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Mice Control From Attics and Homes

 

 

In Michigan, both rats and mice thrive in diverse environments, from wilderness to urban settings, exhibiting similar traits. Their rapid breeding cycles, with females birthing 50 to 100 offspring annually, contribute to their pervasive presence. Urban areas commonly host black rats (roof rats) and brown rats (Norway rats), which inhabit various locations like city buildings and sewage systems. Roof rats particularly favor nesting in attics and burrowing beneath insulation.

The prevalent rodent concerns in Michigan often involve field mice and deer mice. These nocturnal creatures are skilled at creating nests under insulation and tunneling through attics, capable of squeezing through tiny 1/4" holes, commonly found in construction gaps on roofs.

Field mice and house mice, typically weighing less than an ounce, are known for traversing homes and attics in search of food. House mice, with their varied diet, tend to leave behind scattered food remnants like acorns or birdseed. While individually they may not consume much, their sampling behavior spreads diseases through frequent defecation. Moreover, their nocturnal activities, including digging and chewing, contribute to structural damage.

Mice's tendency to scurry through walls and ceilings, along with their penchant for chewing wires, poses significant risks to homeowners, as wire damage is a leading cause of house fires. Additionally, their droppings and urine can transmit diseases such as salmonella.

To effectively address mouse issues, prioritizing poison-free control methods is recommended. Employing gang trapping techniques in attics and homes, supplemented by preventative measures to seal entry points, proves effective in resolving current infestations and deterring future ones.

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Mice Nesting in the Attic- How to Get Rid of Them Poison Free

How to Identify a Mice Problem in the Home

Just like most animals, there will be signs there is a problem. Typically with mice you will see them, hear them scratching, or notice droppings. When in the attic mice will leave tunnels in the insulation. Usually holes the size of a quarter throughout the insulation.

When you lay there in bed you may hear scratching in the attic. Often it is mice you hear tunneling underneath the insulation of your attic. The "house mouse" loves to live in your attic. They can climb like all rodents and that includes crawling up and down your walls to your attic space. Mice will use your insulation for nesting material creating pockets to store things like seeds, nuts, and other food sources. Once the mice have gained access to your attic they can cause the following problems:

  • Scratching in the attic
  • Scratching in the walls
  • Mice droppings in the attic
  • Strong odors in the attic
  • Gnawing and chewing of wires
  • Chewing of plumbing pipes
  • Diseases like the Hantavirus

When you discover a mice problem in the attic it is important to take action. Trapping, prevention, and exclusion are the best techniques.

House Mouse  (Mus musculus)   gets into the room through a hole in the wall

How to get rid of Mice in the attic?

Just like most ways of the wildlife control industry, there is a right way and wrong way to get rid of mice from the attic. Many pest control companies take the lazy approach to solving your mice infestation problem by laying poisons throughout your home and attic. Getting rid of mice can be that simple, but you are doing more harm than good. Your attic will be filled with dead rotting mice causing horrible smells, maggots, and flies. If a poisoned mouse makes it into your home your pets may be at risk of secondary poisoning. Quarterly mice programs offered by pest control companies will end up being more expensive and less efficient in the end. When getting rid of mice from your attic we take a different approach. Below are the steps we take to get rid of mice infestations.

  1. Inspection: Inspect your entire home or building to locate entry points of the mice, potential entrances, nesting areas, runways, and damages. Areas we inspect include your roof lines high and low, foundations, walls, gutter lines, eaves, and electrical and plumbing lines.
  2. Live Exclusion: This consists of sealing all possible entry points on the outside of the house and setting up one-way exit doors. The mice can run out, but can not get back in.
  3. Trapping: In the attic, we set snap traps or repeating mice traps to catch any left-behind mice. Sometimes simple drops of peppermint can drive mice out of your attic because they are allergic.
  4. Trap Removal: After 7-10 days time we return to remove any set traps in the attic as well as one-way trap doors. We then reinspect the home to make sure all of the areas remain sealed up.
  5. Clean Up: Some homes that are filled with mice droppings will require a clean-up and possible attic restoration. Damaged insulation and dropping need to be removed sanitized and replaced.

Why Choosing Poison-Free Mice Removal and Control is a Better and More Humane Method

Rat poison for mice control can result in a slow and painful death for the rodents that consume it. Often times it can take up to 14 days for a mouse or rat to die once they consume the poison. Mice do not choose where they die. Decaying rodents will leave a horrific odor that can last for weeks or months. Mice are not looking for water outside the attic or house to drink and die. These are only what some will tell you. Cats and dogs that eat mice after they consume poison are secondary poisonings that could result in your pet becoming sick or even dying.

