To help focus our inspection, we questioned the homeowner as to where she saw the droppings. While mice are great at staying out of sight, they leave behind many signs including pellet-shaped droppings. Here, there were droppings throughout the kitchen - . behind the kitchen stove, refrigerator and in the pantry. Suffice it to say, mice had taken over and they were not shy about letting the homeowners know it.
Duct tape to seal a gap around pipe where they should of used steel wool/copper mesh.
After inspecting the home's main level, we began looking in those basement areas directly under the kitchen area. My partner Dave found some mouse droppings in the laundry room that was right under the kitchen and flush against an outside wall.
I went over our inspection to the homeowner, and explained our plan to get rid of this infestation. We were going to start by placing rodent bait stations throughout the home, focusing on those areas where there were droppings since mice are creatures of habit that return to the same locations. The homeowners, who lived in a condominium complex, also needed to contact their management company to repair the exterior areas where there were potential access points. We let the homeowner know that we would be back in two weeks to follow-up with our treatment plan, and let her know that we would stay on the job until the home was rodent-free.
Her husband had already sealed some openings behind the stove and refrigerator, and did it correctly using steel wool and then backing it with expandable foam. Mice can fit through the finest of holes, even one as small as a dime. Mice have no collarbones, so if they can fit their head into a hole, the rest of their body will easily follow. Needless to say, you have to be diligent when looking for mouse entry points.
While Dave was finishing his basement inspection, I ventured outside to look for potential perimeter entry points. As you can see in pictures, the dryer vent needed to be rodent-proofed, and the siding next to the vent was raised enough to allow rodent entry.
I, along with another Cowleys pest control technician, was sent to Highland Park to help a fairly distraught homeowner resolve a mouse infestation. Unfortunately, as temperatures drop, mice and other rodents seek access to home to escape the harsh outdoor elements and to forage for food. For mice, finding food in human habitats is child’s play. Mice can easily bore through cereal boxes and other types of cardboard containers, not to mention pet food that is loft out for the taking.