Mice are small rodents that can find their way into your home through the smallest of openings. Once inside, they can wreak havoc on your home and health. But don’t worry, there are many effective ways to keep mice out of your house. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know to protect your home from these pesky rodents.
Why You Need to Keep Mice Out of Your House
Mice can cause a lot of damage to your home. They can chew through electrical wires, which can create a fire hazard. They can also chew through wood, which can weaken the structure of your home. Mice can also carry diseases that can be harmful to humans, such as hantavirus and salmonella.
Common Entry Points for Mice
Mice can enter your home through the smallest of openings. Common entry points include:
- Holes in walls and floors
- Gaps around windows and doors
- Cracks in the foundation
- Gaps around pipes and vents
- Openings around electrical outlets and light fixtures
The best way to keep mice out of your house is to prevent them from getting in in the first place. Here are some preventative measures you can take:
Seal Up Holes and Cracks
Seal up any holes or cracks in your home’s exterior. Use a silicone caulk or steel wool to seal up any openings. Pay close attention to areas around pipes, vents, and wires.
Keep Your Home Clean and Tidy
Mice are attracted to food and clutter. Keep your home clean and tidy to make it less appealing to mice. Sweep and vacuum regularly and don’t leave food out.
Store Food Properly
Store food in airtight containers to prevent mice from getting to it. Don’t leave food out on the counters and don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink.
There are several natural repellents that can help keep mice out of your home.
Mice hate the smell of peppermint oil. Soak cotton balls in peppermint oil and place them in areas where mice are likely to enter your home.
Ultrasonic repellents emit a high-pitched sound that is unpleasant for mice. These devices are safe and effective.
Mothballs are another natural repellent that mice hate. Place them in areas where mice are likely to enter your home.
Traditional traps have been used for centuries to catch mice. There are two main types of traditional traps:
Snap traps are the most common type of mouse trap. They work by using a spring-loaded bar that snaps shut when the mouse takes the bait. Snap traps are effective, but they can be messy and require constant monitoring.
Glue traps are another common type of mouse trap. They work by using a sticky substance that traps the mouse when it walks onto the trap. Glue traps are effective, but they can be cruel and the mouse can suffer for a long time before it dies.
If you don’t want to use traditional traps, there are several humane traps that can catch mice without harming them.
Catch-and-release traps are designed to catch the mouse without harming it. Once the mouse is caught, you can release it outside far away from your home.
Bucket traps are simple to make and use. They work by placing a bucket with some bait in it and a ramp leading up to the top. When the mouse walks up the ramp to get the bait, it falls into the bucket and can’t climb out.
When to Call a Professional
If you’ve tried all of these methods and still have a mouse problem, it may be time to call Bugyman Exterminators. They can assess the situation and use the appropriate methods to get rid of the mice. Give us a call for your free inspection,