Are you hearing noises in your roof space, sub-floor or walls at night? Then it’s highly likely that you have a mice (if not rat) problem. You will need to do the following:
- Place wire secured bait in the structural cavities where fresh mice droppings are spotted. You can tell if a mouse dropping is fresh if it’s shiny and charcoal black in colour. The bait should be wire secured just in case rats find it, because they are hoarders. They are likely to steal the bait and hide it from each other, or drop it outside where non targeted animals or children may find it.
- Check the exterior perimeter to identify the entry points. Don’t block the access immediately. Go ahead with the proofing only when the noises stop (generally after a week). This delay is to avoid trapping them inside, where they may die and create a bad smell. Proofing older buildings against mice is much harder because mice are tiny creatures which can go through very small gaps.
Are you seeing mice outside your building? If you are seeing them during the day it means that it is very likely that your area has a serious infestation. You will need to do the following:
- Install permanent exterior rodent bait stations, which you will need to monitor and replenish with bait frequently.
Are you aware that mice are inside your work or living space? If you think that it’s just a single mouse which your cat brought inside then use a snap or live trap. If you believe that the mouse came out of the wall or the floor, the use of traps will not be particularly efficient, and you will need to use the method described above (when mice are making noises in your house structural cavities).
Precautions: Don’t try to catch mice with your hands; they can bite! Baits are toxic; read the instructions carefully. Never place the bait in places accessible to pets (especially dogs), even in bait stations, because the bait can sometimes be dragged out of the bait station by the mice. If you believe that your pet is likely to consume poisoned mice, make sure you get bait that is the most pet friendly available. Always be prepared to take your pet to the vet if you suspect that a carcass (or live mouse) was consumed.
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