Even the most avid animal lovers probably don’t like the idea of having mice nesting in their walls. Mice are very tiny rodents, and they can quickly bring down the property value of your house, not to mention they’ve been known to chew holes in drywall and creep out at night to nibble on the food and belongings. If you’ve seen mice in your home it is advised to call mouse control company immediately because of the problem can escalate very quickly.
Unsure of whether you do have mice in the walls? Keep an eye and an ear out for strange noises emanating from the walls, holes around your dryer vent, scratches on the wall, dried urine and crumbs being left in weird spots. Mice in walls can cause serious damage to your property, keep reading this article to learn how to get rid of them.
If you happen to catch a mouse yourself, it’s important not to touch it if you can avoid it. Mice carry bacteria and viruses dangerous to humans. Baiting the mice or attempting to feed the mice by hand to lure them out is also not recommended. Mice might be an uncomfortable bunch of visitors, but don’t worry. Help is available to make sure you can get back to enjoying your home without having to share.
Luckily, to get rid of mice in the walls there are a number of options. Setting out mousetraps is one traditional method. Some traps kill the mice, while others are known as “live-catch traps” and only capture them so they can be released elsewhere without being hurt. Inspect your home for any holes in cracks, vents, ducts, pipes or baseboards. Remember to seal them up completely with caulk but will mice chew through silicone caulk? Yes, they can easily chew through a silicone caulk and you need to use more comprehensive techniques to seal entry points.
If you have been hearing what feels like tiny feet running up and down the interior of your house walls, then you definitely have mice or rats in your walls. Your first line of action will be to position snap traps along the bottom edges of the walls you suspect are invaded. In case you are using foot baited ends, place them against the areas along the wall’s base that normally act as passageways for the mice.
Mice usually run along the edges of the wall, placing a peanut butter laced trap should quickly do the trick. Avoid using poison baits when getting rid of mice in the walls; they could easily retreat back into the walls before they die, which will immediately turn into a messy affair.
How to get rid of mice in walls
One thing you need to note is, there could be more mice in the wall, and chances are the access point could be at a totally different location. The mice might have gotten into the walls through the eaves and are trapped, forcing them to nest in the walls. Here are a few ways you can get rid of mice in the walls:
- First, you need to drill a nickel size hole in your drywall. Make sure it is a few inches above the floor.
- Make another corresponding hole on the side of cardboard and fill it with bait. Cover the top of the box with transparent cellophane and then secure the box against the wall.
- Over the next couple of days, check to see whether a mouse has dropped in to take the bait. In most cases, you will catch your first mouse within the first hour.
- Since you are unsure of the number of mice in the wall, repeat the process again to see if you will be able to catch more mice.
After you are confident, you have captured the last of the mice in the wall, patch up the wall with sealant. You might need to inspect to find out where the mice were getting in from. At this point, it is a wise idea to seek the help of a professional pest removal service. They will carry out an inspection and seal off any possible access points the mice have been getting in from. This last bit is important, and especially if you are looking to keep of future wall infestations.
The best method for clearing out these unwanted guests though is to hire a licensed exterminator with a good reputation. Exterminators have the know-how to get rid of mice without ruining your house, and if you have pets or young children, the best way to keep them safe is to let the professional do the job. Avoid using household chemicals like bleach, pesticides, mothballs or drain cleaner to get rid of the mice. These chemicals will cause a lot of damage to your home and are ineffective in getting rid of rodents. For best results contact The Exterminators. Call us at 647-496-2211 and check our online store for mouse control products.
Article Updated: August 27th, 2018