I have mice. Am I filthy and should I be ashamed?
Absolutely not! Rodents find their way into homes based on many factors. We've seen rodents in all sizes, ages and locations of homes. High dollar homes and immaculate homes can have mice. Basically, rodents are taking advantage of a vulnerability in the home. Following the path of least resistance, they found their way to your home and it was easy enough for them at the moment to get inside. Once inside, they don't have much reason to leave- until we insist! Mice are also not filthy themselves. Any animal who lives in a confined, unnatural space with not litter box will build up feces and filth.
What attracts mice into my home?
Mice are looking for habitat so find access by detecting warm or cool air flow. Vents where the home is designed to breathe- or tiny gaps left around wires, pipes, and air conditioning units. Most homes are not built to account for the wildlife of the area. Food is another attraction. Making food sources inaccessible helps keep your home from being extra attractive. Pet feed and bird seed are very enticing. Storing pet food in metal bins with tight-fitting lids helps keep mice from exploring the porch or the home. Storing your own food in glass or metal is a good idea (even non-ready-made food like pasta and rice).
How do I get mice out of my home without killing them?
We seal primary access points, repair damage, and address secondary vulnerabilities that often become access points next. Once the home is reinforced, we can perform diagnostic trapping to make sure no mice are left inside. These animals are then released outside.
How do I keep mice out of my home?
The main line of defense, as with all wildlife getting in the home, is to fortify the perimeter. This means focusing on the foundation wall as well as roof line and any vents on the siding and roof that allow access. Once past the exterior wall, mice and other animals such as raccoons can travel throughout the home- through the subfloor, up and down the walls, into the ceilings and into the living spaces. Depending on the circumstances, we can do secondary work to seal interior gaps in cabinets, the subfloor and elsewhere.
Prevention: does my home just need to be wrapped in hardware cloth and chicken wire?
Nope! Mice can be tricky due to their size but we target crevices and edges, the places rodents excavate. We follow the principle of “Make it invisible. If you can’t make it invisible, make it pretty!” Any material or device installed is done with aesthetics in mind and can be painted to blend in with the home.
What’s the harm in using some poison or traps?
Many people do use poison. This has a larger ecological impact than the “target animal," however. Mice are an important food source for many creatures, especially birds of prey. The number of owls, hawks, and eagles killed by rodenticides each year in North Carolina or the US at large is not clearly documented. Another untold number are weakened by poison accumulating in their systems and it's not fully understood how this can affect bloodlines. Rodenticides (chemicals made to kill mice and rats) also kill cats, dogs, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, snakes and other animals who catch rodents. Scavengers then eat those contaminated carcasses. The Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts found rodenticide in 86% of the raptor livers examined back in 2011.
For the target animals themselves, the rodents, it can take up to 4 days to die. Judging by animals we’ve seen poisoned after eating an affected rodent, it is painful. It can take a similar length of time for a rodent to dehydrate and die in sticky traps. Snap traps, if functioning as designed, offer the quickest death. In most cases we encounter, what’s described above seems to be unnecessary and avoidable suffering. We’ve come to ask ourselves: Why kill if you don’t have to? Why use more force than is needed?
Poisons and traps don’t do anything to keep more mice from getting into your home. You can play whack-a-mole and whack the mole but that doesn’t seal up the hole or reinforce the surface so their friends can’t chew through. Our focus is on identifying and sealing primary access points and secondary vulnerabilities to drastically reduce accessibility of your home.
Check out what the Audubon society has said about rodenticides here
Does it matter what species of mice are in my home?
No. Whether house mice, white-footed mice, deer mice, or other less common species, we can remove them and repair your home. We can also evict the various species of rats found in the area.
What's in your attic?
Just call. We will restore peace and harmony.