These bait boxes were set up on a previous service call to control mice in the past. I thoroughly inspected other parts of the home and could find no evidence of other rodent activity. Fortunately, the rodent activity was limited to the basement area only. All the RTUs were then inspected and re-baited where needed. While there, I thoroughly inspected the exterior perimeter of the home to determine potential access points into the basement.
Any access points were sealed. Finally, I set up a larger Low Profile (LP) rodent bait box (see picture) on the exterior by the garage to attract mice before they attempted to enter the home. Based on similar jobs, I'm confident that this outdoor bait box will successfully capture all or most of the mice before they try to find their way back into the basement.
Upon inspection of the basement area, there were mouse droppings found next to a rodent bait box (RTU). Based on the color and texture of the droppings, they were recently deposited). Mouse infestations are not just a nuisance. They pose a serious health risk. Their droppings contain bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens, and when the pellets dry, harmful airborne microscopic spores are released, causing serious respiratory diseases if inhaled. Also, mice can transport disease-infected ticks into your home. While mice may be hiding out in basements and crawl spaces, they can travel virtually anywhere in the home through the inside wall voids. They almost always find their way to the kitchen while foraging for food where they can contaminate food, countertop surfaces, silverware, plates, and appliances.
I was sent to a residence in Edison for a routine visit that is part of our home protection service package. As part of our residential service plans, a homeowner is entitled to three annual visits along with an unlimited number of service calls for covered pests.
These visits are important because homeowners are often unaware of insect or rodent activity, especially if the infestation is in its early stages or the infestation is not in a living area of the home like the crawl space or basement. Also, during our visits, in addition to a thorough inspection, we do a preventative perimeter treatment. These service plans are a great way for homeowners to protect their home and their family’s health. Our preventative measures usually head-off infestations completely, and if not, we catch them in their early stages.