Quarterly Mice Poison Programs Cost More Over Time

Many pest control companies offer quarterly or yearly treatments or poison programs. Each time you are required to pay a service fee and a treatment fee. After a year's time, you will end up paying hundreds and even thousands of dollars for dead mice/rats in the attic. We recommend taking a proactive approach and preventing the mice from returning with outside entry point repairs.

Common Mice Control Questions in Michigan

An attic provides perfect shelter for mice to live in. It is warm, and dry, and keeps them free from predators. It also serves as an area to have babies several times a year. Just like many rodents, mice will store food in your attic. Many homeowners don't believe they can have mice in the attic, because they have never seen them in the house. Mice in your house or basement will feel threatened especially if you have pets. Mice can have plenty of access to food on the exterior of your home and don't need the food source you provide them in the home.

Besides the annoyance of scratching and scampering in the attic mice can cause significant damage to your attic and your health. Mice are chewers just like all rodents. Mice are known for causing about 25-30 percent of all house fires. They chew on electrical wires and plumbing pipes in the attic. Mice are filled with diseases and the most common disease you can contract from mice being in your attic is the hantavirus.

If you see many signs of mice, we would recommend hiring a professional exterminator. It's more expensive than doing it yourself, but getting the correct poison-free pest control company in will save you time and make sure the job is done correctly. 

As we mention in the rights and wrongs of how to control mice, we always recommend the poison-free method. If you are going to use a company that only exterminates with poisons it's best to keep the poison out of your home or attic. Exterior bait stations around the home could be an effective way to solve a mice problem, but the stations need to be locked so pets and other wildlife can't get into them. Also, choose a company that is going to give you a free mouse inspection

Due to the fact mice are chewers, you can never really permanently get rid of mice. The best method for mice control is preventative maintenance. Once a year you should go around the home and look for pipe penetrations and other quarter-inch holes that lead into your home or attic. Sealing these holes will certainly help to keep mice out. 

Chances are if you see a mouse you probably have more nearby. Mice live in walls and attic spaces. Typically mice can have 40-50 mice per year. This means at any given time you could have 5 to 6 mice or potentially hundreds. 

Mice are nocturnal. They are most active during the night, however, you will see them during the day as well. 

During the fall and winter, most homes will encounter a mice problem at some point. Mice only need a 1/4" to get into your home. There are plenty of potential entry points on any given home, new or old. 

Mice can enter your home high or low. Mice enter your home through cracks in the foundation, penetration pipes, corner molding gaps, under decks and porches, etc. Mice enter your attic through gaps in the roofline, ridge vents, gable-vents, etc. Look for gnawing or grease marks outside of the openings.  

How Much Does it Cost to Get Rid of Mice?

Our mice control programs are much different than most exterminators or pest control companies. We do not come to your home and lay poison baits all over them home. This technique is very lazy and can end up costing you more money in the long run. We offer a seasonal mouse program where we can set traps in your home, attic, garage, or basement. Our objective is to locate points of entry from the exterior of the home and inside the attic. We initially charge a home inspection and trap set fee. Price could range from $300-$500 depending on the location of your home and the difficulty of the job. Upon inspection of the home we strategically place traps in areas where the mice are nesting. Typically 7 to 10 days later we will return to check all of the traps and make sure the outside repairs are in good standing. The cost of repairs on the home for mice prevention will vary from home to home depending on the steepness of the roof, lineal footage of caulking, number of repairs, etc. For a more detailed price click on the free quote button.

Mice Removal Pricing Guide- How We Do It

Just Get Mice Out

$400-$800+ /Exclusion

  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Roof-Vent Sealing
  • Clear Sealant/ Black Foam
  • Mice Trapping

Keep Mice Out

$800-$1,200+ / Exclusion

  • 3 Year Warranty
  • Roof-Vent Screen
  • Color Match Caulk
  • Mice Trapping

Keep Mice Out For Good

$1,200+ / Exclusion

  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Premium Vent-Guard Covers
  • Full Home Exclusion
  • Mice Trapping
  • Attic Clean-out

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We service over 14 counties in Michigan for mice removal projects. See our service area to see if we are in your area. Looking for a professional wildlife control expert specializing in the mice removal process, but not sure who to hire? Click here for information on hiring a wildlife control expert.

