Pest Control for Mice - 8 Important Tips - Proactive Pest Solutions

As a leading Sunshine Coast pest control company, Proactive Pest Solutions doesn’t just help you keep your home and family safe from insects, spiders, and other such creepy crawlies. We are also your local go-to solutions provider if you have need pest control for mice. 

Yes, plenty of people keep mice (or rats) as much-loved family pets. But they are also rampant in the wild – and rodents you’ve not intentionally adopted and welcomed into your family home (and had desexed before housing them in an impervious cage or tank) can wreak havoc. 

It’s important to understand the specific issues associated with having a problem with rodents, the signs they are in residence, and how to get rid of them – and keep them away.

Mice Versus Rats

Is it a mouse – or is it a rat?

Both of these furry little creatures are members of the wider rodent family – gnawing mammals with continuously-growing incisor teeth. 40% of all mammal species are rodents.

The main differences between rats and mice:  

  • Size – rats are larger than mice, and a baby rat can be difficult to distinguish from an adult mouse. A common mouse will grow to between 12-20cm in length, while an adult rat can exceed 40cm in length (tails included). 
  • Appearance – mice are usually white, grey, or brown. Their whiskers are long, their snout is triangular or pointed, and the tail is thin and hairy. 
  • Tail – rats and mice both have long tails. Relative to the size of its body, the mouse’s tail is longer. 
  • Diet – rats and mice are omnivores – they eat everything. Mice generally prefer a healthier, more natural diet of nuts, seeds, grains, vegetables, and fruits. Rats seek heavier, bigger meals and happily eat pet food, meat, fish, and cheese. If hungry enough, both species will eat dead members of their colony. 
  • Droppings – rat droppings are larger and individual droppings have rounded ends, while mouse droppings tend to have a pointier end. A mouse can leave as many as 100 droppings every day. 
  • Breeding – female mice usually live just 1-2 years. They start mating at just one month of age. A single female mouse can become pregnant 10 times each year and will produce between 120 and 300 offspring over her lifespan. A female rat, on the other hand, can deliver more than 2000 babies in a single year.

Do You Have Mice in Your Home?

Whether it’s rats or mice, both can be a problem in your home. Over recent years, there has been a serious mouse plague in parts of Australia, and many homes, even in the cities and suburbs, have problems with rodent infestations.

Signs of mice include:

  • Scratching sounds in your wall cavities or ceiling, especially at night
  • Sighting mice scurrying across your property
  • Debris or chewed food boxes in your pantry
  • Chewed fruit on your kitchen bench-top
  • Chewed books, paper, cloth, and light materials including clothing
  • Damage to insulation
  • Damage to furniture 
  • Leaves/nesting materials in your attic/ceiling
  • Electrical problems
  • Droppings on your property
  • Distinct, musky odour of mouse urine
  • Contaminated food
  • A visible nest

Why is Pest Control for Mice so Important?

Don’t be fooled – it’s very unlikely you just have one or two cute little mice or rats living in your house or garage. If you see one or two, it’s most likely that the nest is closer than you think, and there could be hundreds of their family members hunkered down there. With their prolific breeding ability, before you know it you can have a major rodent infestation. This is why pest control for mice is important to get onto quickly.

Mice will come into your house seeking shelter, water, and food. 

Mice are great climbers. They love accessing and living in walls, ceilings, and attics, while rats are more likely to be found living in subfloors and crawlspaces. 

Mice have weaker teeth and jaws than rats, and while they will chew on anything, they can’t easily open or chew through glass, metal, or hard plastic. 

There are several reasons to control mice on your property:

  1. Fire Hazard – mice can chew through the insulation on electrical wires, causing electrical faults and even a fire. 
  2. Nesting – mice will destroy fabrics and papers to take materials to build their nests. They can even burrow into upholstered furniture, clothing and linen closets, or even mattresses and build their nests there. 
  3. Accumulated mouse droppings and urine in walls and ceilings can deface and decay structures and infuse your home with a nasty odour. 
  4. Mice (and rats) carry viral and bacterial diseases. These are transmissible to humans and family pets via food contamination and contact with mouse saliva, urine, and droppings. Mice may also transmit disease via a bite.

    These diseases include (but are not limited to):

    1. Rat-bite fever
    2. Hantavirus
    3. Salmonellosis
    4. Leptospirosis
    5. Bubonic plague 
  5. Mice (and rats) can carry fleas, ticks, and lice – which can be harmful to humans and pets. 

Pest Control for Mice – How To

By following these pest control for mice steps, you will help rid your home of the annoying and disruptive pests. While these steps will help prevent mice, it’s always important to talk to a professional to look for signs of a larger infestation.

