As winter approaches and temperatures start to drop, little furry creatures such as mice look to your home for sanctuary and warmth to help them survive the cold months ahead. However, there are a few easy steps you can take right now that, along with a little professional help, will go a long way in keeping mice out of your home all winter long.
First, close the door on any uninvited guests by sealing up cracks, holes, or other access points that mice could fit through. Keep in mind that mice can squeeze through any hole that their head can fit through, which can be as small as a dime (see picture below).
Tiny openings in basements and garages are among the most common ways that mice get into homes. Seemingly harmless gaps around cable wiring, windows, or light fixtures could also be enticing entry points for a mouse eying your house. Thoroughly check your home before winter hits and use silicon or caulk to seal up any potential entrances now so you don’t find yourself in need of professional extermination later.
As with all creatures, mice need a food source, so make sure that your home is not a snacker’s delight for these tiny rodents. Hungry mice in winter are sneaky eaters, and besides the obvious step of not leaving food out on kitchen counters and tables, keep your food pantry from becoming a dining destination as well. All grains and cooking essentials, such as flour and sugar, should be stored in glass, metal, or Tupperware containers. Plastic and paper packaging is simply too easy to chew through for a hungry mouse. Also, double check your cabinets and pantry for hidden holes or cracks that could serve as entry points for mice.
Eliminating places for mice to live near your home will further reduce the chance of having them in it. Trash receptacles, wood piles, or junk piles are all places for mice to take up residence during the warmer summer months before making a bid for your home in the winter. Make your surrounding property that much less appealing to mice by using proper trash containers with sealing lids, keeping wood piles neatly stacked and far from your house, and removing clutter piles from your yard or garage.
Following these simple steps will help ensure that you’re not unintentionally rolling out the welcome mat for mice this winter. However, if you do find yourself with some unwanted seasonal guests of the rodent type don’t wait until spring cleaning comes around to take action. Mice can carry dangerous infectious diseases and their mere presence in your home can put your health, and that of your family, at risk. Don’t take chances, contact your local pest control company as soon as possible if you find that there’s a mouse that’s getting out of the cold by getting into your home.
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