Mouse in House and in Richmond Homes

If you've been hearing strange noises at night, such as squeeking, scurrying and scratching, you may have a mouse in your house, mouse in walls, mouse in attic, or mouse in kitchen. Mice may be tiny, but they can pack a punch when it comes to destructiveness. Damaged insulation, chewed wires and odors are a few problems related to mouse infestations. Critter Control of Richmond has trained professionals that can safely and humanely remove mice in house, mice in walls, mice in kitchen, mice in attcs and other rodents from your home. We thoroughly inspect your home to detrmine points of entry and can seal holes and repair damage. Call our office today!

Introduction

There are two different types of mice which enter buildings in our area.  The first are white-footed mice, which many people refer to as “field mice.”  These mice are native to Virginia and are common in our fields and woods.  Relatively speaking, they are large mice, with adult body lengths of 4-4 ½ inches (tail not included). The second type is the house mouse.  These mice are native to Central Asia. They spread to Europe, and from there settlers brought them to North America.  Over time the house mouse has adapted to live with people.  In fact, they are never found very far from human activity.  The house mouse is about one inch smaller than the white-footed mouse.  Both types may live in the same building.

Biology and Habits

Mice commonly enter buildings near ground level through preexisting holes.  Common places for entry are where pipes or wires pass through a foundation wall, through vents with damaged screens, attached garages or sheds, and loose or damaged crawl space access doors.  Once entry is gained, mice can move throughout the building, including vertically by climbing up the insides of walls and may end up nesting in crawl spaces, attics, floor voids, or inside walls.  Mice can reproduce very rapidly.  House mice will have five to ten litters per year, with four to six young per litter.  White-footed mice generally have three to five litters per year.  To make matters worse, a mouse is ready to breed at only two months of age.  Mice generally eat grains and seeds, but will eat just about any type of food.  Mice are nibblers, taking small samples of food, then moving on.  House mice eat food as they find it.  White-footed mice will hide some food in nests and other secure places.  In some cases mice will use the building as a place to live, but go outside to forage for food, so just because mice are not getting into food in the house does not mean they are not in the building.  This behavior is especially common with white-footed mice.

Control

Mice are most commonly controlled by putting out poison baits for them to eat.  Generally speaking, these baits contain poisons called anticoagulants (blood thinners) which kill by inducing internal bleeding.  To be effective, small placements of ½ to 1 ounce of bait need to be made 10 to 20 feet apart in the areas being used by the mice.  Mice die 4-7 days after eating the bait.  There is no way to control where poisoned mice will die.  However, in most cases a mouse that dies in a wall, attic or crawl space will not create enough of an odor to be smelled inside the building.  Mice can also be trapped.  The advantages of trapping are faster results, and control over where the mice die.  The main disadvantage is that it is more time consuming, and therefore more costly.  We have found the snap trap to be the most effective type of mouse trap.  Homeowners interested in trapping mice can bait snap traps with peanut butter or lunch meat (especially salami), and place traps along walls in areas the mice use.  Mice are usually easy to catch.  Regardless of the control method used, efforts must be taken to eliminate any food the mice are feeding on in the building.  Food items should be removed, or placed in metal containers.  This is especially important with high value food items such as birdseed and pet food.  Control efforts may fail if the mice have these other food sources.

Management

To the extent possible, potential mouse entry points into the building should be located and sealed.  On some buildings this is easy to do, and virtually eliminates future problems.  On other buildings this is nearly impossible.  (Most building fall somewhere in between.)   It may be necessary for us return on a regular basis to re-treat for mice, and we can set up such a program, if needed.

Testimonials

Marilyn
6/15/2021
Brendan is always good and he is friendly.thank you
Richard
6/11/2021
Y’all were responsive & personable… & caught 4 critters that were doing damage digging up our lawn. Thanks.
Sally
6/11/2021
Thanks for taking care of our "critters" so quickly and efficiently. It's not a job I want any part of, but I'm glad you are good at it!
Bill
6/11/2021
They did a really good job, very professional and courteous.
Lee
6/10/2021
Terrance showed up when he said he would and did a great job. Thank you for the help.
SMK Trust
6/10/2021
Excellent work. Kept us informed throughout and helped us control the problem.
Marshall
6/10/2021
Chris is great , courteous and professional
Bob
6/10/2021
Prompt service,very nice on phone.Glad to know about Crittercontrol.
Mica
6/10/2021
My whole interaction with Critter Control was very satisfying from making the appointment to Chris' 2 visits. He diagnosed the issue and returned several days later to finish the job with a creative solution. Many thanks!
Nancy
6/10/2021
Chris is excellent! He eliminated the flying squirrels and bats from our new home. He’s always professional and polite.
Brian
6/10/2021
Terry did a great job with the initial bird removal and covering up the hole where the birds had nested afterwards. He was also very polite and explained everything that he was doing. I couldn't ask for a better experience.
Bethany
6/10/2021
Great crew and service!
Phyllis
6/9/2021
Critter Control was EXCELLENT in helping us get an iguana out of our attic! The technician was polite, friendly and very responsible! He explained what he was doing and what had to be done to ensure success in removing the iguana. I would hire Critter Control again without hesitation. Thanks Critter Control for helping us!
Heather
6/3/2021
Thank you!..always on top of it!
Robert
6/2/2021
Great service to secure our home. We had a new roof installed but they never did Rescreen the vents to keep the critters out of the house. Nice job Brandon.
Daryl
6/2/2021
Thanks
Laura
6/2/2021
Chris is amazing!
Paul
6/2/2021
Great job on the screening and thank you for checking on the traps daily!
Michael
6/2/2021
Service Tech was excellent.
Olga
6/2/2021
Thank you very much!
Joann
6/2/2021
I appreciated the help from the men who came to take care of my raccoon problem. They both were friendly and professional. Thank you! Jo Ann Rayner
SMK Trust
6/2/2021
Very professional and kept us informed throughout the process.
Teri
5/21/2021
Dependable, good job!
Bill
5/19/2021
I was very satisfied with there service. They quickly responded to my request and captured the animal that was destroying my garden. Totally professional.
Renee
5/18/2021
you are the best NO RATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bert
5/11/2021
CC did a very good job.
Erik
5/4/2021
Professional and friendly
Sara
5/4/2021
Excellent customer service! Last week we realized a family of cute birds were nesting in our roof soffit. The nest was right above our deck, and they were getting aggressive with our dogs and us. A super friendly service coordinator answered the phone right away. She was able to get us scheduled for the next day. The tech showed up on time, in a freak April snowstorm! He quickly addressed the issue, thoroughly explained what he did and when he would be back. He showed up right on time again, made sure our squatting birds were gone for good and completed the permanent fix where they were accessing the soffit. Probably one of the easiest service calls we’ve ever had! Thank you!
Dawn
5/4/2021
We had a nuisance woodpecker driving us insane drumming on the metal chimney cap. We called Brittni and she provided detailed information over the phone as to estimated costs and methods used. She promptly followed up everything with a detailed email. Scheduling was easy. Terrance was on-time and very pleasant to work with. He inspected the chimney for damage and for evidence of nests = none found! He installed two deterrents and wa on his way! Highly recommend!
Mark
5/1/2021
Very professional service, wonderful people, pricey
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