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Ever needed to remove mice from your house? Try these methods to help get rid of the problem before it gets too big. Mice can be tricky pests, so it pays to take precautions. Use these ideas to help give your house more protection and avoid an infestation.
Most homeowners don’t want mice and other pests in their house. And why would they? Pests can cause property damage, carry disease, and contaminate your home. Once you have a mouse problem, they can take some effort to remove once and for all. Use these methods to help deal with a problem once you discover mice in your home.
- Eliminate any entry points – Cracks are a likely place for mice to enter, especially since they are adept at squeezing through even the tiniest cracks. Inspect the exterior of your home for any visible cracks and seal them immediately. A good rule of thumb is if a pencil can fit through the crack, so can a mouse.
- Clean all spills immediately – Food and drink spills can be big attractions for mice. Clean up any spills right away to avoid attracting mice inside. For extra protection, disinfect and vacuum the floors to be sure you remove any particles the mice may find attractive. When cleaning, remember to mouse-proof your pantry to keep your food out of reach. Store all dry goods in airtight containers. Pay special attention to food (including pet food according to Mr Pest Control) to protect it from contamination.
- Remove clutter – Mice tend to hide in small, dark, out-of-the-way corners in the house. Store things properly and avoid clutter to make your home less inviting to any mice looking to make a nest. Some particularly attractive refuges for mice include cardboard boxes, old furniture, and piles of clothing. Mice are liable to chew through these things, causing damage.
- Use strong smells as a deterrent – Certain substances are known to deter mice. Natural methods often use strong odours to repel mice from the premises. One example is mint. Place mint plants around the windows to prevent mice sneaking through them. You can also sprinkle peppermint or spearmint essential oil around the house as an extra deterrent. Cleaning the house with ammonia can also wipe away any trace of pheromones mice may use to lead others into the house.
- Keep the doors closed – If you’re in the habit of keeping the doors open most of the time, it may be a good idea to stop. Mice may take advantage of the open doors to dart inside when you’re not looking. Avoid leaving the doors open (especially at night, when mice are most active). If you leave the doors open during summer to let air in, use a screen door that can keep mice out, but let a breeze through.
- Clean up outdoor areas – Mice are known to use any hiding spots they can find, including outdoor wood piles. Refrain from keeping wood piles too close to the house; mice may use the wood pile as a stepping stone to make it inside. If you have any birdhouses, clean up any stray and fallen birdseed, and clean the feeder regularly. Take steps to secure the garage as well; they tend to be less defended than your house, and offer plenty of safe hiding spots for mice.
- Trim your plants – Sometimes, mice use hanging branches as entry points into a house’s attic. Trim your trees regularly, especially ones that grow close to the house to avoid giving mice an easy way inside. Prune any bushes and shrubbery outside as well. Mice can use these places to hide on the way to the house, or use them as nests.
Ideally, the best response in case of a mouse infestation is to leave it to the pros. Expert pest management companies like jdmpestcontrol.ca offer a wide range of services to help manage pest activity. The one thing to remember about pests is that prevention beats a cure. Some of these methods also work to keep mice out of the house from the start.