  1. Eliminate the attraction! Mice seek easy food, water, and shelter – don’t make it easy for them. 
  2. Eliminate entry points. It only takes a tiny gap for mice to enter your home – so you need to seal weak points, holes, cracks, and other access points. Utility pipes and vents may need a mesh cover. 
  3. Be aware that mice can (and will) chew through plastic, rubber, wood, and caulk seals. 
  4. Don’t leave covers off pet food, birdseed, etc. Try to feed pets indoors and keep doors closed and use screens on windows. Cover and put away food and keep kitchen benches clean and clear of crumbs. 
  5. Keep your pantry clean and cereals, flour, grains, sugar, cookies, nuts, etc in sealed, lidded, robust containers. 
  6. Take professional rodent control provider advice regarding mousetrap types and placement. If you have a very small mouse population, live traps may be adequate rather than using toxic chemicals in your home. 
  7. Larger infestations will require pest control for mice bait stations to poison and kill the nest/colony. These are effective at reducing the size of the colony; thereafter, the pest control service will return to the property, track the mice to the nest, and remove the mouse corpses before your home is further affected by odour or hygiene problems. 
  8. Severe mouse problems can be resolved by fumigation. This is a highly specialised pest control for mice procedure that must only be undertaken by a professional pest control company in compliance with strict local environmental regulations.

Call Proactive Pest Solutions for Rodent Pest Control 

CONTACT PROACTIVE PEST SOLUTIONS FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO DISCUSS YOUR RODENT SITUATION.

We can help you bid a (less than) fond farewell to mice that have invited themselves to live on your property. As professional, pest controllers, we will tailor an approach for pest control for mice and other rodents to your home and personal situation. This may include using mechanical traps, rodenticide baits, and other methods, as well as future risk mitigation.

Call us for rodent control and elimination on 1800 979 611 or email [email protected]. We also welcome you to request a quote via our online contact form.

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Jeremy Olive

PEST TECHNICIAN
Jeremy has lived on the Sunshine Coast his whole life, making him an expert in local knowledge. 2019 was a big year becoming a first-time father and enjoying all the challenges and joyful moments this brings.

Jeremy’s career began in the building industry and after several years on site he decided it was time for a change and began a new career in pest management, joining the Proactive Pest Solutions team as a pest technician.

Jeremy’s passion for pest problems and customer satisfaction is shown within his work alongside his enthusiastic personality and care for long lasting results.

Jeremy enjoys surfing whenever he gets a chance and spending time with his wife Erin and children Olly and Daze, and anything outdoors with weekend hikes and traveling.

Wasps

Most people at some point in their lives have had a not so pleasant experience with a wasp. The most common being a paper wasp. These nasty little flying insects are very aggressive and protective of their nest when disturbed or threatened. Paper wasps can cause an allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in people and have been found to cause death in people who suffer from anaphylaxis.

Treatment of wasps can be undertaken relatively easily and effectively. If you start to notice nests around the home it can be wise to get them treated sooner rather than later as they do tend to increase in numbers greatly once they become established in an area.

Call us today to arrange treatment and avoid those nasty stings!

Spiders

The most common spiders we address are webbing spiders and ground dwelling spiders (around 50 species in SEQ). Both require different treatment methods due to the types of harborage (where they live) and how they travel and hunt for food.

Some spiders are beneficial around the home however we do appreciate that spiders can be like snakes, some people do not like them at all and want them gone completely. That’s where we can help!

We will first complete an inspection of the areas to identify the harborage points for spiders around the home and then treat accordingly.

If you want spiders GONE, call or enquire today to book in your appointment.

Rats

Rodents are a large problem across all of Australia and cause significant damage to homes and the health of occupants each year. The presence of rats and mice is usually first noticed by homeowners due to their scratching being heard (usually in your roof) or their droppings left in various places around your home.

We regularly find evidence of rats in the roofs of houses we inspect and the damage they leave behind. Rats and mice love to chew electrical cables, plastic water pipes and even timber. The damage is not usually found until a leak develops, your power cuts out or you see signs of gnawing on timber around the home.

Rodents are more active in the home in cooler months but are found throughout the year. We commonly find them more often in homes that have chickens or neighboring properties have chickens. If you suspect rats or mice in your home we can offer a variety of solutions to address the problem. Most commonly we use rodent baiting in safe, lockable bait stations around the home in areas where suspect rodent activity. Trapping can also be used in high pressure environments and where rodent bait is unsuccessful. We assess each property to make sure we are offering the best solution for you.

Mice

Rodents are a large problem across all of Australia and cause significant damage to homes and the health of occupants each year. The presence of rats and mice is usually first noticed by homeowners due to their scratching being heard (usually in your roof) or their droppings left in various places around your home.

