How to Deal with Mice in Basement Ceiling

How to Deal with Mice in Basement Ceiling

Handling a mouse infestation in the ceiling may feel impossible. How did they get there? And how are you supposed to reach them? Luckily, most mouse infestations can be handled with persistent trapping. Mice go in and out of their nests every night in search of food, so it’s guaranteed that they will come out where they can be trapped. If you need help handling a mouse problem, give Mouse Control Toronto a call.

Mice are nocturnal little rodents that feed primarily on seeds, nuts, grains, fruits, and vegetables. Two species of mice commonly invade people’s basements: the house mouse and the deer mouse. The house mouse measures between 6 to 11cm in length and weighs only up to 30 grams. This mouse is brown or grey in colour, with a lighter belly. The deer mouse is slightly larger at 8 to 7cm in length and has a soft, brown fur coat with a distinctly white belly. Both mice reach sexual maturity at roughly 4 to 7 weeks of age and produce up to 10 litters of 3 to 14 pups each.

If you think there are mice in your basement ceiling, you may have heard scratching and squealing sounds coming from the ceiling at night. Mice often get into ceilings by first crawling into the house through cracks in the foundation or chewing through plastic ventilation covers. It is also very common for mice to get in simply by walking through an open door. Once inside the house, they can climb up the pipes, ventilation, or electrical wires in the walls of the home and make their way into the ceiling where they will nest. Mice like to nest in the insulation of the ceiling or somewhere alongside ceiling joists.

To get rid of the mice in your basement ceiling, start by cleaning up the rooms above and below the nest. Remove as much clutter as you can, vacuum thoroughly, and store food in sealed containers. Then, look for potential entry points the mice could be using to get in the ceiling. Seal them up with silicone caulking or by stuffing them with steel wool. Leave one entrance alone and surround it with snap traps loaded with peanut butter. Place snap traps along the walls of the basement and the walls of the floor above, too. Check these every day and reload them as needed.

Mice can be very difficult to get rid of because they are so quiet. It takes continued effort to get rid of a mouse infestation. If you’re having trouble finding where the mice are coming from, or you cannot get rid of them fast enough, call Mouse Control. Our experts deal with mice all the time. We’ll check every nook and cranny of your home and block all potential entry points. We guarantee to get rid of the mice for you in the quickest and most efficient way possible. Call Mouse Control today: 647-496-0492.

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