It’s always an unsettling thing to find evidence of mice in your home. They eat your food, leave droppings everywhere, and make a mess out of items they use for their nests.
It can be stressful treating your home for mice. You have to buy mice-proof containers for your food, disinfect anything they touch, and spend money on traps or bait.
If you want to learn tips to keep them out before they become a problem, read below:
Steps to Prevent Mice From Entering Your Home
There are several steps that you can take as preventative measures so that you are not burdened with an infestation. These steps include:
Seal all openings
Mice are very flexible. They can fit in a crack or hole as small as a dime. To prevent them from coming in through these holes, you can:
- Install door sweeps.
- Secure window screens.
- Use materials like wire mesh or steel wool to block any openings into your house from the outside.
- Seal any entrances in the chimney or attic spaces.
- Ensure all crawl spaces or basements are dry and well-ventilated.
Take away food sources
Mice aren’t picky. If there is anything to nibble on, they’ll eat it. The best way to keep them out is to:
- Use sealable containers.
- Vacuum regularly.
- Maintain an empty garbage receptacle.
- Clean up any pet food when they are finished eating.
Limit nesting resources.
Besides food, mice will look around your house for shelter. Anything small that they can make a nest out of is up for grabs, which includes:
- Tree limbs
- Unused furniture
What to Do if You Have a Mouse Infestation
The first thing to do is to follow all of the aforementioned tips. Once you seal all openings, cut off the food supply, and limit resources for them to build a nest, then you begin to prevent further infestation.
Once you accomplish these tasks, the next step is to call the professionals. It’s known that most mouse deterrents, traps, or poisons don’t work. Buying these products will be a waste of time and money.
While you are trying to figure out what to buy, the mice are already reproducing and making their home inside your walls. If you call the professionals, like Dayton's, we can save you time and money.
The professionals at Dayton’s Pest Control are experienced in finding out how the mice are entering your home and pointing out vulnerable areas. We can teach you about these vulnerabilities as well as techniques to prevent future infestations.
Dayton’s Pest Control is constantly adopting the newest technology to make pest control safe and effective. To learn more about their services and to schedule them to help you with your mouse infestation, contact us today.