Prevent Mice from Taking up Space in Your Home This Winter
Think you don’t have to worry about mice this winter? You may want to think again. Winter is the single most common time for a rodent invasion, and the last thing you want to do is let them find a winter home with you. These tips will help you prevent mice and keep them out.
- Think About Pet Food: One of the best ways to prevent mice is to think about the pet food you put out. Whether it’s cat or dog food, or even food for the wild birds that visit your yard, mice would love to have a few bites. Make sure you store it well (in glass or heavy plastic containers with a lid that seals), and if it’s possible, don’t leave it out overnight. If Fido is done with his meal, get rid of the extra food so you don’t have it laying around to help invite mice to invade.
- Consider Your Trash: Open or poorly sealed trash cans are often also a perfect way to invite mice in or near your home. You’ll want to make sure your outdoor garbage cans are made of metal or heavy plastic and have a lid that fits well. Your indoor cans should also have a tight-fitting lid to keep any mice already living in your home out of the trash.
- Clean Up Quick: Inside or outside, you want to make sure everything is as clean as possible. Outside, make sure your leaf litter is not against the side of the house to help prevent mice. If you have fallen fruit from a tree or nuts that didn’t get harvested, be sure to get those off the ground as well. If you have a spill from a trash can, it’s essential to clean it up immediately. Inside, you should store everything in airtight containers and clean up any spills or problem areas. Sweep and mop on a regular basis, and if your toddler enjoys cereal on the couch routinely, you may want to vacuum it daily.
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