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How To Get Rid of Mice

Mice are interested in your home. A home offers the basics; food, water and shelter, and since mice are not picky eaters and they tend to chew, mice can also cause a host of problems. Some of the problems mice can cause include damaging walls, chewing wiring and furniture, and they can also carry serious diseases – so it’s important to get rid of mice as soon as possible to eliminate the risks mice pose.

Rid Your Property of Mice With Rentokil Steritech

At Rentokil Steritech Pest Control we are experts in getting rid of mice and helping you to prevent further mice infestations.

We offer you a convenient mice service with:

  • Fast and effective home service to get rid of mice, when it's convenient for you. We work around your schedule.

  • Peace of mind - we’ll make as many visits as needed to ensure the mouse problem is completely resolved and you are satisfied.

  • Safe pest control techniques using the latest equipment and safest methods – you don’t need to worry about the safety of children or pets.

  • Expert advice - to help you prevent future mice infestations.

Call Rentokil Steritech Pest Control at 1-877-690-2115 for more advice on how to get rid of mice or to arrange a visit by a Rentokil Steritech pest control technician.

You may agree that prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to pests like mice in the home. Rentokil Steritech has compiled a list of tips and facts to help you keep your home free of mice.

If you are currently experiencing a mouse problem and are finding that DIY products aren’t completely reliable at catching mice, then you need to call a professional - Contact Rentokil Steritech Pest Control for advice.

The Dangers of Mice in your Home or Business

Based on appearance alone, mice seem fairly harmless – and many people believe that rats are a bigger problem – but actually mice are much more common and cause a lot more damage to your home, food, furnishings and stored items.

The fact that mice breed rapidly and continuously ensures a small problem can turn into a big problem very quickly, so getting rid of mice should be a top priority if you suspect you have a mice infestation.

Dangers mice poise to your property, include:

  • Mice will contaminate food and other materials through the droppings they leave behind – causing waste and spreading bacteria that can cause food poisoning.

  • Mice can multiply quickly and will do significant damage to your home and furniture through their gnawing activities.

  • Mice are especially destructive in homes and have even been implicated in causing house fires after chewing through electrical cables.

  • Mice are unsanitary and mouse droppings have been identified as potential asthma triggers in children.

Considering the potential health risks, having to replace contaminated food, replacing clothing, books, and many other common household items, and possibly having to repair walls and furnishings, you will definitely want to get rid of mice as quickly as possible.

Signs of Mice – Do You Have a Mice Infestation?

Generally mice won’t be seen during the day as they are nocturnal – so quite often a homeowner is more likely to see the evidence they leave behind rather than the mice themselves.

The typical signs of a mouse problem are:

  • Mouse Droppings - mice leave small, dark droppings particularly along walls, in cupboards or under sinks.

  • Dirty Smudges on floors or skirting board. Mice tend to run alongside walls as they don’t have great eyesight. You might also notice small patches of urine.

  • Distinctive Smell - mice leave an ammonia-like smell that will be particularly strong in more enclosed areas such as in cupboards.

  • Damage - mice have teeth that grow continuously and will gnaw on wood, plastic, cables and other hard materials to keep their teeth shorter. They will also steal softer materials for nesting.

  • Scratching Noises - in the walls or ceilings as mice scurry around, or mice in attics. You might also hear them squeaking or gnawing.

  • Nests - mice build nests with shredded material such as newspaper and fabrics. These will tend to be in hidden places such as behind fridges. Nests will often contain young mice.

Identifying Your Mouse Guests – Types of Mice

It’s helpful to know which species of mouse has invaded your house. Your Rentokil Steritech Pest Control technician will try to establish this as part of the mouse service – call 1-877-690-2115 for help & information.

Comparison of common mouse characteristics:

  • Head and feet are proportional to the body in House mice.
  • A House mouse’s tail is as long as head and body combined, while a Field mouse has a long tail and Meadow mice have short, furry tails.
  • Back, feet, and belly are all the same color in House mice; other species have a dark coat on their backs with a white or silver underside.
  • House mice have flat upper incisors; Harvest mice have grooved upper incisors.

How to Mouse Proof Your Home – Preventing Mice

Mice like to live where there’s warmth, quiet, and a source of food.

  • 1. Don’t let mice in - The first line of defense against mice is to seal your home. Any holes that are larger than a quarter of an inch will allow mice to gain access – they can squeeze through incredibly small gaps, and will quickly chew through all sorts of materials to create larger openings. Therefore it is important to seal all openings with steel wool or caulk (not wood, plastic, or expanding foam that they can gnaw through!).

  • 2. Remove sources of food - Be careful not to attract mice with food – where possible, store food in glass or metal containers. Regularly clean under stoves, refrigerators and cupboards. Keep your trash in a strong bin with a lid. If you have pets, keep their food area tidy.

  • 3. Cleanliness is good – keeping clutter to a minimum will reduce the options for nesting sites, and while good sanitation won’t get rid of mice in itself, dirty and messy areas can attract mice.

Getting Rid of Mice Professionally

While many homeowners struggle with DIY mouse products like mouse traps and OTC poisons, the results are often less than satisfactory. Small problems can develop into large problems quickly and this is when you need to seek out the services and expert advice of a pest control professional.

Rentokil Steritech Pest Control technicians are skilled, experienced professionals – they understand the habits of each species and use that knowledge to get rid of mice in your home effectively.

Rentokil Steritech offers an expert home service to get rid of mice and other pest problems. Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets.

Call Rentokil Steritech Pest Control at 1-877-690-2115 for further advice on how to get rid of mice or to arrange a visit by a Rentokil Steritech technician.

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