Seeing a mouse scurry across your floor is not a welcoming sight, but what about seeing one climbing the side of your brick home? If you stop to think about it, the thought is frightening. How exactly are they climbing the brick and is that even possible? What can you do to keep them out if they have that ability?
How They Do It
Mice have sharp claws on the end of each of their toes and “fingers.” They make good use of those twenty sharp claws, too. They can use them to climb vertically up any rough surface, and brick is the perfect rough surface for that. Even concrete proves rough enough for vertical climbing.
Concrete may appear smooth, but the material forms small bubbles as it dries, which gives mice just enough texture for climbing. Brick is certainly not a smooth material, so it is far easier for them to climb brick in comparison to other materials. To prevent climbing, some homeowners will opt to place a smooth material part of the way up the base of their home before the brick.
Of course, even a smooth surface may not be enough to deter a mouse. They can jump approximately a foot high. They can also climb roughly a foot up a smooth surface, so what can you do? Just because a mouse has the ability to climb the exterior of your brick home does not mean you have to wave a white flag of surrender just yet.
What to Do
Inspect the exterior of your brick home. Look for gaps and cracks between the bricks. Use a quick dry mortar mixture of silicone caulk to fill the gaps. Mice will climb the brick walls until they find a point of entry. Cracks and gaps serves as the best form of entry for them. If you fill them, it deters mice away from your home.
Make sure you also check areas where utility lines run into your home. For instance, search for gaps in the brick surrounding plumbing pipes or gas lines. Mice will use those weaknesses to their advantage to enter your home. Place silicone caulk around the gaps so mice cannot get in.
Finally, you will need to take care of your roof and around your windows. Make sure you have a tight seal around the windows of your home. If a mouse climbs the brick up to a vulnerable window, it can lead to an unwanted infestation of mice.
The same is true about your roof. If you have a damaged roof or even a chimney, you are giving mice a perfect way into your home. Address roof repair to ensure your roof does not allow mice into your home. If they climb the brick to your roof, they can also get in through a chimney.
Install metal sheeting around the base of your chimney so mice cannot climb the brick material and get inside your home. Metal sheeting is far too smooth for a mouse to climb, which provides you with a layer of protection to prevent against mouse infestations.
If a mouse does find a way into your home, make sure you use traps to get rid of it or call a professional for assistance with pest control. Call The Exterminators Inc. as we offer commercial and residential mouse control services and mouse control products. Call us 647-496-2211 now!