Pest Control Services
Mice information & Control Services in Edmonton
For bigger commercial sites, we will send a technician to visit the site and provide free assessment and quotation; for the smaller commercial sites, we can provide quotation over the phone depending on the size of site. For a professional treatment, we will need to carry out an initial treatment followed by regular monitoring and rebaiting program in order to achieve optimum control:
Quarterly/Monthly monitoring and treatment Program:
Following the initial service, we recommended that a monthly/quarterly pest control program be implemented to provide ongoing mouse control. The first visit will be commenced 30 days from the date of initial treatment. Price will depend on the size of the site and mice activity. The monthly service will include internal and external monitoring, servicing equipment and re-baiting as necessary. A report will be submitted following each visit recommending rodent proofing and other safety measures.
Mice Treatment to Residential House:
Our technician carries out rodenticidal baiting treatment. When our technician arrives on site, they carry out an inspection inside the house to locate where the mice are frequenting. Upon determining this, they place out commercial strength poison bait in the areas of activity. This bait is placed in tamper proof stations to ensure that pets and children cannot access the bait. The technicians then carry out a complete inspection of the premises for all potential mouse entry points. They locate and draw these areas to your attention and recommend how they should be sealed.
Hantavirus is a disease carried by deer mice that can spread from the mouse, its droppings, and urine. It cannot be transmitted from human to human, only from deer mouse to human. It is fatal in 65 to 77 per cent of cases. Therefore, we recommend that cleaning up mice droppings be done by professionals. We apply germicidal to neutralize any viruses, and then clean up and remove the droppings. Generally we do this after a mouse treatment has been carried out, so that the mice are gone. Otherwise you will need a few HV cleanups rather than just one.
If you would like to book HV cleanup, please call our office at780- 448-2661 or email us at [email protected]
Most houses have potential entry points that mice can access your house by. These are often around plumbing, electrical wires, vents, doors, attached garages, etc. We undergo through inspection and seal all possible entry points where mice can gain entry and establish runways.
Ecopest is the premier rodent proofing service provider in the Edmonton and the area, please call our office at 448-2661 or email us at [email protected] for more information.
Mice are common in all parts of Canada. They can range in color from dusky grey to tan or brown, and measure overall from 2.5 to 4” long with large ears and long tails. Deer mice are 4 to 9” long, reddish-brown in colour with a white chest, white feet and a bi-coloured tail (brown on top/white on the bottom).
The average life span of a mouse is 18 months. A single female may have as many as eight litters per year, averaging five to six young each. Mice can survive outdoors during the winter under certain conditions, but generally invade buildings when the weather turns cold, to seek both food and shelter. Mice are year round pests. Activity and indoor migration increases as weather get cooler. Deer mice naturally inhabit rural & semi-rural locations, in areas such as fields, pastures & various types of vegetation found around homes & outbuildings. Generally, mice commonly invade garages, attics, sheds, wood piles, crawl spaces, as well as general living quarters of homes. Their ground nests are established in hollow trees, building voids and spaces, unused equipment, cabinet voids, along the sill plate in basements and crawl spaces, log piles, unused furniture, fence posts, and old bird and squirrel nests.
DAMAGE CAUSED BY MICE
Mice can do extensive damage to houses, granaries, restaurants, bakeries – any place food is handled or stored. They will gnaw through wood to gain entrance into buildings. In constructing their nests, mice will destroy fabrics and leather goods, and can cause fires by chewing through the insulation on electrical wires. Mice can also contaminate food with their droppings and urine. Deer mice also present the possibility of introducing Hantavirus through their droppings. They spread such disease as salmonella bacteria (food poisoning) leptospirea (jaundice) and typhus. As well, they carry parasites such as fleas, roundworms and mites. A bite inflicted a mouse should receive prompt medical attention. The droppings from deer mice, also pose a risk for Hantavirus.
