Best Way to Kill Mice and Keep Them Out

Remove mice from your homeSo, you can tell you have mice in your home. Whether you’ve heard the scratching or gnawing in the ceiling or in the walls or simply see the mice or droppings, it’s time to get rid of them. Today, we’ll look at the best way to kill mice in your home.


There are pretty much four basic types of traps; mechanical snap traps, multiple catch traps, glue traps, and electronic traps. We find the mechanical snap traps are the most reliable and best way to kill mice in your home. Why? It’s economical and quick. They are easy to set up and most (especially the wooden Victor snap trap) can be used repeatedly. We don’t typically recommend poison for several reasons. First, once the mouse eats the poison, it doesn’t usually leave your home. That means it’s still in your home. Second, the dead mouse in your house causes more issues from decomposing. A decomposing mouse smells bad and can attract other insects. This also creates a mold problem which in turn causes unhealthy air quality for you and your family. And lastly, we do not recommend poison if there are small children or pets in the home that could possibly get into the poison.

Glue Traps or Sticky Traps

We do not recommend glue traps. Glue traps or sticky traps have a sticky surface with an attractant for the mice or other rodents. As they run across the glue/sticky trap, the mice get stuck in the glue. The mice typically do not die right away. They die from starvation or dehydration over a period of several days. This is a very inhumane way to kill mice and even though we do not want mice in our homes, we do not recommend glue/sticky traps as the best way to kill mice.

Baiting Stations

Bait stations are sealed components with poison placed inside the station. These bait stations are placed outside in strategic locations around your home. These stations are safe as the poison cannot be accessed by pets or small children. These baiting stations allow rodents to enter the station through small holes, eat the poison, and then leave the station. Our bait stations are maintenance free and offer protection year round. This is one of the best ways to kill mice or rodents around the exterior of your home (not inside, remember; Do not kill anything in your home you cannot get out of your home) which will prevent them from getting into your home.

But, before you start killing those mice, take a look to see how they are entering your home. If you do not seal up your home properly, the mice will continue to enter your home. This continues the cycle of having to kill the mice. For more prevention and sealing of your home techniques, please see our blog post on “Common Places Mice Get Into Your Home.”

The Best Way to Kill Mice

1) Seal Your Home to prevent Mice from Entering
2) Set Mechanical Snap Traps
3) Place Bait Stations Around the Outside of Your Home

If you have a rodent infestation, but can’t get rid of mice, call Erdye’s for a FREE inspection of your basement, attic or crawlspace – we’ll track down your unwanted guests and come up with a safe, reliable plan to get rid of them.


How to get rid of miceThere’s no easy way to know if a company is truly a good rodent control company unless you are willing to do a little research and legwork on your end. We recommend starting your search online. You can use Google to search for companies in your area then look at their reviews. We suggest looking for a good rodent control company based on the reviews and comments on those reviews. Look for one that has many reviews, not just a few. You can also look at Yahoo and Angie’s List. Both of these online companies allow customers to leave reviews of the services used. Next, talk to neighbors and co-workers. They’ll be more than willing to share their good and bad experiences with you.

When it comes to rodent control, there is no one size fits all. Each home is different even if they were built at the same time. So then what should you look for when picking a good rodent control company?

Here are 5 tips in choosing a good rodent control company.

1) Someone with construction knowledge: Having a professional who understands construction and how homes are built from the ground up gives an edge in knowing where there may be gaps the rodents are using to enter into your home or business.

2) A full-service company: A full-service company provides a specialist to come out to your home and inspect your property not just give you an estimate over the phone. This is extremely important as you cannot give an accurate estimate without seeing the property. Each property is different, each rodent issue is different and the difference is not something known until an inspection is done.

3) FREE Inspections: You should not be charged to have your property looked at to decide the best way to control rodents. A good rodent control company will look in the attic, crawl space, basement, and go around the exterior of the home.

4) If they tell you where the rodents are getting in, they should also seal it: A good rodent control company will be able to share with you where the rodents are entering your home. They should also be able to seal that entrance on the spot. If they cannot do this for you, this would be a red flag.

5) Mechanical trapping in attics, basements, and crawl spaces: A good rodent control company uses mechanical trapping in their process of rodent control. You do not want to use a company that just scatters bait around and inside of your home. If the home is not properly sealed and a rodent ingests the poison and then enters your home to die, you now have even more issues. A dying anything in your home smells and creates mold. This is not something you want in one of your most valuable assets.

