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Controlling Mice in Your Home: How to Keep Them out

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Signs include finding small brown pellets that look like grains of dark rice (mouse feces) or holes chewed in the bottom of bags of food. Mice control is important, but it starts with controlling mice even get into the house. Let’s talk about how to keep mice out of the house. 

Controlling Mice

It’s a good time of year to start mice control. Controlling mice begins outside. You need to make sure entry points into the house are properly sealed. Mice can squish their bodies down to a fraction of their standing size, meaning they can get through many cracks and gaps. Seal these up. Take an extra step by clearing debris and items away from the walls of your home. Keeping mice out of the house means giving them no place to hide alongside the house as they search for entry.

Mice are skilled at finding their way into walls, regardless of whether you have a new or old home. This means that however they get inside, once they’re inside they’ll pretty much have run of the house.

Get Rid of Mice

Mice are looking for warmth and for food. Mice control means wiping up any crumbs and not leaving food out. Mice are carriers of a number of diseases and if they get into your food, you can be exposed to a significant health risk. If you find that mice frequent an area, pick things up off the floor so there’s less room for them to hide. They’ll deal with open floor space if they must, but they’ll always take the most hidden route available to them.

To get rid of mice, you can set your own traps. This will address the problem one by one, but won’t always solve a rodent infestation. A mouse is seldom alone. To truly get rid of mice, you may need to contact Ransford Pest to help you track down where they’re bedding down and come up with a more complete approach to mouse control.

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.

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