6 Keys to Successfully Control Mice and Rats

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pc-mice-rats-2There are many pests that can enter the home as unwanted guests, with the most common being mice and rats. These small creatures like to enter the home and make it their own, creating nests, eating your food and wreaking havoc. As a home owner, it is important to learn effective ways to control mice and rats, starting with prevention as well as removal actions. Below are six keys to successfully controlling mice and rats before and after they enter the home.

Preventative Methods

To begin, you want to take preventative action in regards to mice and rats in the home. Do not leave food out on the counter in open containers or leftover food from meals in the home. Ensure areas of the home are sealed with no areas where mice or rats can get inside the home such as window frames, doorways, venting, soffits, etc.


If you feel that mice or rats are in your home, do a little investigating. Check the cabinets to see if any food packages have been chewed through. Check for mouse droppings in dark places such as in the back of cabinets or near indoor garbage cans. Look in the attic and basement areas to see if any nesting has occurred. Listen during the night time hours for noises such as mice running in the attic or in the wall space.

Home Inspection

Once you feel that you have a problem, either having seen signs of rodents or seen the actual creatures, it is time to contact mouse control. Mouse removal Ottawa services will ensure your home is free and clear of mice as well as rats. The home will be inspected fully, with the technician searching for signs of rodents in the home. Once the signs are found, a plan will be put in place for removal.

Removal Process

The removal process will vary based on where the creatures are living as well as the size of your rodent problem. It is best to use mouse control services that are humane and good for both the creature and your home. One-way traps are a great option for capturing the mice or rats in the home. These traps are placed in entry or exit points. The mouse uses the access points and enters the trap, unable to get back out. The traps are then removed and the mice and rats are taken to a remote location far from your home.


Now that the creatures have been removed, it is time to avoid the same problem in the future. Entry and exit points must be blocked off and precautions taken to ensure that such creatures will not enter the home again in the future. A wildlife technician will be able to make suggestions as to what you need to do to keep mice and rats from entering your home again.


The area affected by the mice and rats will also need to be dealt with. Clean up any signs of feces and urine. Replace any chewed wood as well as affected insulation or other materials that make up your home.

Contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control today to learn more about rodent removal service options.


Rats And Squirrels: Commonalities And Common Misconceptions

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Rats and squirrels are among the many animals people have misconceptions about. Rats, most especially, as they have been considered pests since ancient times because of their crop destroying history.

One of the many misconceptions about rats is that they are always dirty. But did you know that a rat actually spends more hours in a day grooming itself than a cat? There are only a part of the rat species which live in sewers, and even then, they only do so to survive. It is also known that rats are clever and smart animals.

Also, in the club of misunderstood animals, come the squirrels. Squirrels are associated with neverending chewing and eating. People think squirrel stomachs are a bottomless pit, and that they will steal and gather everything to satisfy that hunger. This is pure myth, of course.

Squirrels don’t chew just for the pleasure of it. Their incisors constantly grow and that is why they need to chew and rub their teeth against something to trim and sharpen those growing teeth.

It is also common thinking that squirrels destroy trees. Quite the contrary, Eastern grey squirrels are actually great contributors to re-seeding trees, since they bury their seeds in the ground. Sometimes, the nuts are forgotten and grow into trees. These little guys can bury up to 10,000 nuts in the fall and protect them during winter. The forgotten nuts start to grow into trees by springtime.

These two animals belong to the same mammalian order called Rodentia. Rats and squirrels have their incisors which grow throughout their lives.

While somewhat similar, there are many distinguishable characteristics that separate the two. First off is the tail: squirrels have fluffy tails while rats have scaled thin ones. Rats also reproduce much faster than squirrels, and are more agile. Squirrels also spend more time in trees, just like beavers like to stay in the water. Squirrels are also more discreet when it comes to their droppings. It is unusual to see squirrel droppings everywhere; they are usually clustered in one place unlike rat’s.

Knowing the difference in their behaviour is critical especially when you encounter any infestation. There will be different removal techniques that would be apt for each nuisance wildlife species that invades your home.

Should you encounter problems with any¬†rats and squirrels infestation, it is best to give wildlife control professionals a call, especially one that promotes humane removal such as Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. This way you won’t have to sweat about it and risk your health trying to get rid of these little animals. Skedaddle Wildlife Technicians utilize efficient and effective removal techniques that are uniquely crafted based on the characteristics and behaviour of your unwanted guest.