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Do Mice Repellents Actually Work?

There are many myths surrounding which DIY mouse techniques work the best to help evict your unwanted house guest.  But which ones can do the job?

The majority of natural mouse repellent/home remedies people usually think of such as peppermint, moth balls and ultrasonic sound waves don’t actually work at all.

It’s possible that you might see a temporary effect and perhaps not see quite as many rodents around, but these methods will not permanently remove mice and rats from your home or business.

Rodents are pretty smart creatures.  They know that it’s a dangerous world out there for an animal of their size.  They would rather put up with ultra sound waves and peppermint that risk leaving their (YOUR) home.

Do mothballs keep mice away?   To put it simply…No.

Does peppermint oil repel mice?  It will make your home smell good, but it certainly won’t get rid of your unwanted lodgers. If you think about it, logically, rodents live in all areas including sewers.  If they can put up with the smell coming out of a sewer system, then peppermint oil would be no problem.

Ultrasonic rodent repeller   There are a handful of ultrasonic rodent repeller devices on the market.  However, the truth of the matter is, none of these are effective.  One of the main issues is that these repellers rely on electric sockets to work.  If there is no socket near rodent activity then the device will be completely ineffective.  Using the ultrasonic repeller may work for a short period of time, until the rodent learns to avoid the area or adapt to the background noise. 

Professional Rodent Control

The reason why it is advised that you leave managing a mouse or rat problem to a professional is due to the skills and knowledge needed in doing so, as well as the time scale.

You know by now mice are cunning creatures. This can make relocating them from your home a bit tricky.

In terms of baiting it takes a while for a mouse to accept the product laid down, because the item is new and alien to them. Tests carried out on mouse behavior showed these rodents were far more receptive to bait laid out in a dirty tray, which they have used before, rather than a new one. This is because they would rather gather food from a location they are used to and know is safe.

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions know exactly how to efficiently control a mouse, or rat, problem. We use specific techniques and products that have been tried and tested in order to make sure your home is completely rodent free.

We take real pride in helping to solve all your pest control problems. That’s why “solutions” is part of our name! Find out the difference in St. Louis pest control by calling us today at 314-544-7378 and learning more about Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions!

 

 

 

 

 

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Why are Mice Moving into your House this Fall?

As the leaves are turning red, orange and yellow, the air is filled with the smells of apple cider and temperatures are dropping; rodents are looking for a warm home with heat and a food source.

They will find creative ways to enter your home; through cracks in walls, open windows and doors, vents, pipes, you name it and they will try it!

Here are some ways to keep the rodents from wanting to make your home theirs.

Keep up with landscaping chores – Keep your plants and leaves away from the foundation of your house.  Not raking up leaves that pile against the foundation is an open invitation to small rodents. They can hide in the vegetation while searching for an opening. Keep plants and accumulated leaves at least 2 feet away from your home. Don’t allow debris to collect against the house.

Prepare your house for the cool weather –   It’s time to inspect your house for cracks, check your weather-stripping and other areas for weakness.  Make sure you seal any cracks around windows and doors, even check where you may have had repaired done last season.

Rodent-proof your exterior – Check the exterior of your home for any weaknesses where mice would be able to crawl right into your home.  Check to see if holes around cable wires or plumbing have been properly sealed. Rodents are known to crawl up sewage pipes and plumbing, so seal off around the areas where these pipes enter your home.

Make your home inhospitable to rodents – For rodent prevention and rodent control, it is critical to employ a reputable pest control company, such as Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. Our expert service begins with a thorough inspection to develop a treatment plan for your specific problem. Techniques and materials used always reflect the latest technologies and professional grade products. Your home will be treated with a personalized combination of baited rodent stations, monitored rodent stations, rodent traps, and repairs to entry points.

It is important to note that all rodent droppings are a biohazard and should only be cleaned up by professionals using proper safety equipment, especially in the case of white-footed deer mouse droppings, which are linked to the deadly Hantavirus.

We at Holper’s look forward to providing you with successful rodent prevention and rodent control. Please call 314-544-7378 to set up your appointment today.

 

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What Should I Do When I Have Mice In My Home?

If you have recently found evidence of mice in your home, you are in good company. We are currently experiencing a large increase in inquiries for mice removal and control. While professional trapping and bait stations are required to completely solve the issue, there are a few things you can do to help make your home less attractive to mice:

  • Take down bird feeders in your yard. The ground underneath a birdfeeder becomes a buffet for mice, who then go back inside your home for shelter.
  • Make sure your counters and floors are always free of crumbs to avoid attracting mice and other pests.
  • Check pantries and cupboards to make sure all food is stored in airtight containers to keep unwanted bugs and rodents out.
  • Call Holper’s at 314-732-1413 to get your professional rodent removal process started!
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Why Are Mice Such A Problem This Year?

