How to Get Rid of Mice in the Walls
Even one mouse can do serious damage to your walls. Suspect you have a mice infestation as we speak? Read on to learn how to get rid of mice in the walls!
Mice in the walls
No one wants to be awakened by scratching sounds coming from behind their walls. No matter how much you try to ignore it, the thought of mice in the walls is a reality.
Unfortunately, mice tend to build their homes inside the walls of your home. Their nests generally consist of everyday scrapings they have pulled together. Scrapings like torn newspaper, insulation, fabric and wood chips, to name a few.
Mice will generally build their nests within the walls near a close exit point where they can get in and out quickly. Mice can scamper through the tiniest holes, so look for urine and mice droppings to determine their entry point into the wall.
It is also important to determine where the mice are entering your home.
Keeping Mice out of Your Home
Preventing mice from entering your home in the first place requires preventive measures.
Mice can get in through the smallest cracks or biggest openings. Take a walk around your home and look for cracks in the walls and windows. If there’s an opening, they’ll get through it. This is the best way to get mice in the walls of your home.
Be proactive and seal all cracks and holes that you find.
Although mice are most active during the nighttime, it doesn’t mean they aren’t opportunists. Leaving doors and windows open, which do not have screens, is a great entry point for mice.
They can also dash in when garage doors are open.
Don’t make your home a magnet for mice. Make sure trash cans are closed and don’t leave pet food out. It is also a good idea to keep your garage clutter free and clean.
If these measures don’t work and you find you have unwelcome guests, the first order of business is to get rid of them before they begin to multiply.
A mice infestation can wreak havoc on your home.
What to Do When You Have Mice in the Walls
You’re pretty sure the scratching sound you hear coming from the walls is indeed mice. Now you must plan a course of action to get rid of them.
The worst thing you can do is allow the mice to die within the confines of the walls. Dead mice will create a horrible smell that takes time to get rid of. If mice die within your walls and you don’t want to wait it out, it can be very costly to have the rotting carcasses removed.
Upon the first signs that you may have mice in the walls, devise a plan to get rid of them quickly.
There are several options on the market you can try yourself before calling in a professional exterminator.
Snap Traps vs. Sticky Traps
Capturing mice is not always an easy feat. During the daytime mice usually stay hidden. Most likely in your walls. Most do not venture out until night time where they have a tendency to run along walls.
When setting any form of trap, it is important to place them close to walls and along cabinet baseboards.
Most everyone is familiar with the original wooden snap traps. The more modern versions are easier to set, snaps quicker and has a greater success rate.
Let’s face it, the goal of the snap trap is to kill mice and not everyone wants to deal with the clean-up process.
The other option is sticky traps. Sticky traps, which come in different sizes, have a sticky, gooey substance that traps the mice, but doesn’t kill them.
This is probably not for the squeamish either. Sometimes the mouse isn’t fully captured on the trap and if he can maneuver away, often frees himself from the trap.
These devices emit an annoying noise that bothers mice, but cannot be heard by humans. But do they work?
The jury is still out on whether ultrasonic devices have a long lasting effect when it comes to the removal of mice in the walls.
They can be a little costly. The devices can range from $19.99 to $39.99. You plug them into an electrical outlet near the area where you hear the mice. The device emits ultrasonic waves generated by the electricity.
Once the mice encounter the ultrasonic waves they evacuate the area. The question is, will they return or relocate to another place in the home.
Setting out Bait
Mice bait is poison. No way around that. It is typically placed inside a bait station. A mice bait station is often triangular in shape. After eating the bait the mice die anywhere from 24 to 48 hours later.
The bait stations are reusable, which mean the bait itself can be sold separately. This also means the bait can be used without the station. When using mice bait, please keep away from children and pets.
As we mentioned above, the last thing you want to do is have mice dying within your walls.
Mice bait is very effective, but you also run the risk of the mice retreating back inside your walls and dying there. So be careful when placing it inside your home.
What Is the Quickest, Safest, Easiest Way to Get Rid of Mice?
We’re glad you asked. It’s quite simple…leave it to the professionals.
Rats and mice can be frustrating but did you also know that they can carry disease? This is another reason why it is important to rid your home of them. Now add this to the destruction that can be caused by mice in the walls.
Quick effective action by the pros at Ellsworth Pest Control can not only get rid of the rodents, but we can also provide you with great proactive tips.
We give our clients in the Frisco, Plano and McKinney area three perfect plans to choose from. Our plans cover a wide range of home pests.
So whether you are dealing with mice in the walls or an infestation of insects and bugs, we are here to help.
Go ahead and contact us today. We offer same day service for new and existing customers.