Seeing a mouse scurrying across your floors and counters is not something anyone wants to see. They are an annoying pest that invades homes, contaminates foods, creates structural damage, and poses health risks to humans. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent mice from entering your home.
How Do They Enter?
First, you need to understand how mice enter your home, or even why. Typically, a mouse will invade homes through small cracks or holes found in your walls, floors, or even the foundation. They will also enter through gaps under doors, around windows, or damaged places to your roof. Not surprisingly, mice will enter using gaps around pipes, such as in your laundry room.
The body of a mouse is unique in that they can fit through small spaces that appear too small for them to squeeze through. They can alter the shape of their bodies to make it possible to fit into very small entryways. In general, mice invade homes when the temperature outside begins to fall, such as during the fall and winter months.
Since mice can breed and reproduce quickly, you might go from one mouse to over two hundred mice living in your home within just a few short months. Figuring out how to keep mice out of your home is crucial to stopping an infestation before it starts.
Methods of Prevention
There are several ways you can prevent an infestation. For starters, you will want to seal off any cracks, gaps, and other entry points. Use a steel mesh wiring in conjunction with other sealers anywhere you see cracks and gaps. Make sure you also place mesh and sealants around plumbing and gas pipes.
For added home defence, make sure you seal around windows and doors using a quality weather stripping. Also, take the time to repair damages to your roof and other areas of your home’s exterior.
Aside from sealing entry points, you also want to make your home as unappealing as possible. Even the cleanest of homes may seem appealing to a mouse. Despite your best efforts to clean, mice will find ways to chew through boxes and bags of food. They will also seek out water left in sinks or water and food found in pet bowls.
Place bags of and boxes of food in sealed plastic containers. Make sure you also clean up pet food bowls religiously every single night rather than leaving them out. Wipe your sinks and bathtubs or showers dry so mice do not have a source of water, either.
Mouse traps and repellents are also an option, but they tend to work better against smaller infestations. If you have a large infestation, you will need additional help. The best way to remove mice from your home and prevent re-entry is to contact a professional. A mouse control Toronto professional has the means necessary to take care of a mouse infestation and assist you in preventing a re-infestation in the future. Call The Exterminators Inc. if you need help with mice: Feel free to check our selection of mice traps and bait stations.