Mouse control is a common term for the process of getting rid of mice in homes and commercial property. The secret is in the name – ‘control’.
Why has a term that suggests you can’t actually get rid of mice, just control them, become common currency in the pest control industry? In fact, why do we have pest control companies trying to ‘control’ mice?
Here is one answer. It is recognition that it is not that easy to get rid of mice, without coming right out and admitting it.
After all, no pest control company really wants to base their marketing strategy on the strapline: “We’ll get rid of some of your mice. Maybe. That’s guaranteed!”
The truth is, for many years, pest control companies have used a range of techniques to TRY to get rid of mice. But not with 100% success.
In fact, most pest control companies get nowhere near 100% success. That is because mice and other rodents are designed to overcome hazards in their environment, including pest control companies.
Mouse control means partial success
That means the mouse control (there it is again!) measures that have become commonly used to tackle mouse problems are not very effective.
At best, they will control mice for a short period of time. But, once the actions taken by pest control companies end, where mice infestations are well entrenched, the rodents return.
The mice control measures in question are baiting – the use of rodenticides – and trapping, either using box traps or sticky traps. The conundrum is this: mice have developed two types of resistance to these attempts by humans to get rid of them.
One is behavioural resistance. Try to control a mouse, and the mouse will change its behaviour. So, mice learn to avoid areas where baiting is taking place, or traps are put down.
How they do this, may not be clear. But they do it. So attempts to get rid of mice becomes a not very effective attempt at mice control.
Rodenticide resistance – a growing problem
The pest controller has to return to the property several, sometimes many, times, to reset bait boxes or traps. They chase the mice around the building, like Benny Hill running after scantily-clad ladies.
The second is rodenticide resistance. Many populations of mice are highly resistant to poisons available to try to kill them. The result: mouse control becomes mouse feeding! Some mice may be killed. But others will not be. Some will avoid the bait. Others will eat it and not be killed.
Through a process of accelerated natural selection, a new population of Super Mice is created. This is a scientific fact. Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have shown Super Mice are already well established across the south east of England.
Pest control industry bosses are so concerned that it has said the rise of the Super Mouse is one of the biggest challenges facing the pest control industry.
Both the British Pest Control Association and the National Pest Technicians Association have raised concerns about ‘clever’ super mice that have been reported in the national media.
Put simply, even the concept of mouse control is under threat. Soon, in many areas there will be no method of control at all!
Sounds scary. Never fear. Because mouse control is associated with conventional pest control.
The question is, how do you turn MOUSE CONTROL into NO MORE MICE?
Redefining mouse control – mouse exclusion
The answer is SUPERPROOFTM. It does not attempt to kill or catch mice. It is a highly effective process for avoiding having to do either of those things. As such, it is a new way to define mouse control.
It is a proven way to proof the human living or working space in a building against mice and rats. As such, it is a method of mouse control. But one that works.
And here is how. Mice have evolved to live in the fabric of buildings. They occupy gaps inside walls, floors and ceilings left behind by the buildings.
Modern building material such as thermal insulation is made for mouse nests.
Where necessary, mice have the wherewithal – sharp teeth – to extend their homes. Warm and secure in their new homes, they then use tiny cracks and holes to get out into human space in the dead of night to forage for food.
And because we’re such messy animals, there’s plenty to be hand. A clump of granola on the floor. Left over bacon rind on a plate. A tube of pasta under the cooker. Thank you very much!
Mice control? More like mice feast!
But there is an answer. And it is to block all those holes, and tiny cracks that let mice get into the human space.
Not conventional mouse control – ultimate mouse control
SUPERPROOFTM works by protecting your living space from the inside out. If the mice cannot get in, they cannot reach the food. If they cannot reach the food, they quickly go hungry.
In fact, the mouse metabolism is so highly strung, mice need to eat very regularly to survive. They don’t have big paunches like us humans to keep them going if the next meal doesn’t come along.
SUPERPROOFTM has a clever system for spotting the entry points. Many are hidden away, out of view. Our trained technicians then use the right combinations of materials to block them up, preventing mice from getting in.
The work is done during the day, when mice are hiding in their nests.
A few hours later, at night, they face the ultimate mouse control. All their doors into our world are suddenly barred. There is no way in.
The only solution? The mice have to leave to find another place to live. A place where they can find food. And quickly. If the mice stay, they starve. Luckily for them, there are plenty of properties that are not Superproofed.
They cannot stay put and commute to eat. They have to be close to their food source. Most mice nest within 8 metres of the food they eat.
So, ultimate mice control is established. The mice have gone. There are no mice in your property. There is a fundamental reason they cannot stay.
They can’t reach your nosh!