DO MY OWN PEST CONTROL - DIY MOUSE CONTROL
This lovely 18 year old home has housed several families including humans. That’s right it has also been home to a few raccoons, and probably 30 to 50 mice and 3 wasps nests (all in the past 4 years since the new human owners moved in). Fortunately, since 2012 the home has only knowingly allowed humans to enter. Go here to learn more about Raccoons in the attic.
Problem Mouse In The House
While the house is built to perfection and is gorgeous both in and out, mice were getting in without much resistance. The wildlife control folks informed – where you have mice you attract the interest of Raccoons – and so this house quickly became a multiplex with humans in the main living space, Raccoons eating mice in the attic and mice in all the passage ways of all the walls from basement to attic. Think it can’t happen to you! Look in your phone book at the Wildlife control listings. This is a thriving career and for a good reason!
After spending $900 to rid of a Raccoon and keep it out – that was cheap since this house was frequented by a Male Raccoon as a bachelor pad thank goodness. If a family with babies was present the removal cost and damage assessments would have risen significantly.
Another $1000 to Caulk Brick/Soffit Gaps (that is a tube of exterior caulking for every few linear feet of soffit meeting brick) to keep out Bats and Mice who scale the exterior brick walls and waltz into the attic and rest of the house.Totally worthwhile and necessary prevention. Hire the pros for this as it involves working on a ladder and is very physical.
The home owner thought this solved and cured the wildlife issues. It did not.
Dealing With Mice
Dealing With Mice
Their daughter moved back from university and took up a room in the basement, soon she complained of mice droppings in the closet and carpeted floor of her room. The invasive and disturbing noises in the walls heard for the months the daughter was away began to be understood by the home owners. So out comes a second Wildlife Control company. A good Wildlife Removal Company is worth its weight in gold and this company is one of those. They are removal and prevention pro’s that home owners all over North America would be in big trouble without. They came out and did an inspection that you can see on the right (click to enlarge). The previous company came to remove a Raccoon in the attic and suggested we caulk the soffit to save on future damage and removal for mice and bats. This guy was right and the second company picked up on this in their assessment. For field mice in house however, the home owners still had other preventative measures to perform as well as the need to extract the current house mice tenants. The quote came in at $2,200 to do all this work and the home owner just didn’t have the coin. They paid for the assessment, stressed about what laid ahead and started to investigate ways to do it themselves. In the process they discovered Rid-O-Mice. They bought enough to install the device in all of their Weep Holes minus the ones they could not get at which were buried behind their deck. It cost them less them $50 to buy the product and they were able to insert them by themselves. They also examined some areas in the foundation and wall that needed caulking and filled those in. From the inside of the house they used store bought devices to eradicate those that remained.
I Want To Get Started Installing My Weep Hole Inserts
The quicker I do this the quicker I shut mice out of the easiest way in and I prevent lots of potential problems without sacraficing my walls needed ventilation - Now That Is A Win!
Last year we bought a 30 year old home and our home inspector pointed out the house had signs of mice. Just the thought of that didn't appeal to us but everything else about the house was right for us. Fortunately our home inspector gave us great information on how we could prevent the mice from getting in. That is when we met Rid-O-Mice who helped us protect our largest investment.
F. PERRY - Pittsburg
We had elongated weep holes... meaning the weepholes extended above and below the actual brick. We were able to purchase some spare stainless inserts and cut them to fill in the gaps created by the abnormal height of the weep holes. Not all were like this but some were and it worked perfect!! See Wes's blog post with pictures here - Elongated Weep Holes
Wes Grands - Pensicola
It seems like a couple of times each year I was battling with the odd mouse. I set traps along the outside walls and had to resort to poison where I noticed their beautiful brown pellets usually in the furnace room but also under our dishwasher. That seemed to work temporarily. A friend of mine in the pest control business told me about Rid-O-Mice so I asked him to come by and take care of it. Haven't had any issues since.