Mice, mice, everywhere! Or at least that seems to be the case in the St. Louis region right now. What is going on to create such a bumper crop of rodents here? More importantly, what are steps to take to get rid of mice and keep them away?

Why so many mice?

Given that last winter was a mild one, far more mice than usual survived to the warm weather. And they have bred and increased exponentially during the spring, summer, and early fall to give us the population explosion that we are currently experiencing. They are looking for shelter in the colder months, so many homeowners who have never before experienced a rodent problem are dealing with this nasty pest for first time. While some might be tempted to think the mice are traveling in packs, it is merely the sheer number of mice present which gives that illusion.

What Are Steps To Keep My House Mouse-Free? 

  • Prevention is always the best policy! Have your home inspected by a pest control professional to determine any potential access points where mice could enter. A mouse needs an opening only the size of a dime to take up residence in your home.
  • Mice can climb gutters and enter at the roofline, so having an inspection that includes the roof is a wise move.
  • Your attic might be providing a habitat for mice without you knowing it until the infestation becomes huge. An attic inspection is worth the time to make sure your home is yours, and yours alone.
  • Keep baited rodent stations around the perimeter of the home year round. You want the mice to feed outside of your home and expire there, which is why we don’t use bait inside the home.
  • Don’t waste time trying purported home remedies, such as herbs, to get rid of mice. You’ll delay the inevitable call to a professional while allowing the population increase to continue.

Why Should I Call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions? 

Good question! Holper’s has been successfully keeping St. Louis area homes pest-free for over 32 years! Let our decades of experience help give you peace of mind all year long. Call us today at 314-732-1413! We look forward to serving you.

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Outdoor Mouse Control: Do I Need a Mouse Exterminator?

EEK! A MOUSE! This time of year you need to be careful, or a mouse will be playing inside of your home. We are mouse exterminators, providing successful mouse control!

 Mouse Identification

Mouse-droppingsThere are two mouse types you will see this time of year in the St. Louis area. The first one is a house mouse. The house mouse has fur that is grayish brown, and a tail equal to the length of its body. From nose to tip of the tail, a house mouse is five to seven inches in length. House mouse droppings are roughly 3/8 inch long, black, and very hard.

The second mouse that is common right now is the white-footed deer mouse. This mouse has brown fur with a white belly, as well as white feet. An adult white-footed deer mouse has a body length of 3.5 inches to 3.9 inches, not including the tail. The tail will add another 2.5 inches to 3.8 inches to the overall length. The droppings are very similar to a house mouse, but since these mice are associated with Hantavirus, sweeping up their droppings on your own could be deadly.

(If you are seeing a mouse outside, it could actually be a vole you are seeing! Voles will have gray to charcoal gray fur. If you are finding one-inch diameter holes or 3/4 inch wide concave tunnels outside, a vole is your problem. Luckily for you, we can take care of your vole issue, too!)

How Did I Get a Mouse in My House?

A mouse needs only to find an opening as small as a dime to gain access for food and shelter. Common entry points are: gaps where the gutter line meets the roof; cracks in the foundation; warped siding; and garages. They also gain entry where utility lines enter the home.

DID YOU KNOW: When a mouse first makes its way into your house, it leaves a trail of urine droplets (up to 3,000 droplets a day!) that creates a path for other mice to follow into your home?

 Professional Mouse Control

House-mouseWhen you are in need of mouse control, it is important to use the services of a reputable pest control company, such as Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. For mouse control, our expert service begins with a thorough inspection to develop a treatment plan for your specific problem. Once entry points are located, your home will be treated with a personalized combination of baited mouse stations, mouse traps, and repairs to entry points.

It is important to note that all mouse droppings are a biohazard and should only be cleaned up by a professional using proper safety equipment, especially in the case of white-footed deer mouse droppings, which are linked to the deadly Hantavirus.

Holper’s looks forward to providing you with successful indoor and outdoor mouse control and mouse extermination. Please call 314-732-1413 to set up your appointment today.

 

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Pet-Friendly Pest Control: Pet-Safe Rat & Mice Removal Services

Some animals we love having in our homes–our beloved pets. These furry companions truly are members of our families and they hold special places in our hearts. But some animals, like mice and other rodents, are not so welcome when we find evidence that they have taken up residence in our abodes. Because our pets are part of the family, it is only natural that an immediate concern is how to get rid of the unwanted pests in a way that is pet-friendly and pet-safe. At Holper’s Pest & Animal Control, your pet’s safety is very important to us–almost all of us are pet owners, too!  Our guidelines for mice and rodent control include safeguards to make sure you and your whole family, pets included, stay safe and sound.

Pet-Friendly Safeguards: The Three Step Holper Way

Our owner and founder, Jeff Holper, is a long-time dog owner. When choosing the rodenticide that our company would use, pet safety was a big part of his decision. For that reason, Mr. Holper trained all his technicians to use the safest rodenticide on the market in the most secure way.

