Mice Control


Mice, Rat and Rodent Infestations

Mouse in a trap

Live Mice Trapping

Very rarely do we get rid of mice in a live trap. But for those clients that call for a live trap method we can catch them in repeater traps. Sometimes 15 to 20 mice at a time. Most mice jobs we recommend a snap trap or a mini-rex trap. Mice typically only live up to a year and they tend to get stressed out and die in a live trap.

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Secondary Poisoning

Many homeowners like to take the easy way out when getting rid of mice, but in the long run you may do more harm then good. Mice baits or poisons should never be used in the home or attic. Especially if you have pets or young children. Mice or dogs can get very sick if they consume a dead mouse that has been baited with rat poison.

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Mice Nesting in the Attic

One of the most common places homeowners find mice is in their attic. Mice can climb up down spouts and the sides of homes and get into construction gaps in the roof and loose vents. Gang trapping or using several mouse traps is the best solution to get rid of mice in the attic. Permanent solution is to seal the home up.

Mice Control and Prevention

In Ann Arbor, Michigan rats and mice will survive in the wilderness and in urban areas. They are very similar to one another. The eat numerous amounts of food and have 50 to 100 young per year.  There are black rats otherwise known as roof rats as well as brown rats aka Norway rats. Rats will live in city buildings, sewage systems, and pretty much anywhere they can survive. Typically we only deal with rats in the cities because a food source is more prominent in dumpsters and other areas.  Roof rats will live in attics and burrow underneath insulation creating nest.

The most common problem we deal with in Ann Arbor, Michigan are field mice.  Mice are mainly nocturnal rodents but can also be found during the day.  Mice love to live underneath insulation and burrow tunnels through out your attic.  Mice can fit through 1/4" holes making construction gaps on your roof gateways to your attic.

Most field mice and house mouse weigh less than an ounce.  Mice will network through your home and attic, pretty much anywhere they can.  Often the reason mice enter your home is because there is a food source somewhere there.  House mice will eat many types of food but prefer seeds and nuts.  Often we will see egg corns or bird seed scattered through out the attic.  One mouse can't eat a ton, but they will sample many foods causing the spread of diseases. Mice will sample many foods there for defecating everywhere very frequently. Mice ruin more food than they consume. Mice are nocturnal rodents, but sometimes will be seen during the day. They dig and chew like all rodents do and will create many openings on your home.

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Mice Droppings in the Attic

Mice Inspection

Inspecting your entire home or building to locate entry points of the mice, potential entrances, nesting areas, run ways, and damages. Areas we inspect include your roof lines high and low, foundations, walls, gutter lines, eaves, electrical and plumbing lines.

dead mice in traps

Mice Trapping

In the attic we set snap traps or repeating mice traps to catch any left behind mice. After 2 or 3 weeks time we return to remove any set traps in the attic. We then reinspect the home to make sure all of the areas remain sealed up.

mice poison in attic

Attic Clean Up

Some homes that are filled with mice droppings will require a clean up and possible attic restoration. Damaged insulation and dropping need to be removed sanitized and replaced. We also clean out old poison from the attic like the one in the photo.

Mice Nesting in the Attic- How to Get Rid of Them Poison Free

Nuisance Problem: Running through walls and across ceilings is their biggest nuisance to home owners. They also chew wires in the attic causing 25-30 percent of all house fires. They leave droppings and urine behind causing many diseases like salmonella.

Problem Solvers: Poison free mice control is the best technique. Gang trapping mice in the attic and homes is the best way to get rid of mice. Also preventing the mice from coming in is the best way to get rid of mice and keep them out.

How to identify a mice or rat problem in the home?

Just like most animals there will be signs there is a problem. Typically with mice or rats you will see them, hear them scratching, or notice droppings.  When in the attic mice will leave tunnels in the insulation. Usually holes the size of a quarter through out the insulation

When you lay there in bed you may hear scratching in the attic. Often it is mice you hear tunneling underneath the insulation of your attic. The "house mouse" loves to live in your attic. They can climb like all rodents and that includes crawling up and down your walls to your attic space. Mice will use your insulation for nesting material creating pockets to store things like seeds, nuts, and other food sources. Once the mice have gained access into your attic they can cause the following problems:

  • Scratching in the attic
  • Scratching in the walls
  • Mice droppings in the attic
  • Strong odors in the attic
  • Gnawing and chewing of wires
  • Chewing of plumbing pipes
  • Diseases like the Hanta virus

When you discover a mice problem in the attic it is important to take action. Trapping, prevention and exclusion are the best techniques. Discover our poison free mice control methods.

Why do Mice Choose Your Attic to Live in?

An attic provides perfect shelter for mice to live in. It is warm, dry, and keeps them free from predators. It also serves as an area to have babies several times a year. Just like many rodents, mice will store food in your attic. Many home owners don't believe they can have mice in the attic, because they have never seen them in the house. Mice in your house or basement will feel threatened especially if your have pets. Mice can have plenty of access to food on the exterior of your home and don't need the food source you provide them in the home.

What Damages Can Mice Cause in the attic?

besides the annoyance of scratching and scampering in the attic mice can cause significant damage to your attic and your health. Mice are chewers just like all rodents. Mice are known for causing about 25-30 percent of all house fires. They chew on electrical wires and plumbing pipes in the attic. Mice are filled with diseases and the most common disease you can contract from mice being in your attic is the hanta virus.

Common Approaches to Mice Control

Poison Free Mice Control
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  1. Inspection: Perimeter check of the home for all entry points. This includes inspecting the roof, foundation, penetrating pipes, and vents.
  2. Trapping: Set-up of multi cat traps, snap traps or mini-rex traps throughout the attic and basement of the home.
  3. Repairs: Sealing all potential entry points along the foundation of the home and roof line. Installing ridge guard on ridge vents, vents caps on canned vents and screening all other vent styles with galvanized hardware cloth.
  4. Remove Traps: In a couple of weeks you should have the mouse problem under control. If you have any empty traps and the homeowner reports no new activity it is safe to say all the mice are gone.
Poison and Bait Stations
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  1. Service call to home. Installing mice baits or poison packs throughout the attic and home. Installation of bait stations on the outside of the home.
  2. Coming back in three months to install more poison in the attic and around the home.
  3. Then another trip in three months to install more poison.
  4. It goes on and on. Process repeats over and over never getting to the solution of solving your mice problem. This will cost you more money in the long run and provide more problems than good.