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  • Writer's pictureRobert Bate

How to Mouse Proof Your House

Mice Problems in Brisbane?

Mice problems in homes

So, you like to keep warm as the temperature falls. Unfortunately, so do our mice and rats. Having mice decide to take residence in your home in Brisbane is inconvenient to say the least– they are also unsanitary and their droppings have been implicated as potential asthma triggers in children.

mice droppings in a pantry cupboard

Once a family of mice decide to make your house their home, they can do a lot of damage. They may also contaminate food and other materials through their droppings or urine, allowing the spread of disease.

Not only are mice destructive, but they have also been known to cause house fires through the gnawing of electrical wiring.

How do you know if you have mice or rats in the house? Mice are far more common, unless you live near a river, warehouse, etc.

Signs of Mice Activity can be:

  • Sounds – mice can normally be heard at night, scurrying around the walls and ceilings.

  • Droppings – mice leave small, dark droppings around 3-6mm long and have pointed ends.

  • Damage – mice have teeth that grow continuously and will gnaw on wood, plastic, cables and other hard materials to keep their teeth shorter.

  • Nests – mice build nests with shredded material such as newspaper and fabrics. These tend to be in hidden places such as behind fridges.

Distinctive smell – mice leave an ammonia-like smell that will be particularly strong in more enclosed areas such as under cupboards.

How to Mouse Proof your Home

Mice can squeeze under a 6mm gap. If you can get a pencil through a hole, a mouse can easily gain access. Here are the first steps in mouse proofing your home.

  • Seal up all openings with steel wool or caulk.

  • Remove food sources such as uneaten pet food off the ground, bowls of fruit and bread left on benches.

  • Regularly clean under stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers and cupboards.

Baiting Mice

rodent traps in a ceiling void

  1. Glue boards, traps, and/or baits, are all good ways to eradicate mice. Make sure you buy a sufficient amount of them.

  2. Place traps along the edges of walls as rodents tend to scurry along these areas.

  3. Place a small amount of bait in the center of the glue boards, bait with food such as fruit, dog food or peanut butter.

Baiting Rodents is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea and often the DIY rodent control results are less than satisfactory.

Results technicians are skilled, experienced professionals – they are state-certified, licensed applicators and are required to participate in regular training programs to maintain their expertise. They understand the habits of each species and use that knowledge when developing a control program for your home.

If you have rodent problems and live in Brisbane and DIY is not working for you or is not your cup of tea, then call us now.

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