7 Steps to Prevent Mice in Your Home
Solve your rodent infestation issue at home once and for all
Though we try to keep our homes always clean, there are still issues that can make threaten the cleanliness of a home. One of these issues is mice infestation. From tiny crumbs of food to cracks and openings in the home, it seems that it’s more difficult to expel rodents from the home than to let them in.
But if you have this problem in your home, it is important to address it well, since mice pose plenty of risks—they carry different kinds of bacteria, they chew on wires which may lead to house fires, and a build-up of their droppings can worsen allergies and asthma. Don’t wait for the problem to get worse—here is a simple step-by-step guide to get rid of the pesky rodents chewing their way into your home.
Watch out for signs of infestation
It’s not that difficult to recognize the signs that your home has been penetrated by rodents. If you see that parts of your home have been chewed through or have gnawed holes, like boxes and even electrical wires, that’s a tell-tale sign. Also watch out for mice droppings, rub marks along the paths that they travel on, scampering noises, and strong urine odors.
Remember that there’s never just one mouse
The thing about mice is that they never travel solo. If you see one mouse anywhere in your home, it is very likely that there are other mice there as well. Remembering this fact will help you decide what method to use and prepare the appropriate number of materials that you will be using to address the issue.
Set aside the repellent
If you’re thinking of buying a chemical repellent, such as rat poison, to take care of your mice issue at home, you might want to think again. Rat poison is effective in killing rodents, but if you forget about it, the stench of a decaying mouse carcass may spread throughout your home unnoticed until it gets extremely bad. This is also not a good option if you have any pets, since they can be susceptible to consuming the poison as well.
Use mouse traps or glue boards
Once you know where the mice nest or where they come in, you’ll also know where to put your traps. Use as many as possible for increased chances of catching one mouse or more. Do the same if you decide to use a glue board instead. Remember to also place a piece of bait (i.e., a kind of food that mice like) near the trap.
Know when to call a professional
Even if you employ different methods and remedies to get rid of mice, it is still possible that you aren’t able to solve the entire issue, because perhaps the infestation is a lot bigger than just a few rodents. If you think this may be the case in your home, it might be time to call a professional. Ask your relatives and friends for recommendations, and make sure that the professional you call is licensed and fully capable of addressing your mice issue.
Seal all possible points of entry
As we may all already know well, rodents are able to squeeze their way in through even the tiniest cracks. A simple way to find if a certain opening in your home can let in rodents is by seeing if you can fit a pencil into it. If you can, then mice can as well. Seal all of these openings to prevent mice from getting in, but remember not to use materials made of rubber, plastic, or wood, since mice can easily gnaw through these.
Practice good sanitation habits
Once your mice infestation issue is solved, you’ll have a new responsibility on your hands, which is to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. Though good sanitation doesn’t guarantee that mice won’t enter your home again, it will at least help make the problem more manageable. Make sure never to leave any crumbs, to vacuum your home, and wipe down counters. Store your food items in airtight containers or glass jars, and keep your trash secure.
Source: House Beautiful
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