The second step of the process is the inspection. One of the most frequent questions we get is how do I know I have a mice infestation? Basically, mice have very oily fur so one of the things to look for is smear marks along the walls and skirting boards of your property. Also, keep a nose for any odd odours. Mouse urine and droppings leave behind a very strong scent. Look carefully for holes or tears in your food packaging in your pantry and cupboards. Inspection starts by looking inside your home. You have to check underneath cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom and behind the appliances such as fridges, stoves and washing machines. Also, check the attic and the basement. Containers and clutters against the walls help mice feel safe as they travel.
As a matter of fact, mice will never travel further than 10 to 30 feet from their nest. So if you are seeing mice activity in certain spots note these areas. You can also use the UV tracking powder in these areas.
The mice control experts from Archers Pest Control also recommend prioritizing the indoor treatment. Once mice find their way to your home they won't leave. However, you should also check the outside of your home to investigate how the mice are gaining access to your property. Check for any cracks, crevices or voids that mice can use to get in. Make sure windows and doors are closing properly.
Checking the voids around plumbing and vents. Mice actually can enter holes small as a ballpen. So don't ignore these openings. Now when you know what and where to look you can start the treatment.
Before Starting The Treatment
Be sure to wear proper personal protective equipment. Gloves are especially important when handling traps and bait stations. Not only for your safety but also human scent could be left behind the traps or stations and will make them less effective.
Starting The Treatment
Sanitizing your property is essential. Make sure you wipe down all kitchen appliances and cupboards. Put away and seal all pet food and other dry food. Clean the floors and declutter your attic and basement. Once everything is cleaned it is time to seal any openings on the exterior. This step will prevent additional mice from entering the property and ensure that the mice that are already inside your home have no alternative food sources outside.
The pest exterminators from Archers Pest Control recommend using materials like copper mesh as it is a flexible metal material that can be easily stuffed into any voids and holes. Also, rodents won't be able to chew through it. After you cleaned and prepared the area you can start the baiting and trapping. One of the most effective ways to get rid of mice infestation the exterminators from Archers suggest to use the combination of mouse poison bait blocks and traps. By using snap traps and mice bait stations we cast a wide net to catch as many mice as possible.
How To Set Bait Stations
Place the bait stations along the walls about 8 to 10 feet apart where you have seen the mice activity. The bait stations also need to be placed out of the reach of children and pets. Use eradication bait blocks with mouse bait stations. The bait station will house the mouse poison and will provide mice a safe place to consume the bait. Put one block of the mouse poison block and after place the bait stations along the walls and skirting boards. When placing the stations place them so that the station's holes are up against the walls.
Mice rarely travel in open areas and instead travel along walls so by placing the stations like this you can provide them a safe and easy way to enter it. Don't forget to check the station every 7 to 10 days to monitor for any activity. Along with the bait station, you have to use snap traps. These traps could be found in every DIY shop near you. Easy snap traps are easy to arm, sanitary and have a unique pole bar design that allows you to dispose of mice without touching them.
Bait Placement Tips From The Experts
Our London mice exterminators generally recommend using between 5 to 10 snap traps for most average households. Set the traps every 5 to 10 feet along walls and skirting boards where you have noticed mice activity and out of the reach of children and pets. If you want your treatment to be successful our pest control experts suggest to actually bait without setting the traps for a few days.
This is a key step that most people often overlook when using traps. Leaving unarmed traps for a few days will gain the mouse trust. Avoid using cheese because as a matter of fact, mice prefer something sweet and sticky like peanut butter. One more reason why our technicians are using peanut butter is that it can't be easily grabbed and run off once the trap is set. Smear some peanut butter on the trap trigger plate and place your straps without setting them. Check them regularly to see if mice are taking the bait. Once they are continuing to take the bait of the trap you can then set it.
Usually, the bait blocks take between 10 and 14 days to fully eliminate the mice. Once you stop noticing any mice activity it is time to block the holes inside your home. It is not recommended to seal the gaps before eliminating the mice from your property as they might die behind walls, in the basement or attic and can cause bad odour in your property. In case you can notice an unpleasant odour and you think it might be from a dead mouse use mice odour sachets to get rid of the smell.
Recommendation To Best Way To Block Up Rodent Holes.
The last step of the mice control is blocking all entry points. Make a thorough inspection inside your home and find all of the potential entry points. Make sure you check under the kitchen and bathroom sinks where pipes enter the walls, air-conditioning units, behind washing machines, and refrigerators, under kitchen cupboards and also check for broken windows and vents.
The Archers Pest Control experts recommendation is to seal any gap larger than ¼ inches. The materials that our mice exterminators are using are caulk, expanding foam and the most important wire wool. In order to fill the gaps properly is a 3 step process. The first step is to fill the gap with the wire wool.
After that, you can use expanding foam to fill the gap. The foam is used only as a filler for the wire mesh. Foam is used by our technicians only for filler or backer. The foam should be sealed. Use caulk to seal any small gaps and crevices.
Below you can find our video tutorial of how to properly block mice entry points.
Run through this step by step guide for how to get rid of mice infestation, and they will be gone!