Solving a mouse infestation is seldom easy. Mice are incredibly adaptive and persistent pests that create all kinds of headaches for homeowners. Despite this, there are a number of steps you can take to relieve the rodent pressure on your home.
It is important to remember that mice require ready access to food and water sources for survival. Removing food sources will help to significantly reduce the amount of mice that your home can support.
- Store food in metal and glass containers that exclude mice
- Regularly clean spilled food and cooking grease in the kitchen including in hard to reach areas below and behind appliances
- Do not leave pet food out overnight
- Quickly fix and repair any water leaks inside the home
- Be sure to store pet food and seed in the garage inside metal containers
Around your property there are a number of things you can do to keep mice from moving in on you.
- Removing bird feeders is one of the most important things you can do reduce the mouse population in and around your property. While many homeowners welcome the sight of birds visiting their yard, the seed that falls to ground is a buffet for hungry mice. When inspecting a home for mice it is very common to find piles of bird seed behind walls and inside the attic. That seed acts a food source for mice to help them survive inside your home through harsh winters. Removing that source of food will force mice to find their meals away from your home and reduce your chances for infestation.
- Vegetation, wood piles, storage areas and clutter around your home’s foundation act as harbourage areas for mice. Be sure to trim back vines and shrubs close to your home that can damage building materials and create entry points. To help keep them safe from predators, mice prefer to travel next to walls as opposed to wide open spaces. The more open your foundation is the less inviting it will be for curious mice.
- Regularly inspecting and maintaining your home’s exterior is critical to keeping wildlife out. Mice are opportunists that will take advantage of any openings created by age or weather. Be sure to repair any damage quickly to prevent mice from gaining a foothold.
By understanding the conditions that mice thrive in we can modify our behaviour and environment to reduce their presence. Call Skedaddle today to find out how Skedaddle’s proven method of removing and excluding mice can work for you. 1-888-592-0387.