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.
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. They performed an inspection that you can see on the left (click to enlarge). The previous company came to remove a Raccoon in the attic and suggested they caulk the soffit to save on future damage and prevent 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. 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 header board. 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.
The mouse problem stopped, no further work has been done and this family is now wondering what the squirrels and birds have up their sleeves which may lead to a future Wildlife Control call to the Pros who will know the next move.
And that is how this family saved over $2,000 on their ‘problem mouse in the house‘ budget.
Whether you are aware of having mice in your home or not this family advises you install the weep hole inserts as a preventative measure. Doing so can lead to saving your money, and the hassle of dealing with disturbing noises in your walls and attics, damage to your home, unsightly destruction and droppings, potential health risks and the fact that once you have them they have an amazing survival mechanism you will have to reckon with – when they sense they are being trapped and killed – rapid reproduction kicks into gear.
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.
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
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.