Post # 1
Hi bees, my cat has been staring into the ceiling in the basement, checking around all the time. We found some weird seed-like black stuff so i called Terminix to come give a quote and do a free inspection. Any idea what the price range should be for mice extermination? they’re giving a off-hand quote of around $450 to trap and remove. The annual cost with them would come up to about the same too. Any additional advice? They found mouse droppings all over our basement and garage..
Thanks in advance, bees!
Post # 2
I dont know what the price should be but the most important thing is to figure our where they are coming from and fix that so more dont come in after.
Post # 3
KatzeB : that was about the quote we received when we had some issues. That included looking for and sealing up holes as well. We decided to just set traps and look for holes on our own and haven’t had any issues since the initial few we trapped.
ETA: I just looked back at the email and we were quoted $300 actually but we only had evidence of mice in one area so not sure if that makes a difference.
Post # 4
MrsBeck : mrspuppylove : thanks for the advice. We’re probably going to pay for an annual rodent/bugs package. It’s $150 for first visit, then subsequent 3 quarterly visit for $105…
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
Open all your cabinets where there is plumbing and check to see if there is any size hole around where the pipes come in through the wall. This is often where they come in. Pull your stove out and check for a hole back there too. Then just go get a ton of steel wool and fill those holes with it (use A LOT. Make sure it’s sealed). That will prevent them from getting in. I would try that first and see if it resolves the problem.
Post # 6
I’ve had those companies come by and it’s a total rip-off. The good ones will look for holes, seal them up, and lay traps, which you can do yourself for about 20 bucks. The bad ones will sprinkle poison in hard to reach places and behind your walls. The poison works- but can also kill your pets if they get to it or find a dead mouse.
The only solution to mice- which works- is stuffing all holes with steel wool, sealing over that with a caulking compound, and then laying traps for whoever is already in the house. Places where plumbing comes out of the wall are highest risk for holes- behind the stove and fridge, under the sink, around the radiators, etc. But also check for smaller holes around your floorboards. Mice are flexible little creatures- they only need a dime-sized opening to come in.
I have found the old fashioned traps work best, but the box ones that trap the mouse inside are also effective. You can also experiment with essential oils to help ward them away- spray some peppermint oil on a cotton ball and leave it where you’ve seen evidence. Mice hate peppermint apparently, but it needs to be continually refreshed.
After that, it’s absoultely essential to keep the house clean af. No bags of dog food or boxes of cereal on top of the fridge, no scraps of food in the sink, etc. They will eat just about anything and chew through any packaging. If you have nothing for them to eat, they won’t come by.
I lived next door to a hoarder in an apartment building- everyone had mice, but keeping to the above routine kept them out of my condo. Good luck!
Post # 7
hickoryhills : thanks! I am researching on the garage door rodent proofing stuff.. there’s a big gap at the seal, and there’s not even weather proof seal. Sigh! We bought the house last September, and we both didn’t know all these stuff as we have only recently moved to the States. Cry-laugh at the same time!
Post # 7
We had mice last winter, right before Christmas, right before family came to visit! We needed a fast fix! We called a big company and got the same quote amount, but right before Christmas, we had a hard time dropping $400. We called a local company and they came in at about $150 to come out and set some industrial traps. They also did an inspection to make sure there were no nests inside. They determined there was no nests so they just wanted to come in for food and warmth. The traps were set in the crawl space and garage since that was where they were coming in. We didn’t see them after that day. The traps worked quick! I would definitely call around and maybe some local companies.
Post # 8
We pay $125/quarter for bug spraying and mice maintenance. On the first visit they looked for holes around our house (comical in a 150 year old home), plugged those with steal wool, laid mouse bait both outside the house and inside, and sprayed the perimeter for pests. It’s been a year and *knock on wood* we haven’t spotted any mice anywhere but the basement. My parent’s house had a mouse issue and we discovered the builders left a good size hole behind the stove for fishing gas and vent lines through. Once we covered that up, no more mice.