With winter approaching, understanding where mice can enter your home is vital to ensuring they cannot! However, if one has entered your home, it is equally important to know the best methods of removal!
How Mice Can Enter Your Home
First things first, learning how mice can enter the home. Finding a mouse in your home can be unsettling, but you must remain calm. Remember to place all food inside seal plastic containers that they cannot chew throw (ex. cereal would need to be taken out of the box and placed in something secure). After ensuring your food is safe, you can begin to lay down traps around your house, but, while doing you so, you must also be on the lookout for entry points.
Begin to search around your house for:
- In the foundation
- In window or door screens
- Inside paneling
- Drain Pipes:
- Ensure they are properly sealed off
Making sure the house is closed off the outside world is not only important to keep rodents out, but all kinds of pests! No matter how many times you call us or any other exterminator for that matter. If you do not ensure your house is free of holes and gaps, all kinds of pests will continue to enter your home!
Methods of Prevention and Removal
After making sure your house is secure, you can begin to invest more seriously in mouse traps and repellents. Here are a few of our recommendations:
- Clean Your Kitchen
- While this may seem obvious to some, it is
important to say nevertheless. Cleaning your kitchen can vastly improve your
chances of not attracting several pests, rodents included. Cleaning includes:
- Often and consistently taking out the trash
- Cleaning dishes
- Sealing all food away
- While this may seem obvious to some, it is important to say nevertheless. Cleaning your kitchen can vastly improve your chances of not attracting several pests, rodents included. Cleaning includes:
- Electric Mouse Repellents
- Electric Mouse Repellents are devices that emit high-frequency sounds that mice hate! Often used as a prevention tactic, these devices make sure mice avoid your location at all costs! Devices such as an ultrasonic electronic repellent, assist greatly in preventing a number of pests from entering your home. However, you must purchase a device that has no adverse effect on pets. The devices emit a sound that, while humans are unable to hear it, animals may be able to, even up to great distances. Therefore, before buying, make sure they are pet-friendly
- Natural Methods
- There are numerous natural remedies to help
prevent mice from entering your home as well!
- Peppermint Oil (pure) – Mice hate the smell and avoid it at all costs. Be careful not to begin dumping it around your house, however. The smell of peppermint is quite strong, and the goal is to chase mice away, not become a peppermint factor! Therefore, take a few cotton balls covered in the oil and begin to place them in locations around your house.
– Mothballs also work wonders in keeping mice at bay. They work the same way
peppermint does and are relatively cheap to buy!
- TIP – Placing mothballs in areas in your car can help keep mice out of your engine bay as well! Consider finding a location in your engine bay where you can place a small bag of them. This ensures mice do not build a nest inside your engine!
- There are numerous natural remedies to help prevent mice from entering your home as well!
- Mouse Traps
are three different types of mouse traps:
- Spring-loaded – The most deadly trap when it comes to mice. The idea is that by going for the bait on the trap they trigger it, causing it to snap their neck. However, this is not always the case, and sometimes they can suffer a slow death or be severely injured.
- Glue – Much more humane than the spring-loading trap, the glue trap does precisely that, traps them. If you discover them soon enough, you can relocate the mouse to a different location, several miles away from your home, and release them. However, you must be careful when doing so or you may cause them to break or even lose a limb.
- Live – The most humane and still effective trap; the live trap captures the mouse live. The idea is that, once you have purchased your Live Trap box, you place some bait inside (cheese, beef, etc.) to lure the mouse into the box. Once inside, the box shuts, trapping them inside and allowing you to relocate them several miles away from your house, safely and humanely.
- There are three different types of mouse traps:
- Mouse Poison
very effective but slow way of dealing with your rodent problems. When people
find out they have a mouse living in their walls, mouse poison can be used to
combat the problem. However, there are few things to understand about mouse
poison before deploying them:
- It is a slow killer – Mouse poison is not a quick-acting killer. The poison works by slowly shutting down their internal organs and nervous system. In the meantime, the mouse will find a private location to rest and attempt (unsuccessful) to recover. Now, instead of searching for a live mouse, you have to find a dead one, either stuck in the wall, or underneath clutter in the garage or attic, neither of which will be pleasant.
- Dangerous – When using mouse poison make sure you place it in areas that are out of reach of small children and pets. It may be labeled “Mouse Poison” but I assure you, it’ll poison just about anything that eats, potentially fatally.
- A very effective but slow way of dealing with your rodent problems. When people find out they have a mouse living in their walls, mouse poison can be used to combat the problem. However, there are few things to understand about mouse poison before deploying them:
- A natural predator of the mouse, cat are a great way to rid yourself of a mouse problem, and if you are a cat person, you have a new family member! Cats are great hunters and ensure that any mouse in the home are killed, and others stay away.
- If all else fails, consider calling in the troops at Accurate Pest Control! We are experts in rodent pest control and employ only the best methods of extermination, all of which are eco-friendly and family save (pets included). We can assure you that by the time we finish, your rodent problem will be a thing of the past! Call us today to find out more about our offers!