Protect your property from unwanted guests!
You spot a lone mouse creeping around your deck, and a few carpenter ants near your front door. Oh well, you think, at least they’re outside.
Don’t be so sure about that, warns Mark Sampson of Muskoka Pest Control. Although they are part of Muskoka’s natural environment, mice and carpenter ants are exceptionally skilled at finding ways into your home or cottage.
Mark advises not taking risks when spotting these creatures nearby. They could be infesting your home, cottage or even commercial building.
“You wouldn’t bet your house on a poker game against card sharks,” says Mark. “So why take a gamble when it comes to pests?”
Getting a professional inspection done is an essential first step to protecting your valuable investment. Mice migrate indoors during the fall where they’ll find warmth and food.
“Mice will gnaw at electrical wires, which can cause failure of appliances and in extreme cases lead to fires,” says Mark, who has been in the pest control business for over 30 years.
“They can also damage food, clothing, furniture, books and more with their gnawing or contamination from droppings and urine.”
And mice like to breed: the average female mouse can produce 40 children annually. Obvious signs of a mouse problem are droppings, damage to food, gnawing or squeaking in your walls, or sounds of them running.
“Mice also transmit diseases through their feces or bites from mites which travel on the mice,” says Mark. “Bacterial food poisoning, Lyme disease and dermatitis are just a few of the diseases which can be transmitted by mice.”