First things first, a pest control company is coming tomorrow. Pest control is covered under my condo fees. (I live in an end unit town home). I just wanted to ask you guys who have had a similar situation what to expect, how to prepare my home, and what I should be ready to do afterwards.
Wife first saw a mouse run out of the hall closet November 30th. Found a dead mouse under the garbage can a week later.
I then saw my cat going crazy trying to get at something under the stove a month or so later. Moved the stove. There is a small hole where the gas line goes into the floor, so I assume it escaped there.
Then saw a mouse run through the garage one day a few weeks ago. I pull a shelving unit out and see a rather large gap near the floor that goes into who-knows-where. I tear a bit of drywall off and see that it leads to a very accessible part of uncovered insulation, straight into the house. There are also mouse droppings all over the place. As we are going on our honeymoon in a week or so, I leave it for the time being.
When I get back from the honeymoon (Saturday), I see in the basement (carpeted) that the large Styrofoam piece that was on the floor from an electric fireplace we got was chewed up. Tiny little bits all over the place. It wasn't the cat, since she was at a friend's for the week while we were away. Then, I see a dead mouse by the wall, and a tiny little hole chewed in the wall where the main drain comes out of the wall.
Today, I can go into the garage, open the garage door, (way more droppings now where the opening there is an all along the walls) and stamp my feet, and a mouse (or two) will go running out of the garage. Works every time. I imagine it's the same ones running out and then back in. The weather stripping along the bottom of the garage door I installed last year has a chewed gap at each end.
Lastly, there is a very noticeable smell on the main floor around the front hall closet and possibly into the kitchen area (they're rather close). I've pulled out the fridge, stove, and looked in the closet but can't find any dead mice.
These little fuckers! So, my question is basically this: what are these guys going to do tomorrow? Are they just going to throw down some poison/traps? Will they close up the gaps that I've found? Will they tear out part of the wall to find a nest? If so, will they repair the wall afterwards? Will they paint? Will they have some fancy, state-of-the-art gadget that finds mice through walls and zaps em dead?
And do I need to do anything to make their job easier tomorrow? I've already pulled out a bunch of stuff away from the corner in the garage where they're getting into the house, but there's another wall where my workbench is, another shelving unit, mini-fridge, etc. I'm assuming they'll be the ones moving all that stuff, then?
I expect that's what they're paid to do, but I'll be annoyed if they come and then tell me they'll have to come back when everything is more accessible.
Edit: And I've smelled something foul in the foyer/kitchen area a couple times before, but I always thought it was something in the sink drain as it went away in a few days. There is no visible trap under the sink, so I figured it was just sewer gas/whatever from that problem, and planned on fixing that at some point. I just out of curiosity went down into the laundry room and found the trap for the kitchen sink under the floor. So, maybe dead mice all the time? How long does it take for a mouse to decompose and stop smelling? I'd hate to have to tear up floors/walls here.