Mice might be adorable in pet stores or within a cage in your house, but when wild mice start to inhabit your attic, it’s usually a big problem for most homeowners. Mice should only be welcome when they’re invited into your home, otherwise, these cute little creatures can cause enormous damage to your property! Not to mention, they’re extremely annoying. If you’ve already got unwanted mice in the attic, you might have already experienced the constant scratching and gnawing that usually happens at night when the rodents are most active. Their teeth are always growing even when their bodies stop at five inches from head to tail. This means that they need to constantly file their teeth down, and nothing within your attic is off limits to a mouse! These furry critters have been known to gnaw through important items like your insulation, PVC piping, and worst of all, electrical wires—causing power outages and even house fires!
If that isn’t scary enough, mice are extremely adaptable creatures and waste no time reproducing once they’ve found a good place to nest in your attic (usually inside insulation). They can breed up to 12 babies at a time, all of which are fully mature after just a few short weeks, which means you could have an infestation on your hands in hardly any time at all! Since mice can carry multiple diseases at once, they pose a serious risk to your health—contaminating your home with their droppings and saliva.
These are the two best ways to get rid of mice in the attic and keep them out for good.
1. Rodent Control
Honestly, nothing beats getting the right professional help. The friendly team at Green Rat Control has over 20 years of experience dealing with rats and mice and all kinds of other dangers in the attic. The pros know exactly what to look for and understand that time is of the essence to prevent infestations. Even if you know what to do, handling the job on your own might take you a while without the proper experience, which may put you and your household at risk of health hazards for a longer period of time. This is not the case with Green Rat Control!
- The team will quickly find and seal all entry points leading mice into your home. This is one of the most important steps in rodent proofing, and you can be sure it’ll be done right the first time.
- They will trap all rodents using methods that are 100% humane and safe for the environment. That means it’ll be safe for you and your pets to stay in your home while the mice are effectively eliminated.
- They sanitize your attic for you. That’s right. Not only will you not have to clean up after mouse droppings, Green Rat Control will also remove and replace all damaged insulation in your attic.
Rodent control shouldn’t be the road less traveled. In many cases, calling in the professionals from the beginning saves you time, money, and less damage to be repaired later. If you want fast, effective results, then this is hands down the best way to get rid of mice in the attic.
2. Follow 4 Steps
It’s not an impossible feat to handle mice on your own. If you know the proper steps to rodent proofing your house, the whole process should produce effective results that will have you crossing your arms with pride when you’re finished. Here’s a guide to the best and ONLY way to get rid of mice in your attic. All steps are detrimental to success. There’s no cutting corners here!
Step 1. Inspect
- First, you need to locate where the entry points are. Ask yourself “how are they getting in?” and find all their access points. Double check your findings if you need to! If you miss even one entryway, the next few steps won’t be as effective, and you may have to start over again. Keep in mind that mice are extremely agile creatures and can enter into your attic through roof tiles, small holes in the exterior, or other parts of your house—from there, climbing through walls to reach the attic. Look for droppings and gnaw marks, both good indicators of a nearby entry point. Also, as mice frequent certain pathways, they start to leave behind noticeable brown grease stains. A disgusting, but useful tip to know as you search for access ways.
Step 2. Seal
- After you find out where all those pesky critters are coming from, it’s time to seal up all the entry points. Use metal mesh and caulking as a blockade, since mice cannot chew through metal, they’ll be trapped outside for good. Just make sure that the holes in the mesh are smaller than 1/4” since mice can fit through holes the size of a dime!
Step 3. Trap
- When it comes to trapping, there are a variety of products on the market, but not all of them are suitable for your needs. Recurring mouse traps are effective for infestations but can be costly. Whereas poisons are cheap, they don’t kill mice right away, leaving them to eventually perish in difficult-to-reach areas like within your walls. However, there’s one trap that remains highly effective whether you’re trapping an infestation or just one sneaky house mouse. The snap trap! The most common trap on the market is still used by professionals today. It’s humane, inexpensive, and fast! Place a delicious glob of peanut butter on the trigger, set it where there’s usual mouse activity (mouse droppings…), and let the trap take care of the rest.
Step 4. Sanitize
- You want to get rid of the mice as soon as possible. This means cleaning up after the critters, or else, it’s like they’re still there. Rid your attic of fecal matter and nests, making sure to wear the proper protective clothing (long sleeves, masks, gloves) to keep your skin safe from allergens and diseases. Cautiously dispose of all dead rodents by what’s safe according to the laws in your area and remember to never handle a dead rodent with your bare hands! Replace all soiled insulation with new materials, and rid your home of any foul odors.
The good thing about mice is that they’re a lot less cautious than most rats. Mice typically let their curiosity get the better of them and usually fall for traps quite easily. This is good news when you’re trying to rid your attic of a mouse infestation, but keep in mind that buying all the required materials can be costly, depending on how much is needed. Your efforts might also be worthless, adding to the expense, if steps 1 and 2 are not fully completed first before trapping. Achieving success will take time and patience, but if you plan to handle the problem on your own, following these steps is the best way to get rid of mice in the attic.
If you’ve already tried following the list above, are struggling to locate entry points, or if you’re wary of the health risks, then it’s probably best to leave it to the professionals. Contact Green Rat Control for a free estimate, and let them handle the dirty steps for you. You’ll achieve effective results without ever having to lift a finger!