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Elite Pest Control

Your mouse exterminator in Montreal and throughout Quebec

For more than 10 years, Elite Pest Control has been offering its pest control services in Montreal and all across Quebec. Thanks to our many years of experience, we developed our knowledge of rodents and perfected our mouse extermination techniques.

Our certified exterminators will implement the most effective strategy to get rid of your pests on a long-term basis, taking into account the nature or size of the infestation you are facing.

If you think you have a mouse infestation, call our professional exterminators right now. Our team is available 24/7!

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Mouse description

While children’s tales present it as a friendly, human-like creature, the mouse is still a wild animal.

Characteristics and signs of mice

  • Characteristics: Mice can be identified by their brown or gray coat with white belly and legs. Their body and tail can be up to 10 cm long each and they weigh between 20 and 50 grams. You can also identify them by their big ears, which are well developed in proportion to their body size.
  • Signs of mice: Urine and droppings, unpleasant odours, food eaten out of cupboards, gnawed electrical wires, black marks along walls, etc.

Mouse information

  • Family: The mouse, Mus musculus in Latin, is part of the muridae family, which also includes rats, voles and field mice.
  • Life expectancy: Mice can live up to 2 to 3 years at most.
  • Food: Mice are granivorous and omnivorous. They can feed on both plant and animal foods such as uncultivated seeds, vegetables, fruits, cereals and even organic waste.
  • Habitat: Mice have various habitats including fields, woodlands and houses. To protect themselves from various predators as well as feed and reproduce, mice often seek an enclosed, warm and humid space with a pantry nearby.

Mouse species living in Quebec

  • Grey mouse (house mouse): This is the most common species found in Canada. It is found in many cities in Quebec and Ontario.
  • Deer mouse: More often found in the countryside and particularly fond of cultivated or wooded areas.
  • Other species of mice: In Canada, other mice roam the territory, but in smaller numbers, such as field mice, sitka mice or white-footed mice.

The mouse and its way of life

  • Sociability: This intruder is a social rodent. If you only find one mouse in your house, it is either a stray… or you still haven’t discovered its nest.
  • Gestation: The mouse reproduction rate is quite high as it gives birth to about 5 to 12 mice four to eight times per year.
  • Health risks: Mice carry pathogens and diseases, including hantavirus, meningitis, tapeworm and Lyme disease.

Why you should act fast if you have a mouse infestation

For some people, the presence of mice is not a big deal. For others, the mere sight of this small animal can cause phobias and cold sweats.

No matter which side you are on, having this pest around or inside your home is a serious nuisance. Infestation should never be taken lightly because of the diseases they spread to humans and the damage they can cause.

Damage caused by mice

Whether entering your home, building their nests or filing and sharpening their teeth, mice can cause a lot of damage to your property.

Damage from nibbling

Mice have 4 incisors (2 at the top and 2 at the bottom) which, unlike humans, grow permanently thanks to their living pulp. This characteristic is what makes rodents nibble everything they find: electric cables, furniture, insulation materials, etc.

In some cases, this damage is only material. In others, such as electrical cables, this damage can cause short circuits or worse, fires.

Damage from nesting

An infestation never happens by chance. These small rodents often settle in your home to enjoy its comfort, often in a warm and humid place that is relatively quiet. Because they are fearful and considered territorial, they often stay in a limited area and settle close to the pantry.

Once the location has been found, the mice attack any soft materials they can find. Clumps of rags, paper and especially insulation materials are gnawed and taken to the desired location. If the infestation is left unchecked, the damage can be severe, especially to your home.

Damage to the pantry

Not all mouse damage is material. They also need to eat and will attack your food supply without hesitation.

Their appetite and curiosity lead them to eat many foods every day. This can be a real problem for you since all food that comes into contact with the mouse must be discarded to avoid the risk of contamination. The longer the infestation lasts, the greater the risk of contamination. This is why an infestation needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.

Mice can carry diseases

These pests can carry diseases and there are many dangers of contamination. Whether by being bitten, eating food or drinking water contaminated by their droppings, urine and hair, or by the indirect contamination of pets and blood-sucking insects, the risks are high.

Hantavirus

Hantavirus is spread by contact with the saliva, urine or feces of mice, as well as by inhalation of contaminated spores in the air. Fever, chills, headaches and muscle aches are some of the resulting symptoms of this virus. It also causes serious lung problems called Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira. Also known as Weil’s disease, it is transmitted through contact with water, soil or food infected with the urine of wild or domestic animals.

Salmonellosis

Salmonellosis is one of the leading known causes of foodborne infections in Canada. It is caused by a bacterial infection (called Salmonella) that is transmitted by eating food contaminated by mice during their foraging.

