A lot of builders get an unfair rap for being bodgers – but when it comes to mouse proofing, unfortunately it is absolutely true. Time and again the evidence shows they just cannot do it.
One of the strengths of the average builder is that they are jacks of all trades. They can build a wall, create a concrete floor, fix some pipes, lay tiles on the roof.
So how hard could it be to block up a few holes to stop mice getting through a wall? Well, the proof is, much harder than they thought!
Here at SUPERPROOF™ we regularly respond to calls from property owners to get rid of mice after they have first asked a builder or odd job maintenance company to do the job.
Soon after the builder has picked up his tools – but probably not his mess – the mice are back. How and why on earth did that happen? Below, we give five reasons.
They all point to the fact that mice infestation is a more sophisticated and serious problem than can be solved by a bit of builder bodging – no matter how well-meaning it might be.
1. Builders do not understand mouse behaviour.
If you want to get rid of mice from a house, you have to know how and why they got into it in the first place. Understanding how mice ‘see’ and operate in their natural environment – which could become your home – is vital. You have to get down to the mice level, physically and instinctively. To think how they sustain themselves, what their behavioural traits are, and what their capabilities are. Okay SUPERPROOF™ technicians don’t don a mouse suit and twitch their noses, but they are trained to understand these issues. Builders are not. That is why they are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to trying to exclude mice from your home.
2. Builders don’t use genuine mice proofing materials.
Can mice chew through plaster? Yes they can. The same for wood? Yes. Filler? Yes. Caulk? Easy peasy. Expanding foam? To a mouse, it’s as easy as us taking the plastic film off a ready-meal dinner. They love the stuff! They even nest in it. These are all materials regularly used by builders to mouse proof homes.
3. They don’t have the latest mouse proofing equipment.
The main point here is that they cannot reach holes in difficult places. So they either get missed, or a huge amount of expense and mess is created to gain access to them. Then they use the wrong materials to block them! At SUPERPROOF™ we inspect, access and block holes up behind kitchen units and pipes WITHOUT moving the fixtures themselves, using specialist cameras and equipment we have sourced and designed ourselves.
4. Builders have no mice proofing experience.
They might offer to get rid of mice as a favour to a client – some builders have hearts! Or to earn some extra cash. But it’s no means a core skill. SUPERPROOF™ mice proofs properties day in and day out. Ours is a fully-specialised service. We know all the challenges involved and how to overcome them. We won’t say we’ve seen it all. But we’ve never been beaten!
5. They don’t issue certified guarantees.
Why? Because they do not have confidence in the mouse proofing they do. They probably know it’s a bit of a bodge and they don’t want to hang their reputation, and the risk of additional cost, on the quality of their mouse proofing work. That’s not the case with us. With SUPERPROOF™ your mice proofing investment is fully protected via our no quibble 6 months guarantee and annual certificate.
So, next time a builder offers to mouse proof your property, we would advise you to think twice. In fact, think five times, and give us a call. Superproofing is the only professional, guaranteed option for mouse proofing success.