Control Mice By Sealing Up Gaps and Holes
The worst part about having to get rid of mice is that you start to think they’ve been in everything. Can they get into your cupboards and tear into food? Have they been scurrying around through your dishes? Unlike many pests, they’re experts at remaining stealthy. Finding a few hairs or a greasy streak could just be the result of a dust clump or a dish that didn’t get cleaned properly. Yet when you’ve failed to control mice, you have to assume that it’s evidence mice got into it.
This results in a lot of re-washing and plastic containers, of jumping at shadows or small sounds that indicate mice might be scurrying. The worst aspects of living with mice are preventing mice from getting into everything and the constant worry this gives you.
Mouse Prevention Tips
Mouse prevention requires denying them food, water, and shelter. This means cleaning up after yourself, not leaving food out, and putting food in sturdy plastic containers or tins. Even a bag of dog food can be a feast for mice, and they have powerful teeth built for tearing through even these sturdy bags.
You can also clean up crumbs and spills and put them all in a single buffet: the trash can. Mouse control must involve trash cans that you can seal so that mice don’t simply get their food there. We also recommend moving outdoor trash away from the home so that a quick journey to the trash bins outside isn’t comfortable or easy.
Seal up gaps or holes through which mice can travel from the outside to the inside of your home. Mice can squish themselves into a much smaller diameter than you might think. A hole the size of a dime is one they can pass through. Consider rodent-proofing your fireplace or chimney: mice are expert climbers.
Get Rid of Mice
Mouse prevention tips only go so far if you’ve already got mice. Then preventing mice has to turn into mouse control. A rodent pest control specialist can quickly seek out and identify how mice are getting into and traveling around your house, and then figure out how to control the problem.
A family of just six mice can grow to upwards of 50 in number, and just because winter has passed doesn’t mean they’ll leave. If your home is comfortable for them, they’ll gladly stay. This is dangerous because they can carry diseases, including Lyme, Hanta, Salmonella, and a variety of other bacteria and viruses.
Looking for other ways to control mice? Contact Ransford Environmental Solutions today. We can work with you to get the mice out and keep them out for good!