Fall weather is here and rodents will be looking for dry and warm places to nest. Rodents, especially the house mouse, will readily explore and make your home their abode. Once inside they will use wall voids, utility pipes and wires, and heating and cooling ductwork to move around in search of their next meal. And even though they measure up to four inches in length from nose to tail, don’t underestimate the negative impact these small creatures can have on your home and health.
Good sanitation practices are one of the keys to successfully keeping mice out of your home. Keep counters clean, eliminate clutter, and be sure to collect and empty garbage, trash, and garden debris frequently, and make sure that all garbage receptacles have tight-fitting covers indoors and out.
But the first and most important step to make sure your home remains rodent-free is by preventing them from gaining access in the first place. Mice – and most pests, for that matter – are opportunists that spend most of their life looking for a way inside a structure in search of food, water, and shelter.
Seal cracks and holes on the outside your home – pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home; mice are willing climbers, can jump up to 12 inches, and can squeeze through an opening the size of a dime.
Replace/repair loose mortar around the foundation and ground-level windows.
Store firewood at least 20 feet from your home and off the ground.
Trim shrubs and trees close to your home, cut the grass regularly, rake up leaves, and pick up debris piles in the yard where mice like to hide.
Check the weather-stripping on garage and entry doors and make sure it has no gaps.
Make sure the screens on dryer, utility, and vents do not have tears or openings.
Make sure to keep garage and shed doors closed when not in use. Mice will readily run in an open garage door.
If you are dealing with mice in or around your home and in need of professional assistance, we are here to help. We offer home and property evaluations, short term and annual rodent control programs.