When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing many people would rather do than curl up inside where it’s nice and warm with tea and treats – but you’re not the only one who wishes they never had to go outside again. This is the time of year when rodents like mice and rats come calling, driven out of their outdoor nests by necessity, seeking food and shelter in your toasty, welcoming home. Mice are warm-blooded mammals, but unlike squirrels, they do not hibernate, instead moving indoors where they can continue to find food throughout the cold months.
If you know you have rodents, before you contact pest control, try to identify the species of rodent in your home. Mice and rats are similar in some ways, as both will run along walls when they travel and both leave oily rub marks where they squeeze through holes. However, rats tend to be considerably larger and they also tend to be shy, avoiding new objects, whereas mice are curious and will often inspect new objects. This difference in behavior changes the way you lay traps; whereas mice can be enticed with bait (contrary to popular believe, they prefer fruits and seeds to cheese), traps for rats have to be laid in their traffic paths. If you can’t tell yourself, a Toronto pest control company like Power Pest Control will be able to identify the species after an inspection.
When it comes to mice removal services, you will want to make sure that you trust a business that knows what they are doing. High quality pest control companies hire highly qualified technicians that can get the job done each and every time, thoroughly inspecting your home and also implementing exclusion techniques to stop the problem from coming back. For example, one of the services offered by Power Pest Control is filling any entryway the size of a golf ball or smaller. The company should have certified staff that are armed with years of experience and the appropriate licensing from the Ministry of Environment.
You should also seek out options when it comes to service plans for Toronto pest control, as rodent problems may be more severe if you live next to a woodlot or share a party wall with another home. A good company would offer checkup plans for either six months or a year, with the 12-month option being the best for recurring problems. Once it is known that a home is a prime target for mice infestation, the best thing is to make sure that there are regular checks to prevent any further problems, in addition to taking measures to make sure they can’t get back in.
The most important thing when it comes to mice removal is making sure that the company stands behind their products and services with a warranty. This is proof that the pest control company isn’t looking to come back again and again on your dime – they want to get it right the first time.