If you have a mice problem and you live in Michigan we service you. Common areas we serve throughout our service area are: Bay City, Dewitt, Eagle, Elsie, Fowler, Maple Rapids, Ovid, St. Johns, Westphalia, Bellevue, Charlotte, Dimondale, Eaton Rapids, Grand Ledge, Mulliken, Olivet, Potterville, Sunfield, Vermontville, Waverly, Burton, Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Goodrich, Grand Blanc, Linden, Montrose, Mount Morris, Otisville, Swartz Creek, Dansville, East Lansing, Lansing, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Stockbridge, Webberville, Williamston, Jackson, Grass Lake, Almont, Attica, Clifford, Columbiaville, Dryden, Imlay City, Lapeer, Metamora, North Branch, Otter Lake, Argentine, Brighton, Fowlerville, Hartland, Howell, Pinckney, Whitmore Lake, Armada, Center Line, Chesterfield, Clinton, Eastpointe, Memphis, Mount Clemons, New Baltimore, New Haven, Romeo, Saint Claire Shores, Shelby, Sterling Heights, Utica, Warren, Midland, Carleton, Dundee, Estral Beach, Luna Pier, Maybee, Monroe, Petersburg, South Rockwood, Auburn Hills, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson, Commerce Twp., Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Franklin, Holly, Lake Orion, Madison Heights, Milford, Novi, Oak Park, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, South Lyon, Southfield, Troy, Walled lake, Wixom, West Bloomfield, Wolverine Lake, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Merrill, Oakley, Saginaw, St. Charles, Zilwaukee, Bancroft, Byron, Corunna, Durand, Lainsburg, Lennon, Morrice, New Lothrop, Owosso, Perry, Vernon, Akron, Caro, Cass City, Fairgrove, Gagetown, Kingston, Millingston, Reese, Unionville, Vassar, Ann Arbor, Barton Hills, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti, Canton, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth, Wayne, Westland. For more areas we service visit our locations page.

Other Nuisance Wildlife We Service

Bats

Bat Removal Service

Humane Bat Removal

Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera; with their forelimbs adapted as wings, they are the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. Bats harbor more viruses than rodents and are capable of spreading disease over a wider geographic area owing to their ability to fly and their migration and roosting patterns. Bat-borne viruses are transmitted via bat bite and transfer via saliva, as well as aerosolization of saliva, feces, or urine. Bats invading human living and working spaces will normally offensively attack by biting and urinating on the victim to mark the victim's location.

Birds

Bird Control Service

Humane Bird Removal

Birds in Michigan can sometimes cause more damage than any nuisance wild animal. There nest are filled with bacteria and fungi. It has been suggested that there are over 60 other diseases that birds and their droppings can carry: Histoplasmosis, Candidiasis, Cryptococcosis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Salmonellosis and many more. The problem is especially worrisome in residential areas, as many of them are airborne and can be transferred to humans just by being around droppings. The birds we generally deal with that give problems to homeowners and industrial buildings are pigeons, chimney swifts, starlings, sparrows, and swallows and woodpeckers.

Mice

Mice Control Service

Poison Free Mice Removal

A mouse, plural mice, is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. They give birth to a litter of 3–14 young . One female can have 5 to 10 litters per year, so the mouse population can increase very quickly. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse. Mice can get inside homes to get warm and to build nests in hiding places that provides them with easy access to food. Living with mice can create several problems and make life much more uncomfortable in your home. Mice are known to carry a number of diseases that can spread to humans, such as: Leptospirosis, Hantavirus , Salmonella, Plague and many more.

Raccoons

Raccoon Removal Service

Humane Raccoon Trapping

The raccoon is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. The raccoon is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of 16 to 28 inches and a body weight of 11 to 57 lb. Raccoon's are probably the most recognized animal in the Michigan wildlife. They are great climbers and are found in dumpsters, sheds, garages, factories, chimneys and house attics. Raccoon's are primarily nocturnal scavengers in the cities looking through dumpsters and garbage cans for food. They will also eat fish and other small wildlife. Raccoon's look for areas in your attic or chimney to build their dens, often times to have their young. Raccoon's are loud walking around in attics. They destroy insulation and defecate all over the attic. They carry many disease like rabies, distemper, and their feces carries eggs of roundworm which can hatch and become harmful to humans.

Squirrels

Squirrel Control Service

Humane Squirrel Removal

Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae, a family that includes small or medium-size rodents. There are different types of squirrels in Michigan. Red squirrel, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, black squirrel, chipmunk, and flying squirrel. Squirrels feast on pine cones, bird seed, egg corns, walnuts, and during Halloween pumpkins. Sometimes squirrels will live in soffits and attics. They bring hazardous material into your attic and can also damage the insulation with nesting, droppings and urine. It’s very important to know that 25-30 percent of all house fires are caused by rodents chewing on the wires inside your attic and walls. Besides, they can carry many diseases communicable to humans such as: plague, Colorado tick fever, encephalitis, tularemia, and louse-borne typhus.

