We are not the only Calgary creatures preparing for a long cold winter. Cooler temperatures signal the time for mice to start looking for a warm place to spend the frosty season. Who can blame them?
If your home is one of the chosen ones for a mouse, and perhaps his family to inhabit you will need to eliminate them from your living space. Mice infestations, or even a few critters, are troublesome and dangerous to humans. It is best to act quickly as their population can grow rapidly. The most effective and efficient extermination methods are those delivered by trained professionals. Post your job on Who To Call to find one available to help.
Eliminate Obvious Points Of Entry
- If you have not had a mouse before there is a chance he just came in through an open doorway.
- Seal around pipes, gas lines and dryer vents with metal (steel wool is a good choice) or concrete
- Check for any cracks or holes in walls, floors and foundations. Mice can squeeze through a hole as small as a pencil eraser
- Ensure all doors and windows close properly
- There are various types of traps; snap traps, glue traps, electric traps and live traps.
- Traps require proper placement and management to be effective. Understanding mouse habits and behavior will be instrumental in the success of your trapping efforts.
- There should be a minimum of 3-6 traps used at a time.
- Baits can also be used but these really do pose a heightened risk as improper placement and handling can affect people and pets.
- Use of these is best done by a professional pest control company.
- When cleaning up after the mice, be sure to wear protective gloves and use a disinfectant.
- When handling traps or bait ensure that you are well aware of any safety risks to yourself, children or pets.
Successful elimination will be obvious-no further mouse droppings will be visible in and around your home!
Prevention Is Best
- Include mouse proofing your home on the Fall To Do List
- Inspect your foundation for any cracks
- Remove leaves from in and around your doors-mice love to hide there
- Keep pet food in tightly sealed containers, especially if you store this in your garage
- Seal all windows and doors, around vents, cables and piping. As a bonus, this will reduce energy losses from your home!