What is the next step? After a thorough inspection, the company should advise you about your infestation. Is it really bad? Can it be causing health issues in your home? Should there be some sort of cleanup and sanitation procedure performed? These are all questions that the company should offer solutions to even before you ask. And yes, at Erdye’s we offer all of these.

• Free Inspection
• Seal Your Home
• Cleanup and Sanitization

Call us with all of your rodent and pest control issues at 920.455.0373. We’re here to help you keep a healthy, safe, and rodent free home.

Common Places Mice Get Into Your Home

It’s certainly that time of year where rodents are looking to find warmer places to crash for the winter.  Today we are going to share some of the most common places mice get into your home.

One of the most common places mice get into your home is through the air conditioning unit. There is a coolant line and power line that needs to run back into the house from the air conditioner. These lines need to enter the home either through the concrete or the siding.  We find many times they are not properly sealed to prohibit the entry of mice. In the video below, Josh shows those entry points and talks about using stainless steel mesh for packing around the hoses.

Vinyl corners on houses are another common place mice get into your home. The vinyl corners are hollow and most times are not sealed at the bottom. This allows an entry point for mice or even larger rodents like squirrels to easily access your attic.

If you’re concerned about mice getting into your home or simply want to be proactive in protecting your investment, call us at 920.455.0373. We offer a Free Home Inspection and will do a walk-through of your basement, attic, and the outside of your home. After the inspection, we’ll share with you any concerns and entry points we find.  We will work with you to create a solution for sealing up the common places mice get into your home.

Bat Removal in Wisconsin

Little Brown Bats of Wisconsin–photo courtesy of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Did you know that Erdye’s Pest Control is a licensed bat removal specialists in the State of Wisconsin? We are! We know bats and we know how to remove them properly. These interesting and unique creatures only need the width of your pinky to get in to anywhere they find appealing. And not all information on bats is bad but, bats living in your home, however, are not where you want them to be.

The Good

Bats can consume up to 1,200 mosquitos in an hour and can consume up to their weight on other insects every night. This consumption helps to keep the bug population under control naturally.

The Bad

Bats deciding to live in a home attic or an outbuilding that humans occupy or frequent are not a good thing. Bat droppings, bat mites, and bat bugs are not good for human health. Fungi living in bat droppings can cause lung disease, while bat mites and bat bugs can bite humans and spread disease.

The Not So Ugly but Pretty Cool Facts About Bats

Bats have amazing homing abilities and will return to the same summer or winter home year after year. Bats can live for a long-time…some up to 30 years. This makes for generations of bats returning to the same area for years and years.

What to Do if You Have a Bat Issue?

If your bat issue is in the attic of your home, they are usually getting in where two roofs meet on a building and the seal is not complete. Inspect your home for tiny openings and gaps where your soffit and fascia meet the roof line. Because bats in Wisconsin are protected and it is illegal to kill them, proper bat removal from a home or building is needed. After the bats are removed, then the property needs to be sealed properly to keep them from returning.

If you believe bats are living in your home and have questions or concerns, call us at 920.455.0373 to schedule a 100% FREE inspection.

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Squirrel Extruder – Getting Rid of the Squirrels

Do you consider squirrels to be a pest? If they are getting inside of your home, you most likely do. Pest control services do not just include the little bugs but can also consist of squirrels, snakes, and other unwanted insects and animals in your home. One of our latest adventures was to help a homeowner with a squirrel issue at their home. Our method of choice was to use a squirrel extruder.

Squirrel extruders allow the squirrel to exit the building yet the squirrel cannot get back in. The picture below shows the cone that we installed on the homeowners house. This allows the squirrel to be unharmed and to go on with their business, just not inside this house.

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Squirrel Extruder

After we know that the squirrel has used the squirrel extruder, we come back to seal up the house so the squirrel cannot get back in. It’s safe for the squirrel and safe for the homeowner.

Squirrel Pest Control by Erdyes Pest Control in Wisconsin
Sealing the entrance where the squirrels were getting into the home.

sealing a home for pest control by Erdye's Pest Control in Green Bay and Appleton Wisconsin



If you have any questions on pest control issues at your home or business, give us a call at 920.455.0373. We’re happy to help rid your home or business of pests.