Other diseases

Other diseases such as the plague can be transmitted by these pests. Exposure to this type of rodent can also trigger allergies or asthma in some people.

In addition to diseases, mice are wild animals that can transmit parasites (endoparasites and ectoparasites). Our immune system is not the same as theirs and these parasites sometimes pose a higher risk to our health.

How do you know if you have mice in your home?

Detecting mice in the house can help you quickly deal with the infestation and limit the risk.

The mouse exterminators at Elite Pest Control recommend paying attention to the following signs (these signs can be seen at all times, but mice are most active at night):

  • Scratches in the walls, attic or seldom used cupboards
  • Abnormal vibrations in your pipes
  • Noises behind your stove, refrigerator, cold room or food storage
  • Black and greasy marks along the walls
  • Gnawed and chewed objects, such as power cables
  • Nibbled food packaging
  • Traces of excrement (similar to black grains of rice) along the walls and under the kitchen sink
  • A suspicious smell in the house such as ammonia from urine

If you notice any of these signs or suspect an infestation, our team of mouse exterminators is here to help you! As members of the Canadian Pest Management Association and the National Pest Management Association, our exterminators can intervene in Montreal, in the Greater Montreal area and throughout the province of Quebec.

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How to get rid of mice

As you can see, having mice in and around your home is strongly discouraged. This rodent brings its share of problems, from health risks to property damage.

Early detection is important if you want to be able to take the first steps to get rid of mice. Be careful, not all prevention or control methods are the same and some can be dangerous if they are misused. As pest control professionals, we recommend taking every precaution when using traps or poisoned bait.

If the first measures used are not effective or you want to take advantage of the experience of our exterminators, we can help you permanently exterminate the mice. We have mastered all eco-friendly tracking, trapping and extermination techniques to help you put an end to an infestation, no matter how small or large.

Preventive measures

Mice are very agile and will try to get into your home by all means if they feel it is a good place for them to thrive. Thanks to their malleable skeleton, they can easily squeeze through holes as small as a dime. If a pencil can get through an opening in your home, you can be sure that this pest can too.

Preventive pest control measures are therefore important to limit the risk of infestation. Regularly inspect the exterior of your building for defects (siding, doors, ventilation openings, roof cornice, surrounding vegetation giving access to the attic, etc.), and seal them with insulating and caulking products. The visible parts of your home aren’t the only ones that need to be checked. You should take the time to check the plumbing (pipes and ducts) that may provide an entrance for small rodents.

While myths claim that mouse infestations are due to a lack of cleanliness, the reality is quite different. Nevertheless, you should avoid attracting these rodents with food that is left out in the open or not properly sealed. Also avoid visible garbage cans or food scraps that may attract pests. Keep your attic, cellar or storage room tidy to prevent these small rodents from using it to hide or build their nests.

Use bait, mouse traps or other extermination products

Whether it’s a mouse trap, ultrasonic repellent or bait station, it’s easy to find commercially available products to exterminate mice. However, this equipment needs to be properly used to be effective and, above all, safe for your family or pets.

The ideal way to place mechanical traps is perpendicular to the walls (close to them), with the trigger valve facing the baseboard. At first, we recommend placing them without activating them so that the mice get used to the devices and become less fearful of them.

After two or three days, you need to place the bait. Cheese, right? Think again! Hazelnut spread, peanut butter or chocolate are some of the baits rodents love most (which you will need to replace every two or three days if necessary). Beware of children or pets that might be tempted.

Poison bait boxes can be used instead of mechanical traps, which, like the traps, keep the animal’s body for easier disposal.

Raticides (poisons) can also be used, but these have certain drawbacks. The main one being that the animal ingests the poison and then vanishes. If you don’t know where the mouse is, its body can remain undiscovered for a long time and give off an unpleasant smell that will attract other pests. The second is of course the risk of your pets or family members (such as children) touching or ingesting rat poison.

Whether you are dealing with a minor or major infestation, these devices can be ineffective. With our mouse exterminators, you can count on experienced professionals with specialized pest control equipment (infrared camera, bait traps, etc.). We are also trained and certified to use pesticides and have the required knowledge to use these products safely.

Decontaminate after getting rid of mice

After a mouse infestation, we often recommend our clients decontaminate the affected areas. Damage to insulation, leftover droppings and urine and contaminated food are some of the reasons decontamination is so important.

At Elite Pest Control, we offer pest decontamination services to guarantee the health of your home, even after an infestation.

We are licensed by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) to perform caulking services and decontaminate the premises to protect you from health risks caused by mice.

A team of exterminators at your service in Montreal and throughout Quebec

Whether you need help from our exterminators to deal with a mouse infestation or want to know more about the price and services offered, please contact Elite Pest Control.

We will gladly answer all your questions and offer you the best extermination solution for your problem.