Mice. They’re one of the most feared and hated home pests. They come into your home uninvited and scurry around, often showing their little heads when you’re least expecting it. While some people keep them as pets, most want nothing to do with the creatures being in their homes.
One of the biggest challenges with mice is their persistence. What starts out as just one mouse can quickly turn into a huge problem. One female mouse usually produces 6-8 mice per litter, and with multiple litters per year, that can add up to about 40 new additions to your home.
The best strategy for controlling a mouse issue is all about prevention. Take a few steps to keep them out of your home in the first place, and you’re less likely to have one startle you as pour your first cup of coffee one early morning.
Here are the top five ways to keep mice out of your home.
Seal Off Entry Points
Mice are small, but most people don’t realize these tiny creatures need barely any room at all to sneak into your home. The average mouse can squeeze through a space that’s no larger than a nickel.
Seal off cracks in your foundation, walls and flooring as well as gaps in doors and windows. Also, don’t forget about the obvious entry areas, like chimneys, which can easily be sealed off wit a screen.
Make Your Home Uninviting
There’s a common misconception that mice only infest dirty homes. The truth is that mice can find the smallest spill inviting and love cozy spots like your child’s bin of stuffed animals.
To be proactive against mice, take a few extra steps in your cleaning routine to reduce temptation for them. When mopping or vacuuming floors, pay extra attention to the spaces under and behind furniture, as well as corner areas where dust and debris accumulates. Spend a weekend removing clutter and finally take all that old stuff to be recycled or donated.
Make Food Inaccessible
This one’s simple. Don’t make it easy for mice to get into your food. Just a few measures can help keep mice away.
- Store food in airtight containers
- Keep boxes of food off the floor. All food should be on elevated shelves in the pantry or cupboards.
- Don’t forget to seal pet food.
- Use a tightly sealed trash can and take it out frequently.
Think About Getting a Pet
While a cat or dog might not be enough to handle an infestation single handedly, their presence alone is often enough to make a mouse think twice about setting up residence in your home. For those that don’t like fluffy pets, pet snakes are also great for keeping mice away.
Hire Professional Pest Control
One of the best measures for keeping mice out of your home is preventative pest control by a reputable pest control service. Schedule an appointment to have your home inspected for a risk assessment and recommended plan of action. We’re ready to help you. Contact Action Pest Exterminating today and let’s keep those mice away from your home.