Dealing with different kinds of rodents is a reality that many Quebec residents know all too well. There are millions of mice in Montreal alone! Their spread poses a real problem, especially during the winter.
Rodents invade your home to escape the cold. They seem to prefer certain areas: the kitchen, walls and attic. Attics are particularly popular among mice because humans rarely go there.
How can you get rid of these pests in your attic? Our mice exterminators have compiled these 6 simple and effective tips:
- Place traps in strategic locations
- Cut back trees and bushes
- Keep your home as clean as possible
- Seal entry points
- Decontaminate your attic
- Contact a professional extermination service
1. Place traps in strategic locations
This is probably the most important tip for getting rid of mice in your attic. Your success will depend on the type and location of your traps. You can slow down a mice infestation—or end it, if you’re lucky—by placing the right traps in the right places.
Our pest control experts have written a comprehensive guide on how to catch a mouse and which traps to use. Check it out now!
The best way to figure out where to place these traps is to follow their droppings. This will give you an idea of their movements. But make sure you take the proper safety precautions because animal droppings pose serious health risks.
Mice are cautious animals. Make sure that your traps cover a large enough area. To maximize your chance of success, put traps where mice are likely to roam, i.e. along the walls and in the corners of your attic.
Check traps regularly
Mice are agile creatures. They know how to dodge or trigger traps without being caught. You should check your traps regularly (e.g. once a day) to know whether or not your efforts have paid off.
Most importantly, regular checks will allow you to put the traps back in place if necessary. If the traps worked, you can then safely dispose of the mice.
2. Trim vegetation around your home
Mice are notorious climbers and jumpers—they can cover distances of 2 metres! The next logical step then is to cut back overgrown tree branches and bushes near your home. Otherwise, you’re just giving them easy access to your attic.
It should only take a few minutes and will also remove the hiding places of other pests. Two birds, one trim!
3. Keep your home as clean as possible
One of the best tips for keeping mice out of your home is to keep it clean. This is more a prevention tip than an extermination one, but it is still effective. Eliminate any and all food sources that may attract mice by ensuring your food is properly stored and put away.
Rodents can survive on just 3 grams of food per day. Make sure you clean up even the tiniest of crumbs and spills ASAP.
4. Seal all entry points
Inspect your home or building top-to-bottom for any open holes and gaps in the floor and roof that mice could use to enter. These could be vents, openings in the eaves, roof joints, worn door seals, missing bricks in the wall, etc. Mice can squeeze through even the tightest of spaces. Watch out for tiny openings. A quarter of an inch is all they need!
Seal these holes with a suitable, long-lasting sealant to prevent mice from entering your home. Mice can damage some kinds of caulking and get past it (e.g., foam), so make sure your caulk is rodent-resistant. If you do not have the necessary equipment or prefer to have professionals handle it, Elite Pest Control offers caulking and sealing services.
5. Decontaminate your attic after a mice infestation
The work doesn’t end there. The premises must be decontaminated after extermination. Even if the mice themselves are ancient history, their temporary stay can still cause problems if you don’t decontaminate your attic.
Prevent diseases caused by mouse feces and urine
Rodents tend to live in communities and leave a lot of urine and feces around their habitat. It is very likely that traces of their droppings are still around, which can pose serious risks for your health. Call our pest decontamination service to sanitize the area after the rodent extermination.
Decontaminate to avoid a new infestation
Decontamination is very important for preventing new infestations. Mice tend to nest in hard-to-reach places. After the extermination stage, it is not uncommon to find new nests. Decontamination is therefore essential to ensure that you eliminate all traces of their nests.
Prevent power losses and fire hazards
Mice attack insulating materials and electrical appliances to get into your home. This can result in power loss and increased risk of fire.
These 3 reasons alone show why a mouse infestation in your attic must be taken seriously. Without decontamination, an infestation is a danger to you and your family.
6. Call in a professional service to get rid of mice in your attic
Are you dealing with a mice infestation in your attic or have you spotted other pests in your home? There are ways to get rid of them! Use a professional pest extermination service to make sure they’re gone quickly and permanently.
The team of experienced professionals at Elite Pest Control can get rid of mice and other rodents in your home for good. Contact us today for more information!