Protecting Your Home From Mice Invasion The Right Way!
The pitter-patter of tiny feet in the walls, ceiling, and attics can be an unwelcome sound in many households. That’s especially true if the feet attached to the sound belong to the most dreaded guests – rodents! Mice are a common household pest worldwide, but they seem to have proliferated throughout; Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton Ontario Canada due to climate change.
The presence of these pesky creatures can result in significant damage to crops, furniture, electric cables, books, and even clothes. And while they can seriously destroy the structural integrity of your home, the health risks posed by these destructive creatures are even far more dangerous than previously thought. Mice are known to be carriers and vectors of more than 30 different diseases, some of which can lead to severe symptoms and, in the worst-case scenario, death.
At a time when demand for mice control services is soaring in Canada, the best thing to do is avoid an infestation as much as possible. Here are the most effective ways to protect your home from them, according to professional pest managers.
Mice Love Cozy Indoors
While you’re happily enjoying the cozy indoor environment of your home, busy making themselves comfortable in the warmest corners. These nocturnal pests are in a constant search for food and shelter. They are warm-blooded, meaning they relentlessly look for a warm place to build their nests, especially during winter when the weather gets cold.
When they sneak into your home, they prefer to take shelter in areas that are in close proximity to a source of food. You’ll commonly find them hiding in basements, attics, crawlspaces, air ducts, and walls. These pests are skilled at hiding, and the high chances are that you might never see a mouse scurrying in your home.
Even so, they are prolific breeders. A female mouse can birth new litters every 19-21 days, and the mouse pups will reach sexual maturity in only 6-8 weeks! This means that if ignored, a single pair can turn into thousands within one year!
Mice invasion can leave obvious signs of their presence in your home. These signs include droppings, scratch marks on food packaging, scratching noises at night, and disturbed insulation. However, other rodent species can also leave the same telltale signs behind, so it’s best to have a trained pest expert survey your home.
4 Easy and Effective Ways to Rodent-Proof Your Home
Given the rate at which reproduce, an infestation can be a serious headache for any homeowner to handle using DIY methods. Hence, prevention is key when it comes to dealing with mice problems. Rodent-proofing your home makes it less attractive to pests, ensuring that you never have to deal with mice infestations.
Here are effective ways to rodent-proof your home and keep mice away:
Seal All Possible Exterior Entry Points
Mice are clever and agile little creatures. They have excellent sense of smell and hearing, which enables them to detect food in your house. That, coupled with the ability to flex their ribs when squeezing through unbelievably tiny holes, makes them a particularly difficult pest to deal with. But the good news is that you can outsmart these invaders easily.
All you need is a flashlight, a caulking gun, and steel wool. Thoroughly inspect the exterior of your home, including the balcony and foundation. Keep in mind that mice are skilled climbers, so you might also want to inspect your roof line. Take note of any holes, open vents, cracks, and other possible mice entry points. Seal the gaps with steel wool and put caulk around the steel wool to keep it intact.
Scan the interior of your home in the same way while making sure to pull out larger furniture and appliances from the walls. Pay keen attention to the places where wiring or pipes enter via the drywall and seal any gaps.
Eliminate Possible Food Sources
Mice are omnivores and eat anything they can get their paws on. These include plants, meat, fruits, rice, cereal, and corn. They can be drawn to leftovers and the garbage in your trash can. As such, you should clean up messes as soon as they occur and store foods in seal-able containers.
That said, it’s important to note that mice have extraordinarily strong and durable teeth. In fact, they can easily chew through most materials, including concrete, steel, wood, rubber, soft vinyl, and light plastic. Hence, you should keep foods sealed in either thick plastic or glass containers. Not only will mice be unable to cut through these materials, but they also can’t smell your food.
Get Rid of Clutter
Mice are natural scavengers who explore new areas in search of a possible food source. Although they can also infest a clean home, clutter and trash make your home even more vulnerable to mice invasions. In fact, a cluttered home is the biggest “food and shelter available” notice for them.
You can make your home less attractive to the pests by d-cluttering it. Clean and organize all the rooms in the use to eliminate possible hiding spots. Cut back tree branches, trim bushes, remove debris, and put stacked items a safe distance from your home. This discourages rodents by ensuring they don’t have easy access to your foundation walls or roof line.
Maintain Your Home
Rodent-proofing your home is the MOST and ONLY effective way. And so long as you don’t do anything that makes your home a target for these creatures, you can rest assured that you won’t be dealing with an infestation anytime soon. Also, regularly check the interior and exterior of the home for signs of threats and make necessary repairs as soon as possible.
What If Mice Have Already Invaded?
Not to worry at all. Although mice can be difficult to exterminate using DIY methods, pest professionals can eradicate the menace effectively. Our experts at Maximum Pest Control Services are accredited and licensed to control rodents throughout; Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Milton and Mississauga ON. They have also earned local positive reviews for highly effective, reliable, and safe pest control services for many years and still.
Once you contact us, trained pest control local exterminator will be assigned to inspect your home and determine the root cause of the recent problem. The certified exterminator will then customize an effective and safe pest management program solution to eliminate pests and protect your home from future threats caused by rodents already. Contact Maximum or Call Us (905) 582-5502.