Throughout Canada, mice are a part of everyday life. In contrast to the cute and cuddly versions of mice we have seen throughout the media, mice and the mess they leave behind are health hazards. Mouse removal is a necessity when these small rodents move themselves into your home or business.
Mice are scavengers of food debris and are artists when it comes to gaining entry into a structure. Their bodies have “expanding” rib cages allowing them to squeeze into extremely tight spaces. This makes exclusion work essential with any mouse removal program. Toodaloo Pest and Wildlife Control technicians will provide complete mouse removal and seal up the active point of entry to ensure your home or business stays rodent free.
There are multiple points of entry in any home in which mice can enter. Mice can enter your home or business through opened doors or windows, holes or cracks in walls, sink or bathtub drains or holes around plumbing or gas lines. Mice infestation usually begin in the Fall, as weather begins to change but entry into your home can happen at any time of year.
Mouse removal should be carried out at the first sign of mice inside your property. On average, a female mouse can have up to 60 babies per year. Once breeding has begun inside your home or business the mouse population increases rapidly and become increasingly difficult to remove. Once breeding has begun, you are dealing with a full-blown infestation.
The presence of mice in your property can cause great health risks to yourself, your family or customers. Mice are known to gnaw through electrical cables, creating a potential fire hazard through damaged wiring. Physical damage aside, mice are known to carry various diseases and bacteria throughout your home or business. The most serious of these are Salmonella, Lyme disease, Hantavirus and even LCM (Lymphocytic Choriomegitis).
Home or business owners should contact a professional before beginning the process of mouse removal, as there are potential dangers involved with “at-home solutions”. Snap traps, glue traps and poisons contain materials that, when in contact, are unsafe for humans or household pets. In addition to dealing with hazardous materials such as poisons, homeowners are also left to deal with the disposal of the exterminated animals which are full of bacteria and potential disease.
There are several common types of mice throughout North American, below is a guide to identifying which type of rodent you may be dealing with:
Mouse Removal : Identification
The house mouse is the most common rodent in Canada. These pests have an average size of approximately 2 inches with light brown to black coloured fur. They are distinguishable by their long, pointed snout, small, rounded ears and a long naked or nearly hairless tail.
Deer mice vary in size, from 3 to 4 inches long, with large eyes and ears. Fur colours vary from white to black but all of these rodents are distinguishable by their white bellies and feet. Deer mice are known to carry Hantavirus.
Mice ordinarily nest very closely to their food source, usually within a 10 foot span. This posses an urgent need for mouse removal, as their prime targets for locating a food source fall within kitchens or pantries – the same places we keep our food! This leaves behind traces of mouse-related bacteria in places which humans are most susceptible to viral infections.
Control methods used by Toodaloo Pest and Wildlife Control vary from situation to situation. Sanitation plays a key role in a mouse program as we want to eliminate all other sources of food for the mouse allowing our attractants to be the primary. Reducing clutter, sealing holes and exclusion work also play a key role in elimination.
If you think you may have any type of mouse activity, call Toodaloo Pest and Wildlife Control at 1-844-TOODALOO today!