If you call over a pest control specialist for a mouse infestation, the first thing he will do is perform an inspection. The inspection process will help him determine the extent of the infestation, the species responsible, and the best control method to use.
It all starts with finding the right pest control company. Make sure that you shop around for quotes and that you check references so that you find the best team for the job. You then set up an appointment with the company, and a pest control pro will show up to perform the inspection, which will begin with the exterior of the home. Here the pest control specialist is looking for any holes or cracks that may have been used by the mice to enter the home.
The inspection process then moves indoors. Mice will gnaw on various surfaces throughout the building, and they will leave grease marks as they travel. These marks can be an indication of where the mouse activity is heaviest. The pro will also inspect any food that has been eaten by the mice. Droppings are another great indicator of mouse activity, and determining the areas of the home that have the most activity will be essential later on when setting up traps and baits.
Finally, the inspector will make sure that you are dealing with mice and not rats. Rats are much bigger than mice, so mouse traps will not really affect them. As such, determining the species responsible for the infestation is crucial.
The inspection process will also help determine the size of the infestation and the subsequent control method that will be used. Smaller infestations can be tackled with traps, which have the benefit of keeping the dead mouse in place. Poisons have the major disadvantage of killing the mice in unknown locations. For example, a mouse may become poisoned, and a few hours later, it will die inside the wall. This makes the clean up part of the control process more difficult. However, poisons are the best way to tackle large mouse infestations in a relatively short period of time.
If you have noticed some of the signs that you have a mouse infestation, it’s best to call a pest control pro right away. Mice are capable of spreading dozens of diseases, damaging the home and reproducing very quickly. Contact us today if you suspect that you have a mouse infestation and we will set up an appointment right away.