Elite Pest Control
Mouse exterminator in Montreal and throughout Quebec
For more than 10 years, Elite Pest Control has been providing pest control services in Montreal and across Quebec. Through extensive experience, we have deepened our knowledge of rodents and perfected our mouse extermination techniques.
Our certified mouse exterminators will assess the type and size of infestation you are facing and implement an effective strategy to get rid of your pests for good.
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Although they look cute, mice are still wild animals and they should be exterminated if they affect your quality of life. First, you will need identify them correctly.
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.
- 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 or 3 years at most.
- Food: Mice are granivorous and omnivorous. They can eat both plant and animal foods including uncultivated seeds, vegetables, fruits, grains and even organic waste.
- Habitat: Mice can live in various habitats including fields, woods and buildings. To protect themselves from predators, to feed and reproduce, mice often seek out enclosed, warm and humid places. This is why it is common to find mice in your attic.
Mouse species living in Quebec
- Grey mouse (house mouse): This is the most common species found in Canada. Grey mice are found in many cities in Quebec including Montreal, Trois-Rivières, Laval, Repentigny
- Deer mouse: These mice are often found in the countryside and are particularly fond of cultivated or wooded areas.
- Other species of mice: In Canada, other mice that roam the territory in smaller numbers include field mice, sitka mice and white-footed mice.
Mouse habits and health risks
- Sociability: This intruder is a social rodent. If you only find a single 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. Mice give birth to between 5 and 12 mice, four to eight times a 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.
An infestation never happens by chance. These small rodents often settle in your home to enjoy its comfort, usually in a warm and humid place that is relatively quiet. Because they are fearful and considered territorial, they will generally stay in a limited area and settle close to the pantry.
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 by a mouse exterminator.
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 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 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 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 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?
Noticing that you have mice in your home can allow you to deal with an infestation quickly and limit the associated risks.
The mouse exterminators at Elite Pest Control recommend paying attention to the following signs (these signs can be noted at any time, but mice are most active at night):
- Scratching in walls, attic or seldom used cupboards
- Abnormal vibrations in your pipes
- Noises behind your stove, refrigerator, cold room or food storage
- Black, 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 walls and under the kitchen sink
- A suspicious smell indoors, similar to ammonia from urine
If you notice any of these signs or suspect an infestation, our team of mouse exterminators is here to help! As members of the Pest Management Association of Canada and the National Pest Management Association, our technicians can intervene in Montreal, in the Greater Montreal area as well as in the entire 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.
Mice are very agile and will try to get into your home by any 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 important in limiting 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 also take the time to check the plumbing (pipes and ducts) that may provide an entrance for small rodents.
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. When you contact 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.
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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.