Mice and other pests can cause significant damage to your home when they build a habitat in the interior. Although a rodent infestation in the interior is a greater cause for concern, an outdoor mouse problem can damage your property and make your yard more hazardous for children and pets. Mice can burrow underground and construct tunnel systems that connect the entrance holes. When you require pest mice control in Barrie, you can employ these tips to keep your property rodent-free.
Identifying the Problem
Several animals and insects can cause holes in your yard, but there are a few signs that point to mice as the culprits. First, you can check your yard at night for evidence of mice scurrying around your yard. Mice are nocturnal, and you probably will not see them outdoors in the daytime. Next, you can look for loose hair or droppings in the area around the hole. Light gray or brown hair from a rodent is easier to see when it’s next to an opening made by mice in the house, and you’ll have better luck examining an outdoor hole for the tiny droppings. Also, you can check for a strong urine odour that indicates mice live underground.
Mice burrow in your yard to find shelter, and when their numbers increase, your property becomes more unstable with multiple holes and underground tunnels. If rodents are allowed to live freely underground in your yard, your turf can begin collapsing in some areas and cause significant damage. Replacing sod and replenishing the soil are expensive projects that can disrupt your family budget.
Cleaning the Yard
Removing the debris in your yard will make your property less appealing to rodents. Mice seek shelter, water and food when they visit your yard, and a clean hard is not a sustainable environment for pests and wildlife. Remove fallen branches, leaf piles and old equipment in your yard and ensure all food waste is properly secured in trash cans. If rodents are making holes near your garden and raiding the harvest, you can install a stainless-steel barrier that’s positioned deep in the ground by the garden to prevent burrowing. Although plugging a mouse hole in your home is a bad idea, you can fill up the gaps in your yard to discourage tunnel construction. Using a combination of small rocks and soil as a filler will make it harder for a mouse to reopen the hole.
One of the oldest methods for treating a mice infestation is still considered a practical option. Mousetraps are inexpensive and relatively easy to set, and you can position them near the holes in your yard to tempt unwelcome guests. Use a protein-rich bait like peanut butter on the trap, and check the traps in the morning and evening for activity. Traps are more useful in the early stages of a rodent invasion and may prevent the problem from escalating. However, a well-developed tunnel system used by a large colony of mice is unlikely to be irradicated by a few traps. If your previous pest control methods are unsuccessful, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact an expert.
Relying on Professionals
The previous techniques can help prevent and treat an outdoor mouse problem, but they’re not 100% effective. DIY products and methods do not treat the source of the infestation, and you can spend a bundle of cash trying to eradicate pests that continue to thrive underground. Relying on professional pest control technicians is the only sure-fire way to remove mice from your yard. At Truly Nolen Canada, we can determine the source of the infestation and ensure your property is protected for the future. Contact us today for a quote.