3 Proven Ways Of Preventing A Mice Infestation
If you have ever dealt with a rodent infestation in your home, or know someone who has, you understand what a hassle it can be to root them out and reclaim your home. If your home is playing home to a family of mice, it can be more than just a nuisance. While having to listen to mice scurrying around in your walls at night, finding your food gnawed into, and having to constantly clean up mouse droppings and urine stains can be extremely annoying, it can also pose a health risk for you, your pets, and your family.
While hiring a North Georgia pest control professional to root out the problem is going to be the easiest method of dealing with the problem. Preventing the problem from ever occurring is always going to be the best method of controlling it. If you don’t take care of the root of the problem, you could very easily find yourself in a constant battle that you just won’t win. If you are looking for a way to prevent mice from coming back into your home, or prevent them from ever setting up a nest, here are three proven steps you take to keep your home free of the little pests.
Keep Your Food In Properly Sealed Containers
If mice don’t have a food source, they will quickly move on to somewhere else that does. There is more that goes into proper food storage beyond just putting a box away in your pantry, however. When putting your food away, you want to be sure that you put all foods in thick plastic containers, including things like cereal, cookies, and most importantly, pet food. You will want to work your way throughout your entire house and make sure you pay special attention to any areas that you have found mouse droppings in before. Finally, it is always a good idea to secure any wild animal food or seeds you may have in your garage or shed as this happens to be a favorite among mice.
Organize Your Home & Clean Up
If you are living in a messy home, it can be extremely helpful to clean it up regularly. Not only does this severely limit the amount of hiding places mice have at their disposal, it will also limit their ability to migrate between different areas of your home. Having clothes and garbage strewn about on the floor gives a mouse ample options for nesting and hiding. By investing in a few plastic storage containers, you will be able to effectively organize your home and wipe out these hiding and breeding spots. In addition to limited the places these mice have to hide from you, it will also help to prevent infestations from other rodents and insects as well.
Block All Methods Of Entry Into Your Home
In order for mice to get into your home and cause a problem in the first place, they actually have to get into your home. By walking the exterior of your home and filling in any cracks in your foundation or around pipes with some caulk, you can severely hamper their ability to make it inside your home in the first place. It can be amazing how small a space a mouse can fit through, so don’t assume that just because a hole is small that you can leave it unfilled. This will also help to prevent other rodents and insects from entering into your home. Finally, you want to make sure you have rubber gaskets installed around your doors and windows in the home to help prevent entry. This can also have the side effect of helping to improve the energy efficiency inside your home at the same time.