Mice never make for pleasant guests. It is not their looks, in fact, that made them the poster child for pest problems – it’s the destruction, disorder and disease that comes along with them.
Prevent your mice problems before they start with a few simple tips.
How to Avoid Mouse Infestation
When facing the threat of a mice invasion in your home, the stakes are high. Your family, your belongings, your food, and most importantly, the home itself are all under threat of severe mice damage.
There are three simple rules that apply for mice.
- Do not attract them.
- Do not let them in.
- Do not let them feed.
Here is what you can do for your home.
- Take out your garbage regularly and block holes that let light in. Rubbish and light attract these pests.
- Keep the space open and the corners clean. It’s not just rubbish, mice are attracted to clutter in general. Bottles, newspapers, old furniture, clothing – anything that would give the mouse a place to hide.
- Secure the perimeter. Cracks in pipes, holes in the foundation, spaces under doors, these are all breach points where mice can enter.
- Secure your food supply in airtight containers, mice will have no food supply and will not be able to survive. Remember: this includes your any pet food as well!
- Get a cat. Perhaps it’s a cliché, but truths become cliché for a reason!
- Clean the garden. Mice thrive in piles of debris and untrimmed hedges. If you keep it tidy, rodents will have less places to hide.
- Plant strong smelling plants like camphor, garlic, and mint as the odour is too much for mice to bear.
- Keep mulching to a minimum as mice love these kinds of materials for nesting.
- Attract bird life. This may sound like a crazy idea but it’s a fact that a family predatory birds such as barn owls can eat up to fifteen mice a night. Not only that, but it’s a rodent’s natural instinct to avoid their bird enemies and the places they inhabit.
How to Know You Have a Mouse Infestation
- Spot mouse droppings. Mice don’t have regular eating habits, so their defecating ones are just as irregular. It’s the same when it comes to time and place. That’s why droppings can be found just about anywhere they pass by. This is also a problem for you, as mouse droppings might not just be diseased, but they’ll also attract lots of unhealthy bacteria. Which is why once you spot them, you better start taking measures against an infestation, even if you haven’t seen anything else.
- Notice mouse markings. It might not look like it, but mouse fur is greasy. This is due to the humid, dirty places they go though. If they move through holes, it helps them squeeze easier, and it also leaves an imprint. And, as you guessed it – yes, they’re also a health hazard.
- Hear the new sounds. Mice usually come out at night. They like to get to know their environment well, and this means finding out where they can dig an escape route. That’s why you could hear scratching sounds on wood, cement and just about anything else.
- Determine the nest. Mice build their nests just about anywhere. Any well covered spot is fine, and they are fast and agile enough to gather materials until it is finished. They only need food, the water in that food is usually enough for their tiny bodies to sustain them for days. The most common places where you might find a nest in your home is usually the hollow parts of walls, ceilings, floors, sometimes even under furniture. Right after they have finished their nest, the population of the infestation will skyrocket and it won’t be long until they start getting pushed out from their hideout from the sheer lack of space.
- Notice the smell. If there isn’t anything else, you can simply trust your nose to notice the foul smell of urine and excrement.
- Spot mouse tracks. It is possible for mice to leave footprints, and if you have a good eye, you can spot them. Not only that, but these tracks will also lead you to their nest. It’s even easier to see them if you spread talc powder over the floor.
- Actually spot a mouse. In the end, this is the only proof you need. Whether it be living or dead, if you see one mouse, you can be sure there will be more. Much more.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and we’re in the prevention business. We figured out a way to keep the mice out of our cherished spaces, so let our mice control team do the same for you.
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