Mice Extermination FAQ

Mice can be a real nuisance in your Gatineau or Ottawa home. They chew on wires, leave droppings, and can even spread diseases. If you suspect a mouse infestation, don’t panic! Here are the answers to 10 frequently asked questions about mouse extermination:

What are the signs of a mouse infestation?

Look out for these telltale signs:

  • Droppings: Small, dark droppings, about the size of a rice grain, found in cupboards, drawers, or along baseboards.
  • Gnaw marks: Evidence of chewing on food packaging, furniture legs, wires, or even insulation.
  • Nests: Shredded paper, fabric, or other nesting materials tucked away in your attic, basement, or behind appliances.
  • Sightings: Seeing a mouse scurrying across the floor is a sure sign of an infestation.
  • Sounds: Unusual scratching or squeaking noises coming from inside your walls or ceilings, indicating mice activity.
What kind of diseases do mice carry?

Mice can carry diseases like hantavirus and salmonellosis, which can be transmitted to humans through contact with their droppings or urine. They can also trigger allergies and asthma, especially in children.

Should I try to get rid of mice myself?

There are DIY methods available, but they’re not always effective and can be dangerous.  Mice are resourceful creatures, and homemade traps or repellents might not solve the problem entirely. Additionally, some store-bought poisons can be harmful to pets and children if accidentally ingested.

What are some safe and effective methods for mice removal?

Professional wildlife control companies use a variety of safe and effective methods, including:

  • Exclusion Techniques: Sealing up entry points like cracks around foundations, gaps around pipes, and spaces behind vents to prevent mice from re-entering. These techniques are favored by Ontario’s Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF) and Quebec’s Ministry of Forests, Fauna and Parks (MFFP) for their long-term effectiveness.
  • Snap Traps: These traps are placed strategically in areas with high mouse activity and kill mice quickly and humanely. However, professional companies will use traps that meet provincial regulations to ensure safety for pets and children.

Live Trapping and Relocation (When Necessary): In some situations, live traps may be used to capture mice. These mice are then relocated to suitable habitats away from human residences, following provincial guidelines for wildlife relocation.

How much does mice extermination cost?

The cost of mice extermination can vary depending on the severity of the infestation and the size of your home. However, most professional wildlife control companies will offer a free consultation to assess the situation and provide a quote.

Can I prevent mice from coming back?

Once you’ve eliminated the existing mouse problem, there are steps you can take to prevent them from returning:

  • Seal Up Entry Points: Inspect your foundation, siding, and around pipes for any openings and seal them with caulk or steel wool.
  • Store Food Properly: Keep food in airtight containers and eliminate crumbs or spills on countertops and floors.
  • Take Out the Trash Regularly: Don’t let overflowing garbage cans become a food source for mice.
Are there any natural ways to deter mice?

Some people believe natural repellents like peppermint oil or dryer sheets can deter mice. While the effectiveness of these methods is not scientifically proven, they may be worth trying in conjunction with other preventative measures.

Is it okay to use poison to get rid of mice?

Poisons can be dangerous for pets and children if accidentally ingested. Additionally, mice may die inside walls or crawlspaces, creating an unpleasant odor and attracting other scavengers. Professional wildlife control companies will avoid using poisons whenever possible  due to these risks.

What should I do if I see a mice in my house?

If you see a mice, stay calm and avoid cornering it.  If possible, seal the room where you saw the mice to prevent it from entering other areas of your home. Contact a professional wildlife control company to address the issue safely and effectively.

How can I find a reputable mice exterminator?

Look for companies that are licensed and insured, and have experience dealing with mice in your area.  Ask for references and read online reviews before making a decision.

By following these tips, you can get rid of mice in your home and prevent them from coming back. Remember a professional wildlife control company can provide the safest and most effective solution for your mouse infestation. Here at Aspen Wildlife Control, servicing Gatineau and Ottawa, our experienced technicians will develop a customized plan to eliminate mice from your home quickly and humanely. We prioritize exclusion techniques and humane trapping methods that adhere to provincial regulations set forth by the OMNRF and MFFP.  We’ll also recommend preventative measures to seal your home and prevent future infestations, giving you peace of mind and a mouse-free home. Contact Aspen Wildlife Control today for a free consultation!

Additional Tips
  • Keep your basement and attic well-ventilated and lit. Mice prefer dark, damp spaces.
  • Store firewood away from your house. This eliminates potential nesting sites for mice.
  • Keep your lawn and landscaping trimmed. Overgrown vegetation can provide cover for mice venturing close to your home.

By combining professional wildlife control services with these preventative measures, you can effectively address and prevent mouse problems in your Gatineau or Ottawa home.