Effective treatments for mice problems at home or your business. As a fully licensed pest control company in the Greater Toronto Area, we have access to products that are far more effective than what is available over the counter. Our experienced mouse exterminators know exactly what to look for when conducting a rodent control inspection and have the tools and know-how to completely solve a house mouse problem.
How To Control Mice? Mouse Pest Control
The first step to controlling a mouse population has to do with making sure that you limit all things that attract mice in the first place. Good housekeeping, proper storage and handling of food materials and disposal of organic wastes are essential. As the first control step, piles of trash, organic and not should be eliminated which can serve as hiding and nesting sites.
The second step is the extermination. Limiting the population that currently exists and disrupting their reproductive cycle.
The final step is making sure no other rodents can make their way in. Rodent proofing by means of structural barriers to deny access to buildings and food is a necessity. Metal screening should be placed over dryer vents and other ventilation openings, and under open porches or sheds. After the entry points are sealed our licensed exterminator will perform a chemical treatment using rodenticides. Snap or glue trap treatments can also be used upon request.
Mice At Home
Mice use a variety of potential access points to enter a home. They can enter through small openings around your garage door, through broken vent covers, unsealed pipes from the exterior or even through any other tiny opening in your brick work. Once inside mice make their way through wall voids or tunneling through insulation. They can travel through walls from your garage to your kitchen to find food and water. A pest control treatment for mice in a residential setting consists of the application of rodenticide in tamper resistant containers in areas of high activity.
Mice Problem At Your Business
A mouse infestation at a business can be a serious problem that can have disastrous consequences. Especially if the business is a restaurant, food processing or storage facility. To deal with a mouse population in a such a business we can only use mechanical means to control a population. Either mechanical snap traps or metal catch boxes to bring down a population. Rat poison can only be used on the exterior of the structure that houses a food processing or service business. Maintaining good sanitation levels throughout the business and making sure entry points are sealed is imperative for effective mouse control.
For the average person, it is not always easy to distinguish a type of rodent. Most rodent encounters happen at odd times and rodents are caught scurrying or moving quickly from hiding spot to hiding spot. A good way to determine whether you are dealing with a problem is by finding droppings. Mice droppings are about the size of a grain of rice while rat droppings are bout the size of a small olive pit.
Mice Vs Rats
Mice are much smaller than rats and can enter a structure through even the tiniest openings. While rats are far more destructive than mice, keep in mind that even a small mouse problem can quickly get out of hand and lead to many other problems. If you have seen signs of mice you need to take immediate and mostly effective action to deal with the rat and mouse problem. Common rodent pests in the GTA are House Mice, Deer Mice and the Norway Rat. All of which require the implementation of a pest management program.
House Mouse vs Deer Mouse (White-footed Mouse)
The Deer Mouse and the house mouse are approximately the exact same size. While they are both smaller rodents they can be both dangerous disease carriers. Deer mice have larger ears and eyes along with a two-tone fur. The Deer mouse receives its name since its coloration resembles that of the white-tailed Deer – gray or tawny brown above and white beneath. The deer mouse, and on occasion the white-footed mouse, would be the mice mostly responsible for transmitting Hantavirus to people. While they aren’t generally located in metropolitan areas, they can be found often near creeks and ravines in the Greater Toronto Area.
Both species of mice can spread harmful bacteria, other pests like ticks and fleas and serious diseases. The house mouse can spread Lymphocytic choriomeningitis, rickettsialpox, and leptospirosis while the deer mouse or white-footed mouse is a vector for hantaviruses. Rest assured, we can provide effective pest control services for both deer mice and house mice.
Chemical Pest Control For Mice – Rat Poison
Chemical control is performed with the use of rodenticides. Depending on the situation, the level of infestation and layout, our exterminator will use multiple or single dose anticoagulant rodenticides. Common active ingredients in rat poison are chlorophacinone, diphacinon. These chemicals are placed in sealed and damage proof plastic containers to avoid contamination. These containers are then placed by the licensed exterminator in the appropriate places to induce feeding. This is the most effective way to control rodents. The rodenticide is placed in tamper resistant containers that require a key to open.
