Pests We Treat Case Studies: Mice Sneaking into the Siding in Princeton, NJ
A resident in Princeton, NJ was having an issue with mice in her home, so we were sent out to inspect and treat. During our inspection, we found an abundant amount of mice droppings in the laundry room and the boiler room. After inspecting the interior of the home, we went outside to survey the exterior and locate any potential entry points. Sure enough, we found mouse droppings and mouse hair underneath the siding of the home.
Upon a closer inspection, we noticed that there were several wide gaps between the siding and the house. This was how the mice were able to infest the home. Mice can fit through spaces the width of a pencil. How do they do this? Their ribs have a greater capacity to flex than most other mammals, enabling them to flatten themselves temporarily to squeeze through narrow cracks.
First, we carefully cleaned up all the mouse droppings throughout the inside and outside of the home. Next, we installed several rodent bait stations in the boiler room, laundry room, and along the high traffic areas on the exterior of the home. Afterward, we stuffed all the gaps in the siding (as well as all around the exterior) with chew-proof stainless steel mesh and then sealed them in place with a waterproof adhesive. This will exclude the mice from the home. Lastly, we scheduled several follow-up visits to monitor the mice activity and replenish the bait stations as needed.
Her's one entry point.
And another here too!
Mice can fit through an opening the width of a pencil.