When I came across this article and others like it, It got me thinking that this is a real problem. Mice are terrible when they get into your home. It is extremely hard to get rid of the little pests. I know of people who have cats and don't have mice problems, but for those out there that are not cat lovers or have alergies there are other options avaialbe in Edmonton.
Mice invading EdmontonKEVIN MAIMANN, EDMONTON SUNBeamer, a domestic short hair mixed breed plays a little game of cat and mouse.TOM BRAID/EDMONTON SUN FILEArticle
Mice are invading Edmonton homes as temperatures cool.
Amin Poonja, owner and manager of EcoPest, says reports of mice always ramp up in fall and winter, but this year has been worse than 2012.
He says the number of mouse calls to his pest control company has increased significantly in the past two months.
"Last year we had a bit of a decline, but I think they're coming back again," Poonja said.
He suspects the city's continued outward growth is part of the reason for the increase.
"As more construction goes on, the mice in the area are being dispersed , so they're all coming into the city areas," he said.
"People build houses and deck areas, and those provide good harbour areas for mice."
Poonja suggests residents pack their garbage properly, don't leave pet food outside, and put a tray underneath bird feeders to capture falling seeds -80% of bird seed typically ends up on the ground, he said, and
can attract rodents. He also warned holes fit for mice could be created when workers install things like cable, gas lines, electrical lines and air conditioner units. It's important to plug those holes, he says, because when mice get in, it's not easy to get them out.
"Once they get into your house, you're a target for the rest of your life," he said.
"Because you might get rid of that mouse, but they leave pheromone trails, and all the mice in the vicinity follow those trails."