You probably won’t notice a mouse infestation until you start seeing their feces near your baseboards and around your food containers. By then, it’s too late – you probably have several of those little critters sharing your home. Before you call for rodent control services, you should find where the mice are getting in and seal up their entry points. Keep your eye out for droppings under sinks, in drawers and other hidden areas, and chewed-up cardboard, material and other matter to make nests. Mice will chew holes in floors and walls.
For rodent control to work, you have to find the rodents’ entry points and block them. If you are having trouble finding the entry points, Clint Miller Exterminating can help you. A mouse can fit in a hole that is about the size of a quarter. Entry points might include:
Crawl space vents;
Behind fascia boards;
Where air conditioning, electric and water goes into the house;
Drain pipes for the air conditioning unit and hot water heater;
Dryer vent exit;
Holes where the cable television wire and phone wires go into the house; and
Holes that the mice might chew in the walls.
You’ll have to inspect your home from top to bottom to find these tiny holes. Look for grease marks where they come in – their fur is often greasy. When you call Clint Miller Exterminating, let us know where you found entry points, and we will help you look for more.
Also, check the attic if you have one – look for chewed wires, nests, tunnels, chewed insulation and other signs. If you can follow a tunnel, you might be able to find an entry point. Other places people do not think to look include behind the stove, fridge and the washer and dryer.
If the flanges where the pipes come in are loose under in the cabinets under the sinks, mice could push them up to get in there. The flanges should be metal and they should not have much space between them and the pipes.
Rats and mice chew through just about anything, so you have to seal the holes with steel and polyurethane sealant. Once you or we find all the holes, then we can start eradicating the mice. Learn how to seal off rodent entry points for rodent exclusion. If you put steel wool in the hole, the mice can just push it out. You should screw steel mesh over the hole, then seal it with the polyurethane.
If the holes are large, then use lath metal or lath screen, or even metal sheeting to cover the holes. If you live in a trailer, block off holes in the skirting. Check your outbuildings, too – they’ll get in there, so you will be fighting a losing battle if you don’t. The mice will keep coming back to look for a warm, dry place to spend the winter or wait out a heavy rain.
If you see signs of mice, contact Clint Miller Exterminating to schedule an appointment for us to help you find mice entry points and to seal them. Once we seal the entry points, we can then eradicate the mouse infestation in your home.