Mouse proofing isn’t commonly an essential part of a birth plan. But for Kate Mansfield it definitely was.
She was preparing for the arrival of her second child – so she was determined that the mice that had taken up residence in her family’s home had to go.
Kate and her husband, Eoghan, had tried to block the holes through which the mice seemed to be getting into their house, but to no avail.
So, within weeks of the due date for the birth of their baby, she called SUPERPROOFTM . Days later, after one visit, the house was mouse-proofed, and the mice had gone.
Kate said: “Eoghan, in particular, was sceptical about whether the house could be mouse proofed so effectively. But with my baby on the way, I wanted to solve this mouse infestation problem.
“The two SUPERPROOFTM technicians who came were very professional, and worked amazingly hard. Also, it was clear they knew what they were doing.
“The proof of their work has been in the pudding. Since we had SUPERPROOFTM in to do the mouse proofing, we haven’t seen another mouse.
“Eoghan has gone from being sceptical to being very impressed. We’ve told friends that, if they have a problem with mice in the house, they should call SUPERPROOFTM straight away.”
The couple’s problems began when a house improvement project started nearby. They hadn’t seen any mice in the five years they had lived in the Victorian terraced house in Wandsworth, South West London.
Suddenly, the mice were there, and spreading quickly. They were spotted in the kitchen, then on upper floors, in bedrooms and the office, from where Kate works as a careers consultant.
She said: “They got quite brazen. We would see them two or three times a week, often in the day time. With a four-year-old son, and a baby on the way, I was most concerned about the hygiene issues.
“With small children in the house, no matter how careful we are, crumbs of food will be dropped, so there’s plenty of reasons why mice would want to come and live with us.
“However, I didn’t necessarily want to kill them. I really didn’t like the idea of poison and traps. I realised the real answer was to prevent them from getting into our home, so they have to find another place to live.”
Kate and Eoghan had experienced mouse problems in their previous home in Islington, north London, and had sought advice from a national pest control company.
Kate said: “We paid hundreds of pounds for advice and proofing materials that we ourselves had to use to block the holes in our home. However, we didn’t really know what we were doing, and it was very time consuming, with not very good results.
“We did try the same mouse proofing approach in our new home. We tried to fill the holes we could see with wire wool, and we did put down some bait in the kitchen. But the mice seemed to be clever, they never seemed to eat it.”
Value for money
After several weeks, with the mice appearing to spread through the house, they decided to call in a mouse proofing team from SUPERPROOFTM.
Kate said: “They worked like troopers all day, finding holes in places we would never look or couldn’t reach. They also told us wire wool wasn’t a good material to proof with, because it degrades and mice can chew through it.
“Seeing what they did, and the results of their work, I would say mouse proofing from SUPERPROOFTM is exceptional value for money. To be honest, I would have paid twice as much for their service. It was excellent.”
Kate and Eoghan continue to enjoy their mice-free home – along with their new daughter, Molly. She is just going to have to get to know about mice in her story books – and from a certain Mr Disney.