When you call Holper’s for mice and rodent control, your technician will:

  • Do a thorough inspection to find where the mice/rodents are entering the home
  • Place tamper-resistant (for pets and children!) rodent baiting stations accordingly around the external perimeter of the home to draw the rodents out to eat the rodenticide bait–this way they die outside of your home and not inside!
  • Place rodenticide in the tamper-resistant stations–this rodenticide contains a blood thinner in doses so miniscule that it can only affect mice and rodents. The doses are too small to affect larger animals, such as pets. If accidentally ingested by a pet, it harmlessly passes through the system in 48 hours, with the only telltale sign being yellow stools.

We would never use anything in and around your home that we wouldn’t use on our own homes. In the 30-plus years that Holper’s has serviced the greater St. Louis area, we have never experienced a pet or a child getting into a rodent station.

Let Holper’s Provide Pet-Friendly Mice & Rat Control For Your Family

For over three decades, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has provided superior service to our customers, many of whom we have cared for since we opened back in 1985. Our Quality Pro® Certified technicians, who receive ongoing training, are always up to date on the latest developments in materials, equipment, and techniques for exterminators, as being low-impact to the environment is always our goal. We know you have options in exterminators, and we at Holper’s are confident that choosing us as your pet-friendly exterminators will be a choice you are glad you made. Call today at 314-732-1413 to take the first step in allowing Holper’s to give you back your home. The peace of mind you will receive is priceless.

 

 

 

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Mice Control Services – It’s that Time of Year Again

In regions where winter brings cold temperatures that dip below the freezing point, many animals that are seen out and about during warm weather seem to disappear. Where do they go? When it comes to mice, the answer could be that they have gone inside your residence, where warm temperatures, plenty of nesting materials, and various food sources create the perfect environment for them to feed, breed, and create comfortable nests for their offspring.

Signs You Have a Mouse Problem
Like other pest infestations, a mouse infestation usually has humble beginnings. It often starts out with just a few mice entering a home or a building — a situation that homeowners and building owners are aware of, unless they happen to see a mouse scamper across the floor.

However, because mice breed quickly, what was initially a few mice in the structure can easily balloon into a thriving mouse colony within a year’s time. When a mouse infestation reaches this point — or is well on its way to reaching it — the property owner often starts to notice signs of the infestation. Because observing these signs are usually what triggers the person to request mice control services, it’s imperative for property owners to be aware of signs of infestation.

Mouse Droppings
Mouse feces has a unique appearance that distinguishes it from feces that other types of invading pests leave behind. Mice are not discreet about where they defecate, which is why mouse droppings tend to be one of the first things that indicate mice are present. Common places for mouse droppings are pantries, cabinets, storage boxes, and along baseboards.

Damaged Food Packaging
After mice enter a structure, they naturally start to search for sources of food — a search that often leads them to cabinets and pantries where food items are stored. The packaging for many foodstuffs are simply no match for the gnawing power of mice. Consequently, when a home or a building is infested with the critters, it’s not uncommon to find several holes in food containers.

Holes in Wood Products
Wood is another material that mice use their sharp teeth to penetrate. Mice often chew through wood in search of a nesting place or to access food in closed cabinets and other repositories for edibles. If you notice small, ragged holes in furniture, paneling, cabinetry or other wood products, mice may be to blame. A mice control services provider can make the determination.

Chewed Electrical Wires
There are several theories about why mice chew electrical wires. One theory is that mice chew on wires to sharpen their teeth. Another theory is that they do it to offset pain that comes from tooth growth. Regardless of why mice chow down on wires, the fact is that they do, potentially causing serious damage to electrical wires for lighting, HVAC equipment, appliances, and more.

Scratching Sound in Walls
When mice move through narrow spaces behind walls, they often make a scratching sound — a noise that typically results from claws scratching against drywall and/or teeth chewing new holes to further invade the residence. If you hear scratching behind walls in your home or building, you probably don’t need to call ghostbusters. Call a provider of mouse control services instead.

Dealing With a Mouse Problem?
Mice can infest a home or a building in any season, but pest exterminators often notice an increase in mice control issues during cold weather. Like people, mice need a warm place to live in cold weather, but if they infest your home or building, they won’t pay rent or respect your possessions. Instead, they’ll damage your possessions — and potentially in a very costly way, not to mention the risk of virus and disease they could be carrying.

If you think that your home or building may have a mouse problem, follow your hunch and contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions for mice control services. We have many years of experience in removing mice and other bothersome creatures from homes and buildings in the St. Louis metropolitan area — and we can banish them from your home or building, as well.

In addition to removing pests, we also examine the exterior of a residence or a building to assess whether holes through which the critters may have entered need to be sealed up.

To schedule a free inspection of your home or building, please call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. We look forward to putting an end to your pest problem!