Some of us like to do it ourselves. It saves money and gives us a sense of accomplishment.
Here are some tips on how to handle ants and mice:
ANTS: Mound ants and pavement ants most commonly found on the driveway or in the garden or grass areas are fairly easy to get rid of. Carpenter ants, Corn Field ants, Oderous ants are more difficult and usually require a professional like myself. However if you have the more common variety here are some simple and inexpensive ways to get rid of them.
If you know where the main entry or mound is simply boil a kettle of water ( make sure you have a lid on it for safety reasons) and pour the water down the hole(s). Check for activity the next day and repeat if necessary. Simple and cheap!!
If you are not sure where the main nest may be, a really good product to use is Silicon Dioxide more commonly known as Diatomaceous Earth. This product is available at most stores like Canadian Tire, Rona, Home Depot etc. It is made from the crushed fossils of marine life and is safe to use around kids, pets and the rest of us humans. It usually comes in a white plastic bottle and is labelled as ant killer or crawling insect killer. Just check the label for silicone dioxide or diatomaceous earth. Make sure you purchase and use products approved by Health Canada.
To use , simply dust the area where you see the ants travelling. This product actually cuts into their joints and thus causes them to dry out and die. Do not use too much, pretend you are dusting a donut with icing sugar. As is in most cases with pesticides , more does not mean better. Apply repeatedly if necessary , especially after it rains. This method is proven effective and again is quite inexpensive.
MICE: Destroying mice is real easy. The problem is to keep them from coming into your living space.
The first thing you should try to do is establish the entry point. Do a perimeter check of your home. If you can find a hole in which your pinky finger can fit, that's big enough for a mouse to get through ( for rats its your thumb, hence the rule of thumb lol). In particular check where the A/C, cable, electricity, hydro, water come into the house. Many times the tradesperson has not done a good enough job filling in the holes where these utilities enter the house. If you do find holes fill with steel wool or better yet, purchase expanding foam insulation from the hardware store.
Once you have repaired the holes around the house its time to eliminate whatever mouse population is still inside. The old fashioned snap trap or the modern glue boards both work well when used as directed. If you continue to get mice in the house then its time to call the professionals.