As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, mice start seeking shelter from the cold, often ending up in our homes. While these tiny rodents may seem harmless, they can carry diseases and cause damage to your property. To keep your home mouse-free this season, here are five effective prevention methods you should consider:
1. Maintain a Clean Environment
A clean home is less inviting to mice. Keep food stored in airtight containers, and promptly clean up crumbs and spills. Don’t forget to clean behind appliances and in areas where food particles can accumulate. Regularly empty trash cans and keep outdoor bins securely closed.
2. Trim your Garden and Keep a Tidy Yard
Mice often find shelter in overgrown gardens and cluttered outdoor spaces. Trim bushes and trees that could provide access to your home’s roof or windows.
3. Seal All Openings
Mice can enter your home through the tiniest openings. Inspect the exterior of your home for gaps, cracks, and holes, especially around doors, windows, vents, and utility openings. Use steel wool, caulk, or weatherstripping to seal these entry points, denying mice easy access.
4. Use Mouse-Proof Containers
Consider using mouse-proof containers for pet food, birdseed, and compost. Mice are drawn to these food sources. By storing them in secure containers, you can discourage mice from setting up camp in your home.
5. Set Traps and Bait Stations
As a proactive measure, set mouse traps and bait stations in areas where you suspect mice may enter. Traditional snap traps, electronic traps, and bait stations with non-toxic bait can all be effective tools for catching and monitoring mice. Check these regularly and replace bait as needed.
If you would like to learn more about how you can prevent mice in your home, please contact us for a free inspection. We offer residential pest control and commercial pest control for the greater Capital District area including Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties.