Mouse Removal & Control

Serving Vancouver British Columbia | Abbotsford | Burnaby | Maple Ridge

Vancouver has seen a huge spike in rodent activity over the past two years, and are a big nuisance to both home and business owners. While mice are from the same family as rats and other larger rodents, they have unique characteristics that make them a challenging house pest. There are over 20 species of mice. However, the only one that tends to encounter humans and their dwellings is the common house mouse. Similar to squirrels, mice are very good at maneuvering in and around obstacles and breed at an exponential rate. At Rentokil, formerly OnSite Pest Control, our mice exterminators specialize in the best mice control methods to keep these rodents out of your home for good.

Mice Characteristics & Habits

Mice range in colour from light brown to dark grey with a lighter belly and feet. They have over-sized ears, a pointed face, and a nearly hairless tail. The house mouse is quite small, weighing no more than 1 oz. and is 3–4 inches in length. The house mouse is timid and nocturnal preferring to forage overnight. One female mouse usually produces 5–7 litters per year, each containing 3–14 pups. 

While house mice prefer to consume grains, fruits, and seeds, in truth they are omnivores and will eat anything if they are hungry enough!  They also quite enjoy human food scraps. Due to their appetite, house mice are known to be quite destructive. If you think you have an infestation, it’s best to get an inspection from a professional mice pest control company.

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Mice Pest Control FAQs

  1. How do mice get inside?
    1. Mice are extremely flexible and are able to squeeze through openings that are no larger than a dime. Their flexibility means Vancouver’s houses and apartments are at risk from mice unless homeowners know to implement mouse control into their home maintenance. Mice are excellent acrobats and are capable of climbing and jumping large distances in proportion to the size of their bodies.
  2. What are the signs of mice in my home?
    1. The easiest way to tell if your residence has a mouse or mice is by their droppings.  Mice can leave up to 36,000 droppings per year! Also, listen for scratching or scuffling sounds between walls. Chewed food packages and building materials are other means of determining if mice have taken up residence in your home. Mice will also leave a dirty rub mark on walls they pass by frequently.
  3. Where do house mice live?
    1. House mice build nests outdoors in ground burrows, barns and sheds, and will construct nests indoors in attics, wall voids, storage boxes, and under appliances. The house mouse builds its small nest, in a quiet confined area, out of materials that it finds in its environment. Mice will nest in any dark place inside the home.
  4. Do mice cause damage in my home?
    1. Because of their gnawing damage to wires, pipes, gas lines, and the like, rodent infestations hold the potential for serious damage relative to fires and explosions. They also can cause damage to their nesting habits when they use different materials inside your property.
  5. Are mice dangerous?
    1. A mice infestation can be dangerous for several reasons. One, they can inflict damage on your home. Two, they are capable of spreading and transmitting some very dangerous diseases. One of the biggest dangers of mice is the fact that they reproduce at a rapid rate, meaning a small mice problem can quickly grow worse. For this reason, it’s crucial to always work with a mice exterminator.

The Importance of Mice Control

Mice cause considerable damage and hazards to the buildings they infest. They eat building materials, including batt and foam insulation, wood, and wiring. Regardless of whether mice eat them, the food products that they rummage through are ruined due to the feces, saliva, and urine that the pests leave behind. Mice and their waste carry viruses like Hantavirus, salmonellosis, and LCMV (Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus). More virus bodies are thought to be shed from dried waste, therefore cleaning it with a broom or vacuum cleaner is hazardous to humans. The preferred method is carefully wetting, then collecting and bagging the droppings while wearing OSHA-approved protective equipment. This is best done by a professional mice removal company.

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12 Tips to Keep Mice Away

Eradicating a mouse infestation from your home can be difficult and time-consuming. It is much easier for Vancouver residents to be vigilant in making sure that one mouse doesn’t turn into an infestation. Here’s how to keep mice away:

  1. Use metal weather-stripping and flashing
  2. Patch foundation cracks with concrete filler.
  3. Use steel wool around pipes prior to sealing
  4. Cover vents with metal mesh screening with holes less than .75 cm in diameter.
  5. Eliminate clutter around your house and property.
  6. Keep grass trimmed.
  7. Garbage and other containers should have secure lids.
  8. Make sure compost only contains acceptable materials, and that it is well maintained and far from the house.
  9. Use a layer of heavy metal mesh between the soil and the bottom of the composter.
  10. Eliminate water sources (like leaky taps, sweating pipes, and open drains).
  11. Store dry goods and pet food in plastic, glass, or metal containers.
  12. Keep kitchens and pantries clean.

How to Get Rid of Mice in Vancouver BC

If you’re wondering how to get rid of mice in your property, there are several options. For the occasional rodent, physically killing or trapping the mouse is an unpleasant but humane option. For an infestation, there are several methods available. In either case, it’s always best to contact a professional mice control company such as Rentokil, formerly OnSite Pest Control. Mice and rat control procedures consist of an initial service that includes isolating the points of entry and sealing them while placing strategic baits and traps in the areas of activity. Our mice exterminators follow up with the homeowner until all rodent activity has ceased. To learn more about how we can keep you mouse-free, contact our mice removal team today!

Mouse Removal & Control in Vancouver BC

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