Mice/Rat Removal
and Prevention

Rodents are the most common pests you will encounter in your home. Because of their ability to squeeze into tight places and the rate at which they multiply an unchecked mouse or rat problem will quickly become a full-blown infestation. Acting quickly is important when dealing with rodents.

Confirming Its Rodents

Confirming it’s a mouse or a rat you’re dealing with can be a little tricky in the early stages of a rodent problem. Once the population grows to a certain point detection is easier, but the name of the game is early detection when dealing with mice and rats to avoid an infestation.

Signs you are dealing with a rodent:

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Sounds

Mice and rats have several distinct sounds you will notice. Rodents are very active and you are going to hear them moving around, this will be a quick, scurrying sound. You will also hear scratching or gnawing noises as well as occasional vocalization.
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Visual evidence

Check behind the dishwasher, under the sink, in low traffic areas in your basement or up in your attic for mouse feces and chew marks. You may also see tunnelling in your insulation. These are the two best indicators that you are dealing with rodents.
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Timing

Mice and rats are most active in the middle of the night. They are easily startled so they are usually only active when the house is quiet. Although rodents are a problem all year round, in the early days of winter when the temperature drops you will see a spike in activity as they seek out the warmth of your home.
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Dangers

There are two main concerns when dealing with a rodent problem in your home. Health risks and damage to your property. Both can have devastating consequences for you and your family.

Common Health Risks
Hantavirus – is contracted through inadvertently being exposed to mouse urine or feces and can be deadly

Bubonic Plague – spread through the bite of an infected flea, this deadly disease can pose significant health risks

Tularemia – a disease that affects both humans and rodents and can be contracted through contact with an animal or infected flea or tick, as well as through the feces and urine of rodents.

Salmonella – a bacteria passed through direct contact with an animal or its feces
Rat Bite Fever – a bacteria found in urine and feces that is contracted through contact with contaminated surface or substance

Property Damage
• Chewed wires presenting a potential fire hazard

• Fleas and tick infestation in your home

• Contamination from urine and feces

• Damage from chewing

• Insulation soiled and disrupted

• Evidence of previous rodent infestation may be an issue during a home inspection

Although mice and rats are fairly small, because of how quickly they multiply, a rodent infestation can pose a serious risk to your home and your family. Acting quickly is important.

How We Get Rid of Them

We rarely use poison or traps to resolve a rodent issue. These are only used as last resorts in larger commercial or residential structures that are impossible to seal off effectively. For residential properties the process involves the use of a one-way door system, preventative measures, clean up/decontamination and finally repair to any damaged areas.

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One-way Door system

A trap door that the critters will push open, once it walks through, the animal is locked out.
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Preventative Measures

Reinforcements to ensure the rats or mice will not get in through other vulnerable areas. This typically involved screening off roof and wall vents, reinforcing vulnerable areas such as soffits and protecting the roofline with drip edge as well as addressing breather bricks.
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Clean up

Our technicians will thoroughly clean and decontaminate any affected areas. Stopping the spread of bacteria and eliminating the source of contaminants.
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Repair

We will repair any damaged areas, if there is significant structural damage or more specialized issues beyond our expertise, we work with several local professionals who can address the issue.
It may be tempting to save a few dollars and try and fix the problem yourself. This is likely going to prolong the process and increase the risk to your family and property.
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DIY Risks

Injury – working at heights and with wild animals is very dangerous

Damage to your home – attempting to secure your entire building against rodents is very involved. If not done properly you can easily damage the structure.

Trapping Roddetns – if you’re untrained and attempting to seal up entry points you will trap critters in your home creating a much larger issue.

Advantages of Hiring a Professional

• Certified and trained technicians

• Insurance and liability coverage in case of unforeseen problems

• The area will be properly decontaminated

• Proven methods employed to quickly and safely resolve the issue

Your home is one of the largest investments you will ever make. Wasting valuable time and hoping you can resolve the issue yourself will expose you to significant financial and health risks.

Money and Time Considerations

If you have never dealt with a rodent issue before you were most likely wondering what the timeline looks like and what the potential associated costs may be.

Costs
Every case is completely different and as such it’s impossible to provide a firm guideline on pricing. There are several factors that are considered when pricing a mice or rat removal and prevention job.

Main Factors:

• Accessibility of problem areas
• Number of problem areas
• Pitch of the roof
• Size of the home
• Hours of labour required
• Materials required

To give you a rough approximation of price ranges; a simple rodent removal job will start around $800 and the more complex and severe the issues is the higher the prevention and removal cost will be.

Timeline
Mice or rat eviction and prevention is an involved process. The timeline is as follows:

• Prevention work is done on the first day

• Over the next 4-6 weeks, all rodents will leave through the one-way door system

• Within 6 weeks you will be rodent-free and no longer at risk, however, the vast majority of critters will leave in the first week, so you will notice an immediate decrease in activity levels

• We return at a mutually convenient time to remove the one-way door and decontaminate any affected areas

At Home Free Pest Removal we specialize in rodent removal and prevention. Over the past several years we have perfected a rodent removal system that is unmatched in this industry. Most companies will not even attempt this as it is a very complex process. We are your rodent removal experts.

Contact us immediately for a free inspection, acting quickly is important. Our highly trained technicians will get you answers immediately.

We don’t employ inexperienced or seasonal workers. Our policy is to have a technician on each job with a minimum of 5 years of experience. We back this up with our lifetime warranty*.

Call us today, be rodent free before you know it.