How To Deter Mice

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How to get rid of mice

Mice create messes and will chew through walls, wires and other materials. An infestation of mice or other rodents in your home or business puts people at risk of spreading disease and other health risks. In short, you do not want to just live with a mouse infestation in and around your property. Take the following steps to get rid of mice:

  1. Forget the DIY solutions - They can be highly ineffective in eliminating a mouse infestation
  2. Eliminate entry points - Cover up holes and fill in cracks
  3. Cut back shrubs and branches - Mice like to use them to get into your house
  4. Seal food in airtight containers (this includes pet food!) - Mice can eat through the bags in which pet food often comes
  5. Do dishes immediately after eating - Mice will come out to check for scraps
  6. Check under the hood - Mice sometimes hide inside your car and chew through wires
  7. Clean up food spills - Mice love to eat!
  8. Call Western Exterminator!

Western Exterminator has mouse control specialists on staff who are trained to help get rid of mice and prevent future infestations. It's one of the very first services we offered as a company going all the way back to 1921.

If you have spotted the signs of a mouse infestation or seen mice in your home contact Western Exterminator for an appointment with one of our specialists.

How to get rid of mice in the walls

How to get rid of mice in the walls

There are a number of ways in which mice can find their way into your walls. Whether you have a crack in your siding, a poorly sealed door, or an uncovered chimney pipe, mice will make their way in. 

The biggest concern with having mice in the walls is that mice love to chew. Where are the majority of your electric wires located? Inside the walls. Don’t let them make a snack out your power sources. Not only will your devices and appliances fail to work, but chewed wires could start a fire.

The most effective way to get rid of mice in the walls is to call Western Exterminator and have one of our mice control experts come out to your property. A pest specialist will inspect and assess the situation to best equip him/herself to develop a specialized plan to get rid of the mice. After the mice are gone, your pest specialist will seal up any walls that may be vulnerable to future rodent entry, giving you peace of mind that they won’t be back.

How to get rid of mice in your car

No matter if you keep your car in a closed garage, store it away in a storage unit, or park it in the street, mice can find it. To escape from the elements, mice often crawl into the inside of a car, and they can do damage quickly. If you're worried about mice taking up residence under your car’s hood, try some of these things:

  • Remove food from vehicles when not in use
  • Avoid parking near wooded areas where mice could be hiding
  • Place deterrents around the car such as moth balls, cedar wood, or peppermint oil
  • Seal holes or cracks in your garage walls or doors
  • Open the hood when the car is parked (this will cool down the inside of your car so that it is not the warm, dark environment that mice seek)

Check your auto insurance policy to see if it includes coverage for rodent damage. But regardless of whether it does or does not, no one wants mouse damage to their car. Have a Western Exterminator pest specialist inspect your property to check for rodent activity. Get ahead of mice, and stop them before they chew through your battery cables.

Signs of a mouse infestation

Mice are shy and want to hide from you, but they tend to leave a lot of signs that they have been there. First, they come out at night looking for food, so you may see one of them run across your path in the middle of the night. If that happens, it's pretty easy to guess that you have a mouse problem. However, you can also look for these signs.

  • Droppings - mice tend to leave a lot of droppings behind. You will see them in closets, behind bookcases and other areas where they like to hide. Their feces can attract bacteria and all kinds of other nastiness that can lead to potentially serious health problems..
  • Urine - mice also like to leave urine behind. Often times, you will notice odd-looking black or brown smears on the floor which is in fact urine and feces left behind by mice. This is a mess you do not want around your home, family or pets.
  • Chew marks - if you find chewed boxes, furniture, paper or other products around your home, including food, there is a good chance you have mice. Mice use paper and cardboard to line their nests. Mice also chew on the insulation around wiring and will chew through the furniture to get at the stuffing in cushions for their nests, too. If you leave a bag of bread out, mice will chew right through the loaf of bread.
  • Dirty smear marks - mice have terrible vision and they navigate around rooms by sticking close to the walls. They also travel through dirty areas of the house and this causes their fur to be dirty and greasy and when they walk along the walls, they leave smears that indicate where they are.

These are just some of the signs of a mouse infestation. A Western Exterminator mouse control specialist can find more and determine the type of mouse, how they got in and where they are likely hiding.

Western Exterminator mouse control methods

Western Exterminator specialists are highly trained and equipped to find where mice are hiding and remove them quickly. You need to have a trained eye to spot the signs of mice, rats or some other form of pest infestation. This all starts with a detailed and thorough property inspection.

Western Exterminator also offers property owners:

  • Timely response - After you give us a call or contact us online, we will get in touch with you quickly about your mouse problem and arrange for a property inspection that works with your schedule.
  • Thorough inspection - we search the interior and exterior of the buildings on your property and your home. We look for the places where mice enter and the areas where they are nesting.
  • Comprehensive treatment - Western Exterminator mouse control specialists will provide you with solutions that will get rid of the mice infestation. We can use a variety of different solutions that will remove the current nest and infestation.
  • Knowledgeable advice - Western Exterminator mouse control experts will offer you advice that will help prevent mice from returning. We'll find the places they are getting in and spot the reasons they have found your property particularly attractive to set up their nests. This approach reduces the need to future treatments.

Cost of getting rid of house mice

House mice, like other rodents, bring with them a host of problems such as disease and property damage, so it's in the best interest of the commercial or residential property manager to get rid of house mice as quickly as possible, but what are the costs involved. Well, there are a number of factors which go into determining the costs of getting rid of house mice, including:

  • Commercial vs. residential property. The way in which a Western Exterminator specialist treats a home is different than how some commercial properties are treated. The sizes of the properties are usually very different and the needs of the customer can vary. This can greatly affect the costs involved
  • Infestation size. If there are just a few mice, this can be a lot different in price than if there is a very large house mouse infestation. Larger infestations require more treatments and follow-up treatments to ensure the entire house mouse infestation is removed.
  • Location of property and property size. Homes in urban areas are usually one size and those in more rural areas another. Also, larger properties may require more treatments and more follow-up treatments to ensure the house mice nests are removed and offer solutions to prevent a return. Different treatment options and prevention methods may be needed in a city environment over one in the country, too.

These are just some of the factors involved in determining the cost of getting rid of house mice. There may be other factors to consider as each case is unique. The first step should be to contact Western Exterminator and get an initial property inspection.

Property inspection for mice in your home

The first step toward peace of mind and getting rid of mice starts with a property inspection. Our Western Exterminator specialists have the tools and training to conduct a thorough inspection to find all of the mouse access points and hiding places.

Contact us today and set up an initial property inspection with one of our mouse control specialists today!

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