Chicago Pest Control Company Keeps Mice at Bay
It’s that time of year. Temperatures start their steady decline toward freezing in the Chicago area, and mice begin their attempts to enter your home.
Fall is prime time for Chicago pest control companies and mice infestation as rodents look to escape the outdoor chill. In fact, their survival depends on finding a warm place to nest and a reliable food source.
“There are two things that bring mice into a house — cold temperatures and rain,” says Matt Scheffler, owner of highly rated Mice Mob Exterminators of suburban Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
A three-step process
Calling a standard pest-control service likely will get rid of mice this fall and winter, but there is no guarantee they won’t return. Scheffler’s family-owned business specializes in mice abatement, and not only do they set traps to kill the mice, but they also fill in holes around the home's exterior that rodents use as entry points. Finally, they disinfect unoccupied areas of the home, eliminating odors and scent trails.
“It’s all about whether the house is solid,” Scheffler says. “Homes don’t generate mice; they have to be able to get in somewhere.”
The most common access points are holes surrounding outside dryer vents and air conditioning lines, Scheffler says. Mice can enter a home through an opening the size of a pencil eraser.
So, once Scheffler sets traps inside the home, he comes back a few days later to take care of the holes where they have been entering. Waiting a few days ensures living mice aren’t trapped inside the home.
“We want to make sure all the mice are dead or gone before we shut them out,” Scheffler says.
The final step in ridding a home of mice is disinfecting the attic or crawl space. Scheffler uses a product called Sporicidin, which he says not only eliminates foul odors left by mice, but also scent trails used by other mice to find a safe haven.
The cost to rid the average home of mice infestation is $600 to $900, Scheffler says.
“It’s about the average cost of a pest control service contract for one year, but the difference is we offer a one-year guarantee that mice won’t return, and we don’t have to come back every month.”
Signs of infestation
If you notice evidence of a mouse in your home, chances are there are many others also taking up residence. Look or listen for the following signs of infestation:
- Droppings — Mice leave dark brown or black droppings around nesting areas and food sources. The amount of droppings you find is usually a good indication of how many mice are in the home.
- Bite marks — If you notice gnawing marks on furniture, doors or wood trim, it may be the work of mice.
- Tracks — Mice can leave greasy footprints and tail tracks along dusty floors and walls.
- Squeaking — Mice are most active during the evening. Listen for squeaking or other noises coming from inside walls, the attic or crawl space.
- Odor — Mice urine and droppings have a pungent and unmistakable odor. If you suddenly notice a foul smell in your home, it could be a sign of infestation.
For more information, and tips on hiring an exterminator, visit the Angie's List Guide to Household Pest Control.