A mouse infestation is a common problem in many homes, especially older homes where they may have already established a nest. These pests are considered one of the most destructive pests a home could have. Mice can gnaw through wood, spoil clothes and most importantly food. While having mice eat food meant for the home residents is bad enough, they often leave droppings on the counter, the dining table and even on the plates where the food was placed on. Mice droppings have bacteria that cause food poisoning if ingested by accident. These pests cause harm in a home not only from the financial and economical point of view but also personal health and should be taken care of immediately. If you have observed signs of mice, then you should consider professional mouse control services.
Although the most efficient way to get rid of these pests is by calling the local pest control agency, it is also wise to prevent further harm to the home and its residents by applying some commonly used prevention methods.
Mouse Traps, Poison and Rodent Repellents
Mousetraps or snap traps are good tools to use if there aren’t a lot of mice in the home. Place these traps next to their access points with the right bait and they will be dealt with after some time. Glue pads or even fly paper can be used to trap rodents and allow easy disposal methods once caught. Rodenticides are used for larger infestation scenarios. The rat poison should have industrial grade and not homemade to ensure the effectiveness and the safety of the people or pets inside the home. Also, rodent repellents can be in the form of electrical sound devices or bio-friendly scent pouches. The sound devices produce a sound that is said to repel the rodents from the home but rodents can get used to this and are no longer recommended as rodent repellent to severe rodent infestations. Additionally, scent pouches repel mice by the odour it produces, it smells clean and fresh to the home residents but it is offensive to the rodents.
Seal All Mice Entry and Exit Points
Small holes, cracks in the wall, small openings around pipes and even ventilation systems are entry and exit points that mice use. Locate all these openings and seal them with the proper materials. Use material that can’t be chewed by mice like commercial grade sealants and aluminum or metal covers. Inspect each room of the house and cover all cracks and holes, denying the rodents from any possible food source will eventually drive them away or else they will starve. Regularly check all sealed entry and exit points to see if the mice are trying to create a new one.
Keeping the House Clean
Filth attracts rodents whether it is inside or outside the home. Keeping the house clean is a very simple prevention method that should be maintained at all times. Crumbs and other food particles should be swept off the floor and wiped off the table immediately if spotted. Mice are rarely seen in well-maintained homes unless they were already present when the residents moved in. This may not be the most effective method in driving mice away but it is always a good thing to have a clean home. All these methods can help you with dealing with these furry unwilling guests. Simply follow the above recommendations and should see some results. If not, let us help.