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At Elite Pest Control, we know that having mice in the house is never good. In this article, we provide an in-depth overview of how to get rid of them.

Where do mice like to hide?

     In the walls

     In the attic

     In the yard

Understanding mouse habits to keep them away from your house

     Signs of mice in the house

     Damage mice can cause

Methods for getting rid of mice

     Mousetraps: A well-known way to get rid of mice

     Rat poison and bait stations: effective with the right expertise

Get rid of mice once and for all!

Read on for more information about mice, their habits and ways to eliminate them for good.

Where do mice like to hide?

Mice have the ability to squeeze through very small gaps, making it easy for them to infiltrate your home. It’s important to know where they like to hide in order to be able to take the appropriate preventive measures.

In the walls

If you hear squeaking in the walls, particularly at night, there is a good chance that mice have taken up residence there.

If they aren’t dealt with quickly, they can damage the walls of your house. Getting rid of mice in the walls is a tricky business, and it’s important to do it properly to make sure that you haven’t missed any.

In the attic

Attics provide shelter from the cold and are rarely used by humans, making them ideal hiding places for pests like mice.

If you don’t eliminate the mice in your attic, they will reproduce at astonishing speeds and cause serious damage. It’s important to know how to get rid of mice in the attic and how to prevent the infestation from reoccurring.

In the yard

Do you spend a lot of time in your yard tending your vegetable garden? It would be a shame to have all of your hard work undone by pesky rodents like mice.

If you’re concerned about mice in your yard, you can contact us at any time. We will be happy to help you eliminate the infestation.

Understanding mouse habits to keep them away from your house

Mouse infestations are common in Quebec. Winter temperatures and hunger drive these little pests into homes looking for warm places to nest and eat.

Mice can carry disease and cause significant damage to your house, so a mouse exterminator should be called at the first sign of an infestation.

How can mice be eliminated once and for all? What are the best ways to prevent them from proliferating in your home? Read on for advice from our Quebec-based pest control technicians.

Signs of mice in the house

Mice appreciate houses for their warmth, safety, and the tasty treats that can be found in the pantry. They are timid creatures that tend to stay out of the main thoroughfares of the house, so their presence can be difficult to detect.

Pay close attention to the signs that indicate a mouse infestation:

  • Strong smell of urine
  • Mouse droppings in nooks and crannies
  • Gnaw marks

Damage mice can cause

Mice have teeth that keep growing as long as they live. They need to gnaw on things constantly to keep their teeth at a reasonable length. They also like to bite off bits of material to use in their nests.

In a house, this habit can damage the walls, furniture and linens. Mice may also gnaw on insulation, electrical cables and gas pipes, creating fire hazards.

In addition to property damage, mice can pose serious health risks, because they sometimes carry diseases such as salmonella, leptospirosis and hantavirus. This can be particularly dangerous due to their habit of getting into food.

Methods for getting rid of mice

If the infestation is minor, there are several methods you can use to get rid of mice, including traps, bait and rat poison. While all of these methods are effective at controlling the pests, some require a certain amount of expertise in order to limit the risks to the home’s residents and pets.

In some cases, the only solution is to call a professional exterminator. Not only do we have the experience needed to eliminate all types of rodents, but we can also adopt the extermination strategy that best suits your situation and come up with a pest prevention plan to keep mice out of your home permanently.

Mousetraps: A well-known way to get rid of mice

When facing a mouse infestation, mousetraps are often the first solution that comes to mind. There are a variety of models available in stores, so it’s important to know how to choose the best mousetrap.

Some of the most common options are snap traps and sticky traps. The first is very simple to use and kills the mouse quickly, without suffering. The second immobilizes the animal with adhesive glue. While this trap is effective at catching mice, we don’t recommend it because it can leave them to suffer for hours.

Traps are a good way to eliminate a small number of mice, but they won’t be enough to exterminate a large colony.

How to set a mousetrap

For a mousetrap to be effective, it’s important to know how to position it. Mice tend to scurry along the walls, so traps should be placed perpendicularly to them with the bait on the far side of the baseboard. There’s no need to place traps throughout the house. Instead, focus your efforts around food sources and the location of the nest.

Mice are clever, so remember to move your traps every two or three days to prevent the creatures from getting used to them.

Rat poison and bait stations: effective with the right expertise

Rat poison can be bought in stores and left out to tempt mice. However, there are two major drawbacks to this option: firstly, the poison can be dangerous for children and pets, and secondly, the mice will usually die some time later in locations that can be inaccessible or difficult to find.

The first problem can be resolved by using bait stations, tamper-resistant boxes that hold the bait securely and prevent children and pets from accessing it. However, the designs are not 100% foolproof.

If you want to use rat poison, we recommend calling a trained professional who can ensure your safety and that of your loved ones.

Get rid of mice once and for all!

Getting rid of mice is no easy task. In addition to exterminating the ones that are already in your home, you also need to take steps to prevent more from coming in.

If you’re facing an infestation in your home, contact Elite Pest Control without delay. Our team specializes in extermination and decontamination and can advise you on the best way to get rid of mice once and for all.