Mice & Voles

MICE

House mice have an adult body length (nose to base of tail) of 7.5–10 cm (3.0–3.9 in) and a tail length of 5–10 cm (2.0–3.9 in). The weight is typically 40–45 g (1.4–1.6 oz). They live in a wide variety of hidden places near food sources, and construct nests from various soft materials. Mice are territorial, and one dominant male usually lives together with several females and young.

Commensal mice populations often have an excessive food source resulting in high population densities and small home ranges. The gestation period is about 19–21 days, and they give birth to a litter of 3–14 young (average six to eight). One female can have 5 to 10 litters per year, so the mouse population can increase very quickly. Breeding occurs throughout the year.

OUR PEST CONTROL PROCEDURES

When we arrive, we will carry out a full inspection of your property. A detailed report on any evidence of pests we find will be created and we will plan our control program accordingly. The technician will work inside by placing tamper resistant, locked rodent bait stations in strategic locations throughout the interior of the home. We will ensure the placement of the stations is safe for everybody in the home, will not give off fumes, and will not be readily accessible by children and pets.

Typically, we install 8-12 stations in locations such as under the kitchen sink, under the stove, laundry room, furnace room, and ceilings voids. This will eliminate all the mice in your house.

Moving to the exterior of the property, the technician will install rodent control stations in the garage and shed. We will install one complimentary exterior rodent bait station, a value of $39.50. Alternatively, you can also upgrade to a realistic rock landscape bait station. The exterior station(s), will control the mice outside, so they do not make it into your house.

We will also complete an exterior inspection, which is crucial in getting control of your mouse concerns. The technician will inspect the exterior of your property very closely and fix any possible rodent entry ways. Most common entry ways for mice are through the garage into the house, around the utilities (TV and cable boxes), gas and water pipe holes, and of course an open door. The technician will also share some tips for keeping your property protected, such as keeping piled wood away from the home.

All the work we complete and the deficiencies we find that are crucial to achieving full control of your property are noted in our service report. The service report and invoice are directly e-mailed to you from the technician prior to leaving the property.

To learn more about our services or book your appointment, call (403) 238-7400 today!

 

 

VOLES

Prairie and Meadow Voles are heavy-set rodents with small eyes and ears and greyish brown fur. They can multiply very quickly, with females producing up to 70 offspring each year through multiple litters. Colonies can grow into the hundreds or thousands if left unattended. Some of the most severe damage occurs during the winter months and their presence often goes unnoticed because their activity is hidden by the snow. Once the snow melts, you will see the damage caused by the voles. Whole patches of your lawn may be missing, the grass has been chewed apart, tracks and runways have been formed throughout. When the snow disappears, voles will move to other means of protection such as underneath the deck, shed, driveways, and walkways.

If not treated, voles will continue to damage your property even if the evidence is not as clear because the grass will continue to grow and hide their activity. However, the voles will continue to dig holes.

OUR PEST CONTROL PROCEDURES

The most effective way to rid your property of voles is to use poison. This type of product is not available to non-licensed individuals or at local stores. If you suspect that voles are destroying your property, let Absolute Pest Control help. When our technician arrives, they will carry out a full inspection of the exterior of your property. A detailed report on any evidence we find will be created and we will plan our control program accordingly.

The bait is a useful way to gain control over the voles. However, since it is not protected it can become wet if not ingested quickly after placement.

To ensure that the voles have a chance to encounter the poison, bait stations will also be placed around the property. This method will ensure that the bait remains dry and invading voles from adjacent properties are controlled as well. We have a simple black bait station and a realistic rock landscape option. Three black exterior bait stations will be provided during the service; however, you can upgrade to the landscape bait stations for a small fee.

All the work we complete and the deficiencies we find that are crucial for maintaining full control on your property are noted in our service report. The service report and invoice are directly e-mailed to you from the technician prior to leaving the property. A follow up service will be scheduled in 30 to 45 days. During that appointment, the technician may also recommend a maintenance schedule to ensure a vole free environment and a third appointment will be booked before the winter season.

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