The homeowner complained of possible mouse activity. After this, a technician was immediately dispatched to the residential property in Toronto. The technician started with an exterior inspection. The exterior inspection is the most important part of the entire mouse exclusion process as it gives the technician a closer look at the infestation.
The technician can find out where the infestation started and to where it spread out to effectively devise a plan of action. During the exterior inspection, the technician thoroughly inspects the perimeter of the exterior to look for any other signs of wear and tear such as cracks or foundational gaps that can easily give pests like ants, mice, and rats access to the interior of the building.
Foundational gaps occur through multiple years of exposure to the elements, and moisture accumulated over time at the base of the foundation. It is especially prevalent in older homes that are in older neighborhoods. Exposed vents and grills are also a major concern since mice can easily squeeze or pass through them. After the inspection finished, the technician handed over a sheet with recommendations that the homeowner can follow up on.
After the exterior inspection, the technician moved on to the inside. The homeowner told the technician that mice would eat from the food. The interior inspection revealed heavy mouse activity as feces were seen all over the kitchen. Feces are a major indicator that mouse activity is rampant since they do not care where and when they leave droppings. Mouse feces can easily be recognized by this simple rule of thumb : “if it’s the size of rice [grains] it’s mice!
Initial Measures Taken
From the findings of the exterior inspection, the homeowner decided to follow through. 4 wall vents were covered using the appropriately named wall vent covers. These covers are made from galvanized steel mesh. This material is impenetrable and resistant against all kinds of scratches.
From the exterior inspection, foundational gaps were also found. To protect the house against any pest invasion, these needed to be sealed. The foundational gaps are sealed with either concrete or mortar.
Other gaps that were on the exterior were also sealed and covered using galvanized steel sheets and fasted with washers and bolts.
To take care of the mouse population inside, the summer room and the garage were baited. These baits contain rodenticide. Once these baits blocks are eaten, they will perish. The technician does a follow up inspection and confirms that the mice are indeed dead, Thereafter, the mice are taken care of.
Having mice infest a home is a serious occurrence. They can damage all kinds of things inside the house and can leave an unsightly trail of feces. Mice are also carriers of the Hantavirus, a virus that can cause a pulmonary disease that can have fatal consequences if not taken care of immediately.
Mice are increasingly active in urban cities where they are considered a main stay. Mice go to residential properties to fulfill three needs: Shelter, warmth, and food – all three things they are looking for at all times.