Removing Mice From Your Heating Ducts
Mice like to use heating and cooling ducts in the home or office as a way to get from one place to the next. Mice will often take refuge in heating ducts after they have stolen food, and in most cases they will eat, urinate and pass feces in these ducts. Sometimes, they die in heating ducts and their decaying carcasses will cause foul odors to emanate from the duct.
This poses a great hazard to the health of humans, since air-borne viruses can spread in this manner. In order to protect your health and the health of others you will need to take steps to remove these rodents from your heating ducts:
How can I remove mice from my heating ducts?
Here are some simple steps you can use to remove mice from your heating ducts:
- Turn off the heating system in the home or office and then allow the heating grates to cool off completely.
- Remove all the grates that are covering your heating ducts and put snap traps inside the ducts. Be sure to put a bait on the snap traps that you use, the bait can be cheese or dried fruit.
- After you have set up the traps, you should replace all the heating grates and turn on the heating system in the same way that you normally would.
- Every morning you can begin a routine check to see if there are any mice trapped in the snap traps you have set. For this purpose, you do not need to remove the heating grates, you simply need to use a powerful flashlight to peek inside the heating duct. If you see any dead mice, then you should turn off the heating system and allow the heating grates to cool. You can then remove the grates and put on rubber gloves before removing any trap.
How do I properly dispose of mice caught in traps?
The way you dispose of dead mice is extremely important because mice carry a lot of germs and viruses. You can remove the dead rodent from the trap, so that you can use the trap again, but if you are squeamish then just leave the mouse on the trap and throw it in a zipper bag before putting it inside a bin.
Once you have gotten rid of all the mice in your heating ducts, you should check your heating grates for gaps. If you find any gaps, then use fine mesh wire that you can buy at the hardware store to close these gaps. Need more help? Contact a company like Coastal Pest Management for more information.