While many homeowners think their home is especially susceptible to rodents during the cold winter months, the truth is that mice are always looking for a cozy home. Mice are unwelcome guests, bringing disease and other dangers into your family’s house. However, as unwelcome as they are, they are fierce and relentless as they try to find a way into your attic, garage, or home.
If you’ve noticed mice in your home, you may not know how to get them out. Here are a few ways to keep them out, including DIY tactics that (sometimes) work.
The first step in eradicating a mouse infestation is figuring out how they are gaining access to your home. Begin by doing a thorough check around the perimeter of your home to try and locate any possible entrance points.
Mice are tricky and can fit into incredibly small holes, so no spot is too small. It’s a good idea to ensure there is a good seal around any ductwork, wiring or piping going into your home as this is the perfect way to get in. It is always imperative to leave no stone unturned when sweeping for access points; once you find potential entry points, fill them in immediately.
Once all likely access points have been located, it is time to seal them up. The most effective way to do this is with industrial-grade caulk or steel wool. Mice can’t gnaw through either one of those which deters them right away.
Next, it is important to clear your home of any mess and clutter. Like insects, mice love dark dirty cluttered spaces. If you remove what they like they are less likely to move in. Mice are drawn to moisture and food sources so be sure to take care of any leaks and seal up food. All food should be stored away in containers. You want to make your home as uninviting as possible.
There are several DIY tactics you can try to get rid of the mice in your home. Peppermint oil, garlic, red pepper flakes or cloves have been somewhat successful in deterring mice. Place them around your home to encourage their quick exit.
The most effective and popular tactic is using store-bought traps. There are multiple options of traps, including ones that allow you to release the mice you catch back into nature. Just be sure to release them far away from your home or they will quickly return! Quick kill mouse traps are also available for purchase in your local stores, but these can be also dangerous to curious family pets or toddlers.
While DIY methods have been known to work, it can take time and energy that you may not have. Not everyone can dedicate a majority of their time to this task. Fortunately, you can call the team at Mice Mob Exterminators to get the quick and professional assistance you need. Our technicians can get rid of your mice quickly, prevent them from returning, and give you peace of mind.
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