After we determine the areas of highest mouse activity the bait stations are placed strategically to maximize the feed rate. The stations are child and pet safe, they are tamper resistant and require a key to open. Depending on the severity of the infestation and on factors like competing food sources the mouse problem is usually solved within a few weeks. Typically mice will take the poison and die. We use commercial rodenticides that are not available to the general public. They contain higher concentrations of the active ingredient and only a licensed exterminator can carry and apply. While there are many poisons available we only use products that we field test extensively. We carry products that can deal with even the most problematic infestations.
The use of rodenticide as part of a pest management program is the most cost efficient way to deal with a mouse problem. As a fully licensed pest control company we guarantee the extermination and provide a full 6 month warranty to make sure that whatever is there is gone. Call to have a Mice Exterminator Toronto deal with the mouse infestation once and for all using proven rodent control techniques. All our rodent control technicians are experienced to deal with even the most challenging rat and mouse pest removal problems.
Does Trapping Mice Work?
Yes and no. While the house mouse is easily trapped with spring traps you will need a very large number of mouse traps to exterminate a mouse population in a structure. Dozens and Dozens of mouse traps. Many dozens. That is especially true in restaurants, warehouses and other commercial facilities with regular deliveries and more traffic. Open doors, loading docks and other activities tend to help start and perpetuate a small rodent problem. The traps should be placed against and perpendicular to baseboards, boxes or other sheltered areas or possible runways. Traps need to be baited, cleaned and reset regularly. They should be inspected daily and dead mice should be removed promptly. Multi-catch traps are also available for use in food, feed and other areas where chemical rodenticides cannot be used. Glue boards can also be considered for use in such areas. We provide rodent trapping programs for food processing facilities, restaurants and other establishments where the use of poison is not permitted. Customized trapping programs require regular maintenance and adjustments. Our commercial mouse control programs are extremely effective.
Exclusion – Mouse Proofing
There are many things that can be done to prevent mice from entering a structure in the first place or after an extermination has been completed. These have to do with sealing all entry points so mice cannot come in. After the extermination takes place and signs of activity subside it is time to make sure there are no entry points that mice can use to enter a structure.
Doors and ground level windows need to be kept closed at all times if not used, or have proper screening installed. Windows left open at night offer mice easy access. If windows have screens this will probably be satisfactory.
Common mouse proofing methods are:
- Screening of roof vents
- Sewer rat guards
- Mouse proofing of pipe openings
- Curtain Walls
- Utility Line Guards
- Metal Screening on dryer vents
- Sealing all small holes
If you are experiencing problems with mice, give us a call. Speak directly to a professional mouse exterminator and schedule an inspection or treatment. Call: 647-496-2211
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If Mice Return Within The Contractual Period So Will We.
If pests return following service and within the guarantee and warranty period we will return at no additional cost. We work hard on keeping our customers pest free. We guarantee every service and provide extensive warranties to make sure pests are gone and our customers are happy. Call The Exterminators for Mouse Control Toronto solutions.
Mouse Control Testimonials
We have been dealing with mice for a few months before we called The exterminators. We tried mouse traps, poison from the hardware store but nothing worked. It has been almost a years since we had our treatment and we haven’t seen any signs of mice. Raccoon proofed all potential entry points.Pesky creatures tried re entering after 2 years of being free of them.Inhabit the area being in the Rouge Valley and roam around at all times of the day.The company trapped 3 and took them away, but the area has many more.Intially entered our roof in 2015. In the spring of that year, Richard cleaned, disinfected and sealed the entrance with the galvanized mesh.In 2017 spring , they tried entering again(instinct to return), so Richard had to re -enforce and we accepted raccoon proofing all potential entry points.
Ongoing Mouse Problem
We are very happy with the service rendered from Richard, Tom and Simon and have referred them to other home owners also in the area and to my sister who had a squirrel in her roof.The company is professional, caring and friendly and I would recommend them.We did shop around intially and some weird unprofessional people turned up!!
We have been dealing with mice for a few months before we called The exterminators. We tried mouse traps, poison from the hardware store but nothing worked. It has been almost a years since we had our treatment and we haven’t seen any signs of mice.
Raccoon proofed all potential entry points.Pesky creatures tried re entering after 2 years of being free of them.Inhabit the area being in the Rouge Valley and roam around at all times of the day.The company trapped 3 and took them away, but the area has many more.Intially entered our roof in 2015. In the spring of that year, Richard cleaned, disinfected and sealed the entrance with the galvanized mesh.In 2017 spring , they tried entering again(instinct to return), so Richard had to re -enforce and we accepted raccoon proofing all potential entry points.