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 OnSite Pest Control, we specialize in mouse removal and mice control or prevention services.
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, causing extensive damage to crops, small gardens, and even building materials.
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 mouse removal company.
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 with these tips:
Extermination and mice removal falls into two categories. 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 rodent control company such as OnSite. 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 technicians follow up with the homeowner until all rodent activity has ceased. To learn more about how we can keep you mouse-free, contact our team today!
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