Before resorting to extermination or control methods, it is necessary to correctly identify your pest population.
If the noises inside the walls may be the result of a mouse infestation; however, insects and even the building itself can make similar noises and will require different solutions.
All food conservation sites are goals to be achieved and possible entry points into the home must be identified and eliminated.
Human food sources must be stored in metal or glass containers with airtight lids. The bins should also be resilient and sealed.
Countertops, sinks and kitchen floors must be kept clean and all possible entry points must be sealed.
Cracks, holes and crevices must be sealed with steel or concrete.
Open areas around pipes, gas lines and dryer vents must also be sealed.
Holes as small as pencil erasers can allow access and should not be overlooked.
Home extermination techniques range from traps to bait.
Ratchet traps can be dangerous to humans and pets if not placed properly.
Glue traps are also used to trap mice, but they must be placed correctly to be effective.
The traps that keep rodents alive force owners to get rid of captured rodents. All traps require intimate knowledge of the mouse’s habits and behaviour to use them effectively.
Baits can also be used, but they carry an increased risk.
Poor placement and use of bait can affect people, pets and wildlife. Owners would not be advised to start at home.
Mouse infestations are harmful and dangerous to humans. Mice feed on human food sources by destroying cardboard packaging, paper, boxes and plastic to build their nests.
Risk of disease
Urine, saliva and feces in some mice may contain viruses and bacteria, such as salmonella and hantavirus.
It is therefore necessary to exterminate any mouse infestation. It is advisable to act at the first sign of mouse infestation.
Populations are growing rapidly and are extremely difficult to eradicate. It is best to target infestations when colonies are small.
The most effective methods of extermination of mice are those administered by pest control professionals.
Contact your exterminator in Montreal to arrange an inspection and consultation.
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