Skunks

Skunk Removal Service

Humane Skunk Trapping

Skunks are North and South American mammals in the family Mephitidae. Skunks are recognizable with their black and white stripes. Generally skunks live under deck and porches. They dig holes and create dens underground and feast on grubs and other insects below your soil. They also get into your garbage looking for food. Skunks are near sighted animals and use their sense of smell to maneuver around. Skunks will spray an unbearable odor out their anus up to 10 feet if they feel threatened. A warning sign skunks feel threatened is by stopping their feet and raise their tail. If this happens, back away slowly. Besides, skunks will spray your dog or cat if they feel threatened. The most harmful disease they can pass to humans and pets too is rabies.

Groundhogs

Groundhog Removal Service

Humane Groundhog Trapping

The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae . You will find groundhogs in open plains or digging holes and living underground. Groundhogs are found living under decks, in rock walls, and in hills. They are vegetarians and eat plants, grass, flowers, and other vegetation. They dig holes under sidewalks and rock walls creating the cement and rocks to come tumbling down. Groundhogs live under decks close to homes so they are often found pestering pets. They can also carry groundhog ticks, which spread Lyme disease to humans.

Beavers

Beaver Removal Service

Humane Beaver Trapping

The beaver (genus Castor) , is a large, primarily nocturnal and semiaquatic rodent. In fact they are the second-largest rodent in the world , just after the capybara. Beavers maintain and defend territories, which are areas for feeding, nesting and mating. Beavers are major nuisance animals around crops, homes, and forest. They chew down hundreds of trees and cause home owners problems to their forestry. The major problem is the damns they build. Damns will cause flooding into yards around homes and sometimes create flooding in basements which can cause major damage to the home.

Coyotes

Coyote Removal Service

Humane Coyote Trapping

The coyote (Canis latrans) is a canine native to North America. It is smaller than its close relative, the gray wolf. Coyotes are carnivorous and prey on rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, chickens and other small animals. Among large North American carnivores, the coyote probably carries the largest number of diseases and parasites such as: rabies, canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, four strains of equine encephalitis, and oral papillomatosis. Coyotes are known to live in woods and secluded areas, but in Michigan they are found in urban areas and cities preying on house pets like dogs and cats.

Fox

Fox Removal Service

Humane Fox Trapping

Foxes are small-to-medium-sized, omnivorous mammals belonging to several genera of the family Canidae. Foxes are generally smaller than other members of the family Canidae such as wolves and coyotes. Fox are predators and prey on chickens, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and other small animals. The most common disease they can transmit to humans is toxocariasis from the roundworm. Two types of fox in Michigan are usually spotted, the grey and red fox. Like coyotes fox have become urbanized and prey on home owners small dogs and cats. If dog food is left out they will even eat that.

Muskrats

Muskrat Removal Service

Humane Muskrat Trapping

The muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), is a medium-sized semiaquatic rodent native to North America . They can grow up to two feet long .In Michigan muskrats live in rivers, streams, and ponds. Muskrats generally eat vegetation like weeds and cattails, but sometimes they will even eat small fish and frogs. Muskrats burrow into walls of ponds creating caving, sliding, and erosion. They also destroy vegetation in home owners ponds. We have found muskrats living in coy ponds eating fish and destroying pumps and heaters. Muskrats are known carriers of a number of diseases: Tularemia, leptospirosis, ringworm, pseudotuberculosis and many more.

Opossums

Opossum Removal Service

Humane Opossum Trapping

The opossum is a marsupial of the order Didelphimorphia , endemic to the Americas. Opossums are usually solitary and nomadic, staying in one area as long as food and water are easily available. In Michigan Opossums are the only marsupial, meaning they have a pouch that they carry their young in. They have long prehensive tails which gives them another limb to use for hanging. Opossums are usually found under decks and in sheds. Opossums give off a strong odor and often times find places like your garage or under your deck to die. No one likes the smell of a decaying animal. They also get into dog food and annoy home owners pets. Opossums carry diseases such as tuberculosis, relapsing fever, tularemia, spotted fever, toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis, trichomoniasis, and Chagas disease. Opossums are hosts for cat and dog fleas, especially in urban environments.

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