Mickey Mouse might be the nicest guy around, but the mice that sneak into your house and try to throw little mouse parties in the pantry aren’t nearly as charming. Mice have been trying to get into our homes and our food since we started building four walls and they still haven’t figured out that they aren’t exactly welcome! We have definitely improved the ways in which we mouse proof our homes and offices and dealing with an infestation is so much easier thanks to modern pest control. However, even if you don’t have a mouse problem now, it’s not a bad idea to take some preventative measures to keep Mickey and his friends outside. Here’s three easy ways you can deter mice from thinking twice about coming in for lunch!
It’s not difficult to make your home more you friendly and less mouse friendly. Starting with the inside of your house, take a look at all the weather stripping around windows and doors. If it’s worn or tattered, replace it! This not only helps with your heating bill, but the front and back doors are easy entry points for a mouse to follow you inside. Try to keep your doors closed as much as possible, mice are sneaky and can zip past you without you noticing right away! Take a look at the screening on your windows too, these are easily replaced and tears can be doorways for a tiny mouse on a mission. Another area of your home that will need mouse proofing, and it’s probably the most important room in the house, is the kitchen. Sealing all food items in plastic or metal containers is a must and lifting all said items up off the floor is a great idea. Anything left open or easily accessible is a mouse’s smorgasbord! A quick fix that you can also achieve on the daily is keeping your kitchen tidy. This