Mice will take up shelter in your home when they are looking for warmth, food, or shelter. These rodents are one of the most problematic pests because they can spread dangerous diseases and reproduce very quickly. Just a few mice in your home can quickly become a full-blown infestation if you do not arrange mice removal. Once these critters are in your home, they will cause damage including chewing through cables and getting into food cupboards. As specialists in mice removal and pest control in Bedford, we are sharing some essential tips for getting these rodents out of your property.
Block Off Entry Points
The first thing to do is mice proof your home and prevent the tiny creatures from getting in. Mice are very small and can fit through tiny gaps, which can make mice proofing a challenging task. Generally, if you can fit a pencil into a gap or crack, then a mouse will be able to squeeze through it. Assess every room in your house for small openings or damage to walls, floors, and ceilings. Seal up any cracks and block off vents and utility pipes using fine wire mesh. Don’t use any materials which are made from rubber, wood or plastic as mice can easily gnaw through and gain entry. Check that there is a seal under your doors when they are closed, as this is a common area for pests to enter, particularly in older properties.
Use Mouse Traps Wisely
If you have a current infestation of mice, then mouse traps are one of the best options for mice removal. There are various types of traps available, and we recommend using a combination of these for the best results. Many homeowners expect to remove mice from their property with a single mouse trap, but it is common to underestimate the level of an infestation. Just because you have only seen one or two mice, doesn’t mean that is all you have in your home. Put down a lot of mouse traps all around the property and use a combination of snap traps, bait traps, glue traps and multiple-capture live traps. Consider how you will handle these rodents once they are trapped, as disposing of mice is often the most difficult part of the process.
Place Traps Carefully
Simply putting down mouse traps all around your home will not be enough for effective mice removal. The placement of traps is critical for success, so make sure you keep this in mind. It is best to put mouse traps perpendicular to walls with the trigger part against the wall. This means that when a mouse runs along the edge of the wall, they will always trigger the trap at the right time. It is also key to remember that a mouse will not go more than 20 feet from their nest or food source, so put traps in the areas where you know they are hiding.
Set Bait Stations
Bait packages or stations are sealed up packets containing bait. Once mice eat the bait they will perish and can be removed from the property. Bait stations are always best to be set and handled by professional pest controllers. This is because they can ensure pets, children, and yourself are kept safe from dangerous substances. For more information on mice removal or to book an appointment, contact us today.