During the cooler winter months, we often see a rise in mice coming indoors for warmth, shelter and food, even here in Northland.
It seems innocent enough, but whether they sneak in through gaps or are brought in and let go by a family cat, mice can cause damage to your home, office and belongings.
Here at Northpest, we’ve dealt with many a mouse problem in Whangarei and throughout Northland over the years, and have put together our top tips for dealing with mice in your home or business.
What you can do to curb your mouse problem
If you’re faced with a mouse infestation, there’s no immediate need to panic. There are several steps you can follow which will help you beat the wee furry pests.
Eliminate points of entry for mice
The first thing to do is to find and seal off the places where mice enter your home.
Mice commonly enter the home through gaps around where plumbing enters the house, such as under the kitchen sink, the bathroom and in the laundry. Mice are notorious for being able to squeeze through tiny holes – an average mouse can fit through a 6mm gap! A great tool to take with you when sealing potential mouse-entry points is a pen. If a pen can fit into a gap, a mouse could probably wriggle its way in too!
Set mouse traps and bait stations
Once you’ve sealed off the entrances and exits, the next step is to set mouse traps or bait stations in high-traffic areas – just look for the mouse droppings.
The best location for a mouse trap or bait station is up against a wall, as mice generally prefer the protection of running with their bodies along a wall edge.
Remove sources of food
Mice are inexorably drawn towards places where they can get a ready meal, and that place is usually the kitchen, where pets are fed or where children leave food lying around.
Check carefully around your house ensuring that mice can’t access anything they might like to eat. Make sure pet food is secured, and pay particular attention to your kitchen, examining your food storage areas and changing food containers if necessary.
Top mouse control products
To help you win the war on mice, Northpest stock a range of products which will give you the advantage. Our Mini-Rex, easy to set mouse traps are the best weapon against mice and will help you deal to these pests easily and effectively, without you getting your fingers snapped in the process!
We also offer a mouse control package deal which includes six mouse bait stations and 12 rodent blocks.
What we can do
If you’ve tried all these steps and still experience a mouse problem at home or at work, Northpest have options which can help.
- We can carry out an initial 6-week mouse control program which consists of us setting up mouse bait in secured, locked bait stations, rebaiting them on a fortnightly basis.
- If you prefer, we can set up the program for you, with our products in place and give you the advice and tools to carry on with.
- If you experience continued mouse problems, we offer an ongoing management program
Northpest are Northland’s pest experts and are here to help you. If you are experiencing any pest problems at all, check out our other services or contact us today. We’re only a phone call or a mouse click away (no pun intended!).