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How to get rid of mice

Mice look for access to buildings for food and shelter. They search for easy, abundant sources of food and undisturbed areas to nest. By removing available food sources, your home or business will be less attractive to mice. This will also help to reduce food contamination risks and the spread of rodent borne diseases.

Mice are not fussy eaters and will often seek out leftovers. This increases the possibility of spreading pathogens and diseases such as Salmonella or Hantavirus.

Identify your pest

The first step to solving any pest problem is to know what pest you are dealing with.

In this case, you need to be sure you have a mouse problem and not a rat or any other rodent infestation. Solutions can vary greatly depending on the species infesting your home or business.

The situation can be even more challenging as rodents are nocturnal; making it unlikely that you will actually spot a live rodent. However, once spotted, mice are quite easy to identify. Compared to rats, mice are a lot smaller in size; have longer, skinnier tails covered in fur, and have smaller, rounder ears.

Knowing the signs of a mouse problem is therefore just as critical as being able to correctly identify a visible mouse. This is where a trained, professional pest controller can really help.

Correct identification will help you to choose the most effective control method, helping to save you time, money and worry.

Choose your method

DIY or Professional?

When it comes to getting rid of mice, you have two basic options: DIY or hire a professional.

The DIY option requires the purchase and correct use of DIY mouse control products as well as some home improvement actions.

The professional option requires you to find your local, expert pest controller to get rid of the problem for you.

  • DIY Mouse Control Options

    If you decide to control a mouse problem on your own, you have a few basic and cheap options available.

    You could buy some mouse traps from a local hardware store. There is a wide range of traps available from enclosed to wooden options. You can even buy specific mice baits to lure them to your traps.

    Home improvement is another key action. This should involve preventing access to mice as well as removing any potential nesting sites.

    Young mice can exploit the smallest of gaps and squeeze through openings not much bigger than the width of a pencil.

    • Seal all gaps and cracks under doors, around windows and pipeswork.
    • Repair any damage to roof tiles, which could be an easy access point into your attic.

    Although a DIY solution is a cheaper alternative to professional treatment, it does have some risks.

    • DIY cannot guarantee complete removal of a pest problem.
    • Products and traps need to be used correctly to have any effect - always follow the instructions carefully.
    • DIY solutions may need longer time to take effect - if mice are allowed to thrive in your home or business, their numbers can very quickly multiply leaving you with a bigger problem than you started with.

  • Benefits of a Professional Mouse Control Service

    How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Home

    A mouse infestation in your home not only causes genuine health risks but also inspires real fear and stress. When there are very young children in the home, the worry can be even greater.

    If you have never had mice before it is unlikely you will know exactly what action to take. Most people do not worry about a pest problem until it actually happens.

    In this case, it can be much more reassuring to call in a pest control professional to take care of the problem for you.

    In this way you can be sure that the professional products used in your home are as safe as possible for both children and pets and crucially as effective as possible. The less time spent with mice in your home, the better.

    How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Business

    The level of risk posed by mice to a business will vary greatly depending on the type of industry, its size and the legislation requirements for pest control.

    The business impact of pests is well known and can affect brand reputation, customer reviews, employee morale, operational efficiency and ultimately revenue and profits.

    When it comes to pest control, most businesses cannot afford to waste time experimenting with their own version of mouse control - the risks are too high.

    Instead, you should rely on a professional service offered by a reputable pest control company. A partnership such as this will help to protect your business long-term against future pest problems and reflect positively on the business from the view of stakeholders, peers and your customers.

  • How To Choose your Pest Control Professional

    To find the right professional pest control company, you need to ensure the entire organization, as well as the pest control technicians are able to fulfill key criteria.

    You should expect the same level of competence and duty of care as provided by any other professional service provider.

    A good pest partner should be able to anticipate and answer all your health and safety concerns. Services and treatments should be tailored to suit your needs as much as possible.

    Crucially a professional should also respect your home, property or business site and operate with the greatest care and attention. He or she should be able to voice any challenges or restrictions right from the start. Equally, as a customer, you should always feel able to voice any concerns and ask as many questions as you need to.

    Key criteria for Selection:

    1. Certifications - licenses and certifications will demonstrate that your treatments are carried out to the highest industry standard practices.
    2. Affiliated associations - membership of recognized industry associations such as the National Pest Management Association will ensure your services are provided by a trained, insured and trusted company, which has to comply with strict membership criteria.
    3. Personal recommendations - even today, word-of-mouth and personal recommendations can be more powerful than a company’s own word. Speak to sneighbors, peers, friends or family to find out about customer satisfaction.
    4. Transparency - complete honesty and transparency early-on regarding the cost, level and duration of treatment required will help you see if the company is reliable.
    5. Expertise & experience - a well established, recognized company can offer a peace of mind in the services provided and its relationship with customers.

  • Why Use Ehrlich?

    With Ehrlich Pest Control, you can be assured of complete pest protection.

    Our focus on control solutions will ensure complete removal of your pest problem. At the same time, our approach to pest protection will help your home or business remain pest-free long-term.

    With over 85 years of experience serving pest control customers, our expertise in the industry should reassure you of the quality of our service and our expertly trained pest control technicians.

    • We tailor our products to target pests by species.
    • We customize our solutions based on the uniqueness of your home, building or business premises - recognizing that every pest problem is different.
    • We use advanced solutions approved by industry governing bodies - helping to ensure reliability and success.
    • Our large network of entomologists and field biologists support the services and products used by our technicians on-site.

Take action

Contact Ehrlich today to get rid of your mouse problem and eliminate any stress or pest concerns you have in your home or business.

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How to get rid of mice in the house

First, realize it’s important to make sure mice cannot enter structures. Get rid of openings in your house, as described earlier. Also, keep clean - rodents will have more difficulty increasing their populations when they do not have enough food, water and shelter. Firewood should not be close to your house.

Keep in mind that even though you can try to get rid of mice on your own, you should really reach out to a pest expert to fix the issue.

How to get rid of mice in walls

Have you heard mouse sounds in your walls? For nests, house mice like using dark spots that are hidden, where they are not likely to be bothered, and where they are close to a good amount of material for their nests. Wall insulation is one source of nest material. If you think mice are in your walls, contact a pest professional who knows how to get rid of mice. Get in touch with Ehrlich today.
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