The initial call to the property was for a customer who noticed a mouse infestation in their home. The mice were feeding on food in the kitchen with clear chewing signs and feces. A technician was sent out to treat the infestation and insect for rodent exclusion. House mice, unlike native wild mice like the field mouse and deer mouse, are not native to Canada and came from Europe.
Hence their name, European House Mice. They lived with humans in Europe since the discovery of agriculture and know us very well. They are difficult to find and treat with domestic tools so commercial-grade treatment is often the only way to resolve the infestation. However, if a house mouse infestation lasts long enough the mice can move up floors of the house, from the ground floor all the way to the attic. One of the reasons for mouse problems becoming increasingly intense is how often mice have babies. A small mouse problem can grow into an infestation very fast.
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The exterior inspection found mouse activity on the exterior of the home as well. When an infestation is this serious rodent exclusion is necessary to prevent mice from getting inside. In this case, the exterior activity was so high we needed to bait the exterior with two large tamper-proof weighted bait stations to deal with exterior mice and possibly rats. This bait will cause rodents on the exterior to feel sick and tired, they return to their burrows and die underground. You will not see any dead rats or mice on the exterior or the interior during our mouse treatments and exterior rodent treatments.
The initial inspection of the interior of the house found high levels of rodent activity in the kitchen, the basement and the attic of the house proving this has been a long-standing infestation that was only noticed recently. Mice are a serious danger. While it is rare for someone in North America to get Hantavirus it is still a serious danger and a severe respiratory illness that can cause death. Mice can also leave dander that can float in the air making breathing difficult. They urinate and defecate everywhere they go including on your food which can lead to staph infections and food poisoning.
The initial measures taken by the technician included inspecting for mice throughout the home with a special focus on the kitchen. Mice were found in the kitchen, the basement and the attic. The mouse infestation was treated with a series of tamper-proof bait stations containing commercial-grade rodenticide. This is an anti-coagulant poison that causes the mice to feel sick and dehydrated. They return to their nest in the walls and desiccate entirely. No bacteria or moister will be left. This is an effective way of dealing with mice and does not require snap traps or glue traps which are messy and dangerous to pets and children.
The proposed exclusion involved sealing off a number of areas. He primary issue was a series of four foundation gaps that could allow rodents on the exterior to burrow into the ground and enter the basement of the house through cracks and opening. This was sealed off with concrete or concrete filler and was sealed off. A wall vent was also found to be a possible access point and was sealed with a black rubber-coated galvanized waterproof steel cage. This will help prevent rats from getting into the house through the open wall vent.
In conclusion, the process was highly effective and the severe infestation was dealt with quickly with one full treatment. The exclusion effectively protected the house from rodent entry and the interior bait stations ended the infestation on the inside while the exterior stations resolved the activity on the exterior. The customers were pleased with the work and have not had mice or rats since either on the interior or exterior.