5 reasons why your cat won’t solve your mouse problem

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Many people think that a house cat is the answer to their mouse infestation problems. Is this fact or fiction?

Although your pet is a great help in keeping rodents away from your home, don’t rely on them too much to stop an invasion. Instead, you should use a professional mouse extermination service.

While some cats will hunt mice, here are 5 reasons why your feline won’t help you get rid of a mouse problem:

1. Cats can’t reach mouse nests

While cats may limit the appeal of your home to mice, this doesn’t mean it is off-limits to them. Once they have entered your home, cats won’t go and remove them. They make their nests in often inaccessible places like the basement, attic, walls or crawl spaces.

Thanks to a strong survival instinct, rodents quickly understand that they can avoid danger by moving through tiny spaces. If you find yourself in this predicament, measures should be put in place to get rid of mice in the walls.

2. Not all cats are hunters

Although there is a stereotype that all cats are professional hunters, some are afraid of mice, while others see them simply as toys.

It all depends on the personality and breed of the feline. Here are the cat breeds that are the most gifted at hunting mice:

  • American shorthair
  • Maine coon
  • Siberian
  • Siamese
  • Chartreux

3. Mice carry diseases and other parasites

Even if your cat manages to catch a mouse or two, you may find yourself facing an even greater risk. Cats can catch fleas, ticks and other parasites by trapping and eating mice. No one wants their cat to get sick or infected. Above all, pests transmit diseases to both animals and humans.

In the case of mice, this includes the transmission of hantavirus (HPS) or Lyme disease. When you entrust your cat to protect you against rodents, you are not only endangering its health, but also the health of you and your family.

4. Mice reproduce quickly

When your cat manages to capture a mouse, you’ve won a battle at best, but you’ll never win the war. The gestation period for mice is so short that your cat probably won’t be able to keep up. Every 3 weeks, the female can have a litter of 4 to 12 mice.

If you want to avoid having dozens of mice in your house, you should set up a mouse extermination procedure as soon as possible. Letting them live in your home for an extended period of time can lead to a large-scale infestation.

5. Cats can’t block the entry points to your home

Caulking is a sometimes overlooked, yet effective solution that reduces the risk of rodent infestation, especially when done by specialists. But have you ever seen a cat seal entry points to prevent invasion and let you sleep soundly? We never have.

And even if your cat catches a few mice, it will happen again since the intruders have surely found a point of entry. Unfortunately, this access point won’t close by itself in the meantime, especially since an entry point of only a few millimeters is enough. These are often small cracks in the foundation, pipes that give direct access to your home or even a space under your front doors.

As long as you don’t block access to your home, pests will continue to return, looking for food and shelter when the weather gets colder. But not to worry, unlike your cat, E.Exterminateur offers a pest caulking service.

Let your cat relax, choose E.Exterminator

At E.Exterminateur, we are recognized in Quebec for our pest expertise. Our pest extermination team has been ridding homes of various kinds of pests for years, and mice are our favorite.

If you are the victim of an infestation, let your cat sleep in peace and contact us instead. We will get rid of the rodents and seal the entry points in no time flat. The only way to give you the peace of mind you deserve!