If you have telltale signs of a mouse problem, such as the presence of droppings, noticing gnaw marks, or even seeing a mouse or two, finding a solution is necessary so they do not infest your home’s interior. Here are some effective ways to keep mice from becoming a pesky nuisance.
Check the Exterior for Damage
Mice will wriggle their way inside of a home wherever there is a damaged spot along the exterior siding or where gaps are present around doors or window frames. It is important to do an evaluation of your home’s exterior so repair work is made in a timely manner. Consider using caulk to fill in holes or cracks as a precaution. When springtime arrives, replace damaged wood pieces and use weather-stripping to keep your home sealed against rodent breaches.
Make It a Priority to Clean Efficiently
If you do not take the time to clean the inside of your home, mice will have a readily available food supply in place. It is important to wipe down countertops after each meal preparation session so food remnants are not left behind. In addition, sweep and vacuum floors and carpets to remove crumbs from the premises. These rodent control tactics just take minutes a day.
Remove Attractions and Add Deterrents
If you keep fire logs on your property, consider moving them to a location out of view of your home. Mice tend to burrow between wood pieces and may make their way to your structure if a woodpile is close by. Remove water sources from your property as well as they could attract mice, other rodents, and insects. Keeping a cat on your property works well when it comes to eliminating mice! And while you’re at it, add a few plastic owls or hawks to your property. Mice will shy away from these decoys as they will believe they will be in danger if they get too close to them.
If you are dealing with a mouse problem, calling a pest control service is the best way to eradicate pests efficiently and safely. Simply contact us to set up an appointment for an assessment of your home or to ask us questions regarding mouse control tips.