Mouse Control in Virginia
Mouse control services are needed when mice have taken over your property. Mice have been around for centuries and are carriers of some terrible diseases. Additionally, they create chewing damage that could lead to electrical fires and their feces and urine make a disgusting mess.
Our local mouse removal professionals are equipped to eliminate mouse infestations in your home or business. We know how to get rid of mice, rats and other rodents, and restore your peace of mind.
Mice are found throughout Virginia. However, we find large populations of house mice, white-footed mice and deer mice living in the Richmond and Charlottesville areas.
Mice aren’t picky eaters and are commonly found in homes and businesses especially when there is heavy vegetation, garbage, debris and other food sources nearby.
Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC is one of the most respected local companies in the Commonwealth for mouse control and removal.
No one wants to have mice, rats or other rodents living in their home or business. Need rat control?
Call us at (434) 260-7077 to speak to one of our local mice control and management professionals.
Mouse Fact: Virginia has three main mouse species that invade homes and businesses, the House Mouse, White-Footed Mouse and the Deer Mouse.
How We Prevent A Mouse Infestation
Our technicians always try to use holistic mouse removal techniques that are safe for you, your family and the environment when providing mouse control services.
There are many steps in removing a mouse infestation. In additional to getting rid of the resident mice in your home or business, we try to locate and seal the mouse entry points. Without this important step you’re likely to have a continuing mouse infestation.
There is a lot more to mouse removal than just setting traps. For every mouse you see, there is usually more hiding within the structure.
We work with our customers to develop the best approach for their mouse problem. Our mouse control methods include setting mouse traps to using mouse bait that is safe to use around the home.
Our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach involves eliminating the mouse infestation, then finding where they are getting into your home or business and sealing up their access points to prevent other mice from entering.
Rodent Diseases & Health Risks
People worry about mice damaging their property by chewing their way into their home and eating food lying around. However, a bigger problem is contracting a disease or other health risks associated with mice, rats and other rodents.
Diseases associated with rodents include:
- Hantavirus – a disease carried by rodents and transmitted to humans through urine or feces. This disease can be fatal.
- Bubonic Plague – almost everybody has heard of the infamous Black Death that hit during the Middle Ages and wiped out much of the human population during that time. It was caused by rats carrying fleas infected with the virus.
- Leptospirosis – a disease that can lead to bleeding in the lungs and is caused by contact with rodent pee.
- Rat Bite Fever – a disease transmitted to humans through rat bites and the bacteria in the rats’ saliva.
- Rickettsial Diseases – this includes diseases such as Typhus and Spotted Fever. It is transmitted to humans by fleas and other biting insects living on rodents.
Signs Of A Mouse Infestation
- Observation. Mice are not usually seen during the day unless disturbed from their protective harbourage or because of intolerable competition from other mice. If mice are seen during the day that usually means a very large rodent population is nearby.
- Burrows Or Nests. Holes in the ground around foundations, plus nests in attics or trees are evidence of a mouse problem.
- Sounds. Noises produced by scurrying mice, scratching in the walls or other noises from nest-building may tip-off the property owner to a mouse problem.
- Gnaw Marks. Mice need to chew and gnaw on wood, plastic and other hard surfaces in order to keep their teeth chiseled down.
- Rub Marks. As rodents move from one location to another, they stay close to vertical surfaces in their environment that they use to assist in their nightly navigation. Therefore, the body oils on a mouse’s fur gets deposited on corners and edges of walls and around holes and gaps they use to enter a wall void.
- Droppings. Mice produce a lot of feces and the presence of their fecal droppings is a surefire way to spot an infestation. When droppings are seen, it is a good practice to have them removed and later inspect to see whether new droppings are found. THE REMOVAL OF Mouse DROPPINGS IS DANGEROUS WITHOUT THE USE OF PROPER RESPIRATORY PROTECTION.
How We Treat For Mice
House mice and White-footed mice are very different in their habits, habitats and behavior, so the first requirement of a mouse treatment program is to correctly identify the mouse and develop a treatment plan that works for that species. Another important treatment component is customer education so the customer understands the concepts of the proposed mouse control program.
Our pest management professionals (PMPs) practice all techniques involved in Integrated Pest Management for rodents. Mouse treatment involves both non-chemical and chemical methods. Some of the more important non-chemical methods are:
- Exclusion and sealing of sites greater than ½ inch (about the size of a dime) using screens, flashing, door sweeps and other materials to keep mice from entering a structure.
- Interior and exterior sanitation to minimize available food and water that supports a mouse population.
- Keeping vegetation thinned out or removed from the perimeter of buildings.
- Removing clutter and any debris that creates hiding places mice can use as harborage.
- Using traps and other mechanical means to remove mice.
Mouse control using chemical products involves baits designed to kill mice. Care must be exercised to ensure that baits are properly placed and the instructions on the product’s label are strictly followed. One of the more common techniques for bait use is to place the bait formulation in a tamper proof rodent bait station that protects the bait from accidental exposure to non-target animals or people.
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