September 25th
Humane Mouse Solutions for the Fall

Autumn has officially arrived, and our wildlife friends are beginning to prepare for the long winter months ahead. One of the most prominent species scurrying around during the fall season is mice. Mice breed year round, and their population booms in late summer and early fall, since they have ample access to food, nesting material and outdoor space to roam freely. As the cool weather arrives, mice will begin their search for a warm, secluded winter nest. Unfortunately for homeowners, attics, basements, and wall cavities provide the perfect conditions for mice to survive through the winter months.

Mice are quiet creatures, especially during the winter, moving around only for necessities like food and water. Although they are quite skittish, and will avoid human interaction as much as possible, they can bite or scratch if they feel threatened. Mice also have little to no control over their excrement, meaning wherever they travel within your home can become contaminated. Like many other wild animals, mice have the ability to carry and transmit harmful diseases through their urine and feces that can be harmful to humans and pets.

In our 30 years of business, we’ve encountered many failed attempts to try to control mice infestations. Various traps and poisons have all been used to rid a home of rodents, but we’re here to explain the dangers of these methods, and ultimately, why they’re prone to fail in the long run. First and foremost, these methods are often inhumane and can pose risks to pets inside the home. They also do nothing to address the root cause of the issue - how the mice are entering in the first place

Since mice reproduce every 21 days it’s nearly impossible to reduce the population inside a home permanently with traps and poisons alone. Even if a homeowner were to eliminate all the mice inside the home other mice from the neighbourhood will soon fill their place. Mice use urine scent to mark their territory and communicate with other mice in the area. Once mice are in the home, their presence is sure to attract more.

Mice control can only be effective when the root of the issue is addressed - how the mice are entering and exiting the home. At Skedaddle, we have adapted humane methods that reduce risks for both humans and animals. Starting with a full home inspection, we will note every nook and cranny a mouse could squeeze its way into, which can be as small as the size of a dime. We then install one-way doors and seal up any other gaps allowing mice to exit the home in search of food, while ensuring they have no plausible way of re-entering. 

We then turn our attention to the contaminated areas of your home, replacing insulation where necessary, and disinfecting wherever possible. With our lifetime guarantee, homeowners can rest assured that their property is protected in the event of a future infestation as well.

More often than not, the quick fix is not the best solution. Keeping mouse populations at bay involves the removal of food sources through proper housekeeping and a know-how when it comes to where mice enter homes. We encourage you to research the adverse effects of traps and poisons when dealing with a mouse infestation, and trust the experts to keep their home, family, and pets safe.

For more information please watch this video and contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control if you need help removing mice from your home.