The team at Major Pest Control is experienced when it comes to finding, eliminating, and preventing mouse infestations in Calgary.
“As an entomologist with extensive experience in rodent control, I frequently deal with mouse infestations. Mice pose significant risks to health and damage to property. We want to help people protect their home and family in Calgary and surrounding area” says Jun Bukht, associate entomologist with Major Pest Control. “I want anyone with this problem to take control of it.”
The report can be broken down into easy-to-understand sections:
– Mouse behavior
– Risks mice present
– Preventing infestation
– Signs of infestation
– Eradication methods
– Preventing their return
– When to get professional help
Understanding Mice and Their Behavior
Mice enter homes in search of food, shelter, and warmth, especially as the weather becomes cooler in the winter. They are nimble, can squeeze through tiny gaps (as small as a dime), and are adept climbers. Understanding these behaviors is crucial in addressing infestations.
Health and Property Risks
Mice carry pathogens to diseases like salmonella and hantavirus. Their droppings, urine, and dander are allergenic, and in the food supply, their droppings can cause bacterial food poisoning. Property-wise, mice can cause significant damage by gnawing on wires, wood, and insulation, potentially leading to electrical fires and structural issues.
Prevention is the cornerstone of permanent mouse control. Sealing entry points is crucial; use steel wool and caulking for cracks and holes – any opening a quarter of an inch or larger should be patched – even openings high off the ground, as mice can climb and jump. Decluttering the yard is vital – mice want to remain unseen, and the more clutter gives mice the cover they need to find a way in to the home. Store any yard or recreational equipment like lawn mowers and bikes. Keep the grass mowed, and trim bushes, hedges and trees to keep yards neat and tidy.
Ensure food is stored in airtight containers made of glass or metal, as mice will chew through cardboard and plastic. Wash dirty dishes daily, clean up food spills promptly and avoid leaving pet food. Dispose of garbage regularly and declutter each room to minimize hiding and nesting sites.
Identification of Signs of Infestation
Early detection can prevent major infestations. Knowing what to look for can help anyone identify signs of mouse activity quickly. Key signs include:
– Mouse droppings (small, dark, oblong pellets) are usually found close to food sources like pantries and cupboards.
– Gnaw marks on food packages, baseboards and drywall.
– Sounds of scurrying or scratching, particularly at night because mice are nocturnal. The sounds will often come from the walls and ceiling as they move around.
– Nests made of shredded material like fabric and paper.
Effective and Humane Eradication Methods
Humane and effective eradication is vital. Snap traps being effective for small populations. For more significant infestations, seek professional extermination services. Avoid inhumane methods such as glue traps or indiscriminate poisons, which pose risks to non-target species and pets.
Long-Term Strategies for Keeping Mice Out
Sustained prevention is key to keeping mice at bay. Maintaining the home’s exterior by fixing leaks, clearing debris, and trimming overhanging trees and shrubbery. Ensure garbage bins are sealed, and that garbage is removed on a regular basis. Walk the perimeter of the building a few times a year to look for gaps and holes where mice can enter and fix promptly. Pay close attention to windows and doors, especially as the freeze-thaw cycle of winter and spring cause frost heaves that can create gaps in doors and windows large enough for mice to enter.
When to Seek Professional Help
Professional intervention is recommended when infestations are severe or reoccurring. They can provide tailored solutions, identify, and seal entry points that may have been overlooked, and offer advice for long-term prevention. Adhere to local wildlife control regulations, especially with how close to the national parks Calgary is. Humane treatment should always be a priority.
People are encouraged to act proactively and responsibly in controlling mouse populations, ensuring the health and safety of their households. For further advice or professional services, please contact Jun Bukht with Major Pest Control Calgary at: https://majorpestcontrolcalgary.ca/, providing detailed insights into their effective rodent control practices.
Company Name: Major Pest Control Calgary
Contact Person: Jun Bukht
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Address:205 5 Ave SW #3300
State: AB, T2P 3G6