growing incisors. Mice will chew on everything from plastic to cardboard, to special items that belonged to your great, great, grandmother you have stored away in the attic. If you value your belongings, it is not a good idea to allow mice to stay.

Damage to your wallet: If mice are allowed to chew holes into your attic (and remove insulation) this will cause more and more heat to escape right out through your roof area. This will have an impact on your bank account.

Damage because of other pests: When mice get in, they usually don't come alone. Mice can carry a whole host of other pests such as fleas, ticks, and mites, all of which come with their own set of problems.

When mice get in, it is usually a matter of a gap or a crack, either in your foundation, outer walls, or attic area. To find entry points, start by doing a detailed inspection of the outside of your home. Look closely at your foundation for cracks or gaps where a mouse could squeeze through. Wherever possible, climb underneath porches and look behind stairs, bushes, or other objects. There may be holes that have been made larger over the years by water damage and chewing pests. Be sure to look carefully in areas where pipes, wires and other objects enter your exterior walls and make sure there are no gaps there. Keep in mind that a mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime. Also, be careful to examine all of your screens on windows and doors for tears or holes, and inspect all of your door sweeps to make sure they all make a good seal.

Keeping mice out of your home starts with keeping them out of your yard. Start by removing any objects that do not need to be there. Mice and other pests need places to hide. The fewer hiding places, the better. Then, remove any areas of overgrown weeds. Vegetation provides harborage for pests. Removing any food or water sources will also be a deterrent for pests hanging around. Seal up trash cans, remove pet food, and clean up any dropped fruit or leftover veggies in your garden. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, seal up your home. Whatever gaps, cracks, or holes you found in your inspection should be professionally repaired or sealed by using a caulking gun, cement, or some other sealant.

Mouse problems are no problem for the trained and certified pest professionals here at Aiken Pest Control. Aiken has the knowledge, the tools, and the experience to completely eradicate mice from your home and help prevent future infestations. You don't have to live with mice any longer. Give us a call today to learn more about our residential pest control plans.

You may never come across signs of mice in your home, even when they are there. But when the mouse population grows, or when us humans are particularly sensitive to their presence, it becomes much easier to spot the tell-tale signs that mice have taken up residence.

Mice are nocturnal creatures so the signs of their activity will be subtle, but many SUPERPROOF customers do say they also see mice, which prompts them to take action. Here are 10 signs of mice in the home, and how they can be interpreted:

Mice set up home in cavities and cracks in walls, ceilings, floors, and roof spaces, only coming out at night to search for food. Mice are generally very quiet animals, but they can make noise a bit like scratching sounds in walls and ceilings, which can be very disconcerting for home owners. Often, these noises are not caused by mice moving, but by them burrowing or gnawing on material, such as plasterboard, wood, or, even worse, wiring. This may be to create a new route through your property, or to create a nest.

Where infestations have become particularly heavy, grease, dirt, and hair can combine with mouse urine to create what are known as urine pillars. These small mounds indicate that mice have been active in the space for some time.

Mice have glands that produce oil to keep their coats in good condition. As mice move around a property, using regular routes, this oil, combined with hair and dirt, is left as marks know as grease rubs where the rodents brush up against walls, doors and furniture. These are often found along what are known as rodent runways, regular routes taken by mice between nesting sites and food sources.

Mice urine has a strong smell, a bit like ammonia. Often, the first sign of mice infestation is when people notice this acrid smell lingering in the property. Especially first thing in the morning, before a home is aired, and human smells, like cooking, can mask the mouse odour. The stronger the smell, the worse the infestation you face.

No matter how good we are at cleaning our homes, dust and dirt still builds up in out-of-sight and hard-to-reach corners. These dusty areas can reveal tell-tale signs of mice, as they leave footprints or tail marks, as they move about.

Mice take up residence because us humans leave food where they can reach it. Often, this will be crumbs dropped on floors, and kicked under cupboards. But mice are expert foragers, so they can just as easily nibble their way into a cereal or biscuit box, or a plastic container. They will also chew through furniture and furnishings, either to gain new access points, or to gather material for nests.

Mice like to stay out of the limelight and usually come out into human space only at night, but it is possible to see them. As mouse populations grow, so do food demands. Also, mice can become bolder, if they do not feel threatened. Both these factors increase the chance that they will forage during the day.

Our customers often report seeing things out of the corner of their eye. This is often a mouse darting from cover to cover. Another sign of mice is their remains when they die. Usually, they will crawl into a hidden space to die, but you may come across a mouse body out in the open. Or you may smell a mouse decomposing in a wall or ceiling cavity, or within or under furniture.

Just as some people are allergic to cats or dogs, allergies can be triggered by the presence of mice. These are commonly triggered by mouse faeces or urine. So, if you start to feel fatigued or ill, and there is no other obvious reason, it could be a sign of mice in your home, and your allergic reaction to them.

Spotting the signs of mice is one thing. Once you have identified that you have a mouse control problem in your property, the question is: what are you going to do about it? Mice have evolved to live alongside humans. They have developed strategies to resist our attempts to dislodge them. Think about it: mice have lived in our homes for tens of thousands of years. All that time, the conventional methods for trying to get rid of them has been to poison them and trap them, and they are still with us.

That way, mice cannot access the food they need to survive. Therefore, they must move to another property, or perish. Have you got signs of mice in your home? If so, choose the most effective, long-term, humane, and guaranteed way to get rid of them. Call SUPERPROOF today on 0808 133 2330.

Having a mouse infestation once can be frustrating--a recurring mouse problem takes that stress to a new level. Just what is it about mice that allows them to come back again and again? Furthermore, why do so many DIY pest control methods do little to stop them?

Scampering and scratching sounds in the walls of your home at night, signs of gnawing or chewing, or damaged food packages can mean you have an infestation of mice or rats. Other signs include droppings and urine, burrows or holes in and around foundation walls, or tracks on dusty surfaces.

The first line of defence is to get rid of easy entry points. Mice can squeeze through cracks as small as a dime, while rats can enter through a quarter-sized hole. Even the small gaps created by worn thresholds under doors will allow mice access to your home.

There are several types of traps that can be used to control rats and mice. Snap traps and electronic traps are easy to use and very effective if well positioned and set properly. They generally kill rats and mice instantly. Live traps have trap doors that are triggered when rats or mice walk over them.

Ultrasonic devices give off sound waves or vibrations that rats and mice dislike. Rats and mice may, however, adapt to the devices and return. It is recommended that ultrasonic devices be used along with other pest control options.

If you use a pesticide to control your pest problem, read the label to make sure you are choosing the right product for the right pest. Follow all label directions and warnings carefully. Always look for a Pest Control Products (PCP) number on the label so you know the product has been approved by Health Canada. See Use pesticides safely for more information on using pesticides safely.


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