We regularly find evidence of mice in the roofs of houses we inspect and the damage they leave behind. Mice love to chew electrical cables, plastic water pipes and even timber. The damage is not usually found until a leak develops, your power cuts out or you see signs of gnawing on timber around the home.

Rodents are more active in the home in cooler months but are found throughout the year. We commonly find them more often in homes that have chickens or neighboring properties have chickens. If you suspect rats or mice in your home we can offer a variety of solutions to address the problem. Most commonly we use rodent baiting in safe, lockable bait stations around the home in areas where suspect rodent activity. Trapping can also be used in high pressure environments and where rodent bait is unsuccessful. We assess each property to make sure we are offering the best solution for you.

Silverfish

Have you been finding holes in your clothes? Carpet being eaten? Silverfish may be present in your home!

Silverfish are one of the most common pests that cause damage to these and many other items around your home. Silverfish are known to cause damage to clothes, carpets, plaster linings, photos and books (amongst a very large list of items they can damage).

Treatment options for silverfish have improved in recent years with more products on the market available to professional pest managers to target these pests. If you suspect silverfish in your home call us today to arrange your treatment.

Fleas

Fleas are most commonly associated with your pet cats and dogs. Whilst we don’t treat the animals themselves we can provide a suitable treatment of your property and provide specialist advice on the treatment of your animals. Effective treatment of both your home and your pets is key to a successful treatment. The order and timing of these is critical so if you suspect fleas in your animals or around your home please contact us without delay. We will provide initial advice on how to start the process to successfully eliminate them from your home.

We also offer end of lease flea treatments which may be required by your rental agency. Please contact us to arrange your booking today.

Mosquitos

Mossies and Queensland they just go together so well! I could write paragraphs on why they are bad but let’s keep it short and simple. The bites sting A LOT but most of all they spread disease, did you know they are the worlds most deadly animal. Yes you read that correctly, around the world the tiny mossie is responsible for the most deaths year on year!

Household mosquito treatments are something most people don’t even realize is an option around their home. We used specialized application techniques to provide a treatment to the grounds around your home to provide up to 6 weeks of protection. This treatment greatly reduces mosquito populations around the home.

Call us today to enquire about having your property treated for mosquitos and see the difference it can make around your home!

Bees

Did you know we work with a number of active bee keepers across Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. We work with these other businesses to try and re-home bee problems instead of us using chemical treatments. Some bees are not possible to relocate though and a chemical treatment is required to eliminate those problems.

By using an experienced beekeeper (Apiary) some clients don’t even get charged AND we are doing our part for the environment by saving the bee colonies which.

People usually find they have bees in their homes by the smell of a sickly sweet substance in odd places, the sound of the hive inside a wall or ceiling cavity or they notice bee’s entering in large numbers in a small opening around the home. If you notice any of these signs or are concerned please give us a call today.

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Funnel Ants

Funnel ants are those incredibly annoying tiny ants that build large soil mounds on your grass, usually after rain. They can cause erosion, damage your mower and even become trip hazards around your home. With one treatment we can now guarantee total elimination of these annoying pests. No multiple visits, no returning each year when they return. One treatment and they are gone!

Treatment of these can only occur when the are active. If you know rain is coming and you have a history of them in your lawn then give us a call in advance and we can put a booking in ready to go once the rain has moved on.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on your blood, often causing itchy bites. They tend to live around your bed and travel on clothing, furniture, bedding and luggage. Bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases, their bites are very aggravating and in a colony can be aggressive.

Depending on what has been effected by the bed bugs will depend on the treatment for them. Generally a mix of specialised chemicals, heat and vacuuming is used to eliminate a bed bug problem.

Bed bugs commonly appear after travelling. There’s a reason my mum always said to never put your suitcase on your bed!

If you suspect a bed bug problem, the first sign is usually the bites! Call today to arrange an immediate treatment.

Termite Bait Stations / Termite Monitoring

Termite bait stations are a form of managing your termite risk. They involve placing termite baits or termite monitoring stations around the perimeter of your home (on average every 3m apart depending on the system used)

Not every property is suitable for a chemical barrier, usually due to the type of construction methods used in the home. Using termite bait stations is a very effective way of still actively managing your risk of termites around your home.

There are two main termite baiting systems on the market today for professional pest managers. They both contain an attractant and a termicide in a single bait station. Until recently termite bait stations had to be loaded with sacrificial timber attractants and checked on a very regular basis so termite activity could be detected and then termicide could be added to the active termites. The time and cost involved in these systems commonly saw them being neglected shortly after installation. By using the latest products on the market we are able to reduce our visits to your property to check the bait stations thereby reducing the cost to you.

Termite bait stations are environmentally safe and very safe for humans and pets. They are securely placed in the ground in locked containers so little fingers or paws cant access them.