Since the contributing factor to a mouse infestation is the presence of food, good housekeeping is essential. This includes the proper storage of foods in sealed jars or tins. In addition all refuse should be stored in containers with tight fitting lids. Seal all openings to the outside, especially those around doors and windows, such as cracks or faulty weather stripping. Improperly installed garage doors, and openings around pipes and electrical wiring also provide entry into a residence for mice. All potential entry points inside should be properly sealed, as well. These include cracks in corners of cupboards, improperly fitted baseboards, openings around pipes and air vents. Generally, using steel wool or a caulking compound to close off access points is sufficient.
Control of Mice
There are several products available from Ecopest Inc. professional developed for the control mice.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions – Mice
Q: Do mice travel under snow?
Q: Can mice climb?
A: Yes, they can climb. They have been known to climb to get into dryer vents and even attics.
Q: Will the mice hibernate in snow?
A: Mice don’t hibernate
Q: How fast do they multiply?
A: Mouse can breed every 3 weeks with 1 to 10 young so extremely fast!
Q: I have cat and dog, but still mice are in my house I don’t know why.
A: Even though these are viewed by mice as predators the mice will enter the home in search of warmth, shelter, food etc. and will attempt to avoid predators internally just as they do externally.
Q: Are the bait attractive to mice?
A: Indirectly yes, but if the home has lots of other food or open garbage, the mice will go for this instead of the bait, so sanitation is an integral part of mice control.
Q: Does the bait have special odour to attract mice?
A: yes to mice, barely noticeable by human
Q: If my mice problem is gone in future, should I discard all the poison bait stations? Are guys coming back to pick them up?
A: No, we do not go back to pick up the bait stations, as it will against the purpose of controlling the mice. Client can just keep the bait station, especially the external large bait station, and make sure they will be rebaited twice per year.
Q: I bought some mouse products in Rona/Home Depot, is that the same stuff compare to your products?
A: No, they are not the same, our poison bait are commercial strength, therefore it will be stronger. They are for pest control companies only.
Q: Do sonic devices work against mice? Do you guys carry any sonic devices?
A: No, we do not carry any sonic devices, as these do not work. Initially it may scare the mice away, but they get used to the noise over time.
Q: Isn’t it better to catch mice alive by using live trap rather than having poison inside the house?
A: Mice will learn to avoid the live and snap traps after some time so poison is preferable. For trap, you have to monitor them on a regular basis, otherwise, if the mouse was trapped, it will become smelly and rotted. For the bait stations, they will be more ECO friendly.
Q: How do you clean up mice droppings?
A: It is recommended that professionals clean up droppings as they can potentially carry viruses. If you are going to clean them yourself, DO NOT vacuum or sweep the droppings as this can cause them to become airborne. Send the client our HV Clean up procedure if needed.
Q: I only noticed a few droppings under the kitchen sink, how can I clean it up by myself?
A: For a small area, (such as only noticed a few dropping in small area, they can clean up with a 10% bleach solution, and exercise caution by using gloves, a mask and eye protection.
Q: Can you tell if you have deer mice by the droppings?
A: Mice droppings aren’t good enough to determine the species. We recommend treating all mouse droppings with caution. Never sweep or vacuum droppings as this can cause them to become airborne.
Q: How do I know if it’s deer mouse
A: Deer mice have a white underbelly, regular field mice and voles do not. Deer mice have been trapped in Edmonton homes and out buildings; however they are most common in rural areas.
Q: Do all deer mice carry the Virus?
A: No, a study in Edmonton areas recently showed that only 4 out of 150 trapped deer mice carried out the Hantavirus. However, to be on the safe side, people should assume all the mice and their droppings/urine are infectious.
Q: What is Hantavirus?
A: Hantavirus is a disease carried out by deer mice that can spread from mouse, its droppings and urine. It cannot be transmitted from human to human, only from deer mice to human.
Q: What is the difference between your tech come to my house for rebaiting service compare to I bring all the bait stations to your office?
A: If our tech goes out for a rebaiting service, they can always re-check the house for entry points, when the house is getting older; it may develop new entry points. Sometimes, your house may more poison bait stations, if so tech will recommend and place out more bait stations on site.
Q: Can I rebait these CBS by myself and also why don’t you provide me with its keys?
A: No you can’t rebait them by yourself as this is a commercial grade poison and one needs a pesticide license to deal with it. We can certainly provide the key, and you can monitor the consumption of bait stations, and make sure they will be rebaited on time.
Q: Can I use expanding foam to keep mice out?
A: This may work temporarily but we do not recommend using it as the mice can chew through it and re-gain access
Q: Can your technician seal the entry points on the job day?
A: Sorry that our technician cannot seal the entry points on the job day, however if you want a professional service, we can send my manager to re-visit your site and provide a quotation for mice the proofing service.
Q: Can I seal the entry points by myself? What would be common materials to seal the entry points?
A: yes, if they are small gaps, cracks, then you can try to seal them by yourselves. If it is an older house with lots of entry points, it might be not worth it and it will be difficult and costly to seal all the entry points; it will be better to use more external large bait stations to reduce the exterior population, therefore it will reduce their chance to getting into homes. Depending on the type of entry points, you can choose to use silicone, steel wool, weather stripping, vent screen etc. For these materials, you can buy them from Home-Depot, Rona, and Canadian Tire etc.
Q: Does mice poison (Contrac) give off gas? Is it safe? How long is it good for?
A: The mice bait is a non-volatile compound which does not get into the air. Therefore when we place them out in the tamper proof stations, there is no danger from the poison. Also, the contract MSDS (material safety data sheet) is available on our website as well, client can download that information.
Q: How long is mice bait good for?
A: The bait is good for 3 month, but active for one year. We recommend replacing the bait ideally every 3 months, as the bait loses its potency. At minimum, the rebaiting should be done twice per year, every spring and every fall.
Q: How many bait stations will they use? (They are concerned about the cost)
A: We can’t tell over the phone, as it is hard to assess and see what is going on at that particular site. The technician will be able to give you an exact number on site, however for an average house, tech will place around 8-12 small stations inside of house. For the external control, they will usually place around 2 ~ 6 external large bait stations. The number of poison bait stations will be depending on the size of house, structure of house, whether the house is new or old, whether it well maintained or not, whether it is in the ravine area or old neighborhood etc.
Q: Where will your tech place out the bait station? I have dog/cat/kids at home.
A: Upon the assessment, technician will place out the stations in the strategic hidden areas, such as underneath the kitchen sink, behind the stove, behind the fridge, etc.
Q: What if by accident, my dog/cat eats a mouse that has been poisoned?
A: The likelihood of secondary poisoning is very low. For the pet to be effected, they would need to eat more than their body weight in mice. (Or the risk of secondary poisoning is negligible, as the pet would need to eat more than their body weight in mice for them to become sick) Also, on the job date, our technician will also show you all the areas where he placed out the bait stations, so that you can always monitor these areas and keep the kids/pets away from these areas.
Q: Where will the mice go after feeding on poisoned bait? Are they going die inside of bait stations?
A: Mice barely die inside of bait stations. Mice has tendency to hoarder food in their, they tend to take a small bite of bait, and carry it back their nests. Most of time, they will consume the bait in their nest. Once they consumed the right amount; the poison bait will make them ill and eventually die. The poison bait will de-hydrate their dead bodies, so that it will not become smelly or rotted.
Q: What if the mice die inside my house?
A: If they do, the poison has a product in it that dries up the mouse so that it doesn’t rot. If you have a smell, the mouse died of natural causes.
Q: how long will the mice job take place?
A: around 1~2 hours
Q: Do you guys guarantee the job?
A: yes, we do provide a 3 month guarantee provided that all the entry points are sealed and all the recommendations are being followed (like sanitation, discard garbage etc). We can send a technician to your place do the follow up inspection after 30 days. Tech will re-check all the entry points and make sure they are properly sealed.
Q: What happens if mice die in my walls?
A: Since they are in a sealed area, the likelihood of them transmitting any disease is very remote. If they have died of natural causes they will most likely rot and cause an odor. If they have died through our poison, they will dry up and not have any odor.
Q: How would I know that they are gone after your treatment?
A: Most often you no longer have droppings and urine of the mice and there is no longer food and other products being chewed Q: How will I know that mice eat the poison bait? A: You will notice the greenish/blue color dropping (color of our bait).
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