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Prevent Mice at your Muskoka Cottage

Mus musculus, Apodemus sylvaticus and Peromyscus maniculatus…bless you!

Actually, these are the scientific names for the common house mouse, field mouse and deer mouse. This time of year, these rodents look to make your Muskoka cottage their home.

Mice are considered a major structural pests. They can cause serious damage, economic loss, health hazards and an unsanitary environment.

Unwanted mice are considered vermin and spread disease through their parasites and feces. In North America, breathing dust that has come in contact with mouse excrement has been   linked to hantavirus, which may lead to hantavirus pulmonary   syndrome (HPS). Not normally found in cities, deer and field mice live in forests, grasslands, meadows and marshes. They will venture into   buildings situated in and around wooded areas, including your cottage. They can be destructive to wood structures, gnaw through electrical wire and carry several potential health concerns.  

Weed control and rodent control go hand-in-hand. Ensure the area surrounding your cottage is unattractive to mice will help to keep them away. Keeping your property clean and orderly will limit nesting sites and materials. Eliminate potential food sources. In the cottage, dried foods should be stored in rodent-proof containers. Also, grass and other seeds should be kept off the ground in rodent-proof containers.

Block all entry points!

Sealing all spaces that are open to the exterior will keep the mice outside where they belong. Check for space around doors and windows, pipes, vents and any other openings.

For more information on prevention watch this short video by Cottage Life.

Hire a Pro!

A Pest Management company such as Abell Pest Control has products developed for the control of mice. Depending on the severity of the infestation a single control measure may not be effective, and an integrated program conducted by a Service Technician will be required.

Sources cited: Abell Pest Control, Wikipedia and Cottage Life.