If you would like to know more about having a termite baiting system installed around your home please enquire today. We offer a no obligation assessment of your home to identify its suitability for this product and also provide you with a no obligation quote for its installation if its found to be a viable risk management strategy.

Sunshine Coast Termite Barriers & Termite Bait Stations

Chemical Termite Barriers

A chemical barrier is a form of managing your termite risk. They involve the placement of chemical around the full perimeter of your home in the soil above and below the footing. Termites are subterranean meaning they travel through the soil to gain access to your home. By placing a chemical barrier around the home termites are affected by the termicide chemical as they enter the home resulting in death of the termites and their colony.

The chemical choices for termite barriers are quite extensive with many brands, active ingredients and mode of actions in the market place for professional pest managers to choose from. We have spent a great deal of time over the years ensuring we only use the best products on the market that are proven and effective at protecting your home.

Termidor is a highly effective termicide that we use exclusively on our termite barriers. Whilst there are cheaper options available we have found that this product continually provides better protection and a greater coverage of the soil areas when applied correctly. We are proud to be Termidor accredited applicators and use this product with pride.

A correctly applied chemical treatment will last up to 8 years. In some high pressure environments, some additional top ups may be recommended during the course of the 8 year period.

The application process does involve digging the soil around the perimeter of the home to gain access to the footing and also drill and injecting below any concrete paths that may be around the home. Whilst this can be a messy task we take great pride in our work and leave your yard, gardens and paths as clean as we found them to ensure you’re not left cleaning up at the end.

If you would like to know more about having a chemical barrier installed around your home please enquire today. We offer a no obligation assessment of your home to identify its suitability for this product and also provide you with a no obligation quote for its installation if its found to be a viable risk management strategy.

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Termite Inspections

A termite inspection should be carried out at least every 12 months on your property. Even with risk management strategies in place (chemical barriers, physical barriers or termite baiting) an annual inspection is a must for your home.

WHY? Mainly because conditions change constantly around your home and also the neighbouring properties that may affect your property as a result. That leaking downpipe that you’ve been leaving is now highly attractive to termites and they could be breaching through the garden bed you just planted against the house. That new fire pit you installed may look great but what about the 500kg of logs you have now piled against your fence!

Conditions change, termites are constantly foraging for new food sources. We have seen so many properties that have been extensively damaged by termites that could have been avoided by doing something as simple and cheap as a termite inspection each year. Instead home owners are left with a huge repair bill (that isn’t covered by your insurance!)

When was the last time you had your property inspected for termites? Enquire today to arrange your termite inspection.

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Katy

Customer Service
Katy joined the administration team at Proactive Pest Solutions in 2020 and her passion for customer service shines through every conversation she has with each customer.

After spending the majority of her career in customer facing roles creating and maintaining long term relationships with her customers, Katy put the same passion into raising her amazing family and when Katy re-joined the workforce, she commenced her career in pest control where she has amassed more than a decade worth of experience.

This is why, Katy is not only a valued member of the team because of her attention to customer service but also due to her time served in the pest control industry where her knowledge further benefits our customers and the long-term relationships, we develop with them.

Katy’s passion for customer service is matched only by her adventurous spirit, having made the move from Melbourne to the sunny state of QLD, so when Katy isn’t arranging your pest control appointment, you will likely find her enjoying the great outdoors with her family.

Colin Colin Shurey

PEST TECHNICIAN
Colin joined the Proactive Pest Solutions team as a pest technician in 2020 and his infectious smile and endearing personality has been greeting our customers ever since.

Colin started out as a carpenter / joiner in the UK and Europe. In early 2000 Colin moved himself and his family to Australia and soon decided that he liked finding the creatures that live inside timber more than he enjoyed building with it. Soon after Colin decided he would transfer his skills and commenced a career in the pest control industry working for several local pest companies where he gained a great deal of experience and his QLD pest control licence.

Colin eventually set up his own pest control company where he enjoyed providing the local community with pest control services. 
When the opportunity arose to join Proactive Pest Solutions’ Colin took this opportunity allowing him to spend more time fulfilling his passion for pest control and less time with the running of a business.

When Colin isn’t serving the community with pest related advice, he can be found serving the community as an auxiliary firefighter.

Cockroaches

Nothing can make someone scream as much a cockroach! Lets face it, no one likes cockroaches, there’s nothing good about them! A key thing to consider with cockroaches is treatment without delay is paramount to controlling the population and the spread throughout your home. By the time you see one out in the open there is usually a large and growing population of them where you can’t see them!

Cockroaches spread diseases and bacteria very easily to humans. Controlling and eliminating them from your home is a key aspect of ensuring a healthy home.

We are experts in identifying harborages (where they live and breed) and providing expert treatment options for your home. If your finding cockroaches or suspect cockroaches in your home call or enquire today.