Mice have a way of showing up when they are most unwanted and even least expected. Some areas are just more prone to mice and the damage they cause due to the environment and weather conditions. Just because you need mice extermination doesn’t mean you’re a bad housekeeper. They just have a way of finding a nice warm place when the outside conditions aren’t ideal for their lifestyle.
When you’ve decided it’s time for professional help, there are a few steps to take to ensure your home is ready.
The first step is to clear away any clutter that might be in the way of the technician. Clean off the top of the refrigerator and clear out any cabinets beneath the sinks. If there are particular areas of the home, such as closets, that mice have been seen in, clear those areas as well.
Don’t worry about leaving dropping or dead mice for the technician to see. We trust that they are there! For your health and safety, clean up those areas using gloves and wearing respiratory protection. Mice and their droppings can carry a host of diseases, so it’s better safe than sorry when cleaning up after them. When the technician arrives, you can point those areas out.
One of the biggest attractants of mice is open food containers. Food that is not sealed in heavy plastic is prime for the taking according to the mice. Be certain that snacks, cereals, pet food, and candy (anything sugary really) are stored in airtight containers. You can also store items in the refrigerator. Foods will need to be stored securely for at least two weeks after the home is treated as well.
The final step is more preventative than anything. Once the house is treated, it’s time to do some handy work. Repair any holes or areas in the home that would allow the mice to come back inside. Remember, they have flexible little bodies and can squeeze through a ¼-inch opening. Even if you think they can’t fit, they probably can.
Finally, the best way to prepare for mice extermination is to never need it at all! Long-term prevention is key in avoiding mice, make sure to call Mice Mob Exterminators if there are mice present. Food is the number one attractor of mice, particularly as it gets colder. Keeping food stored away securely, crumbs and snacks cleaned up, etc., and especially outside of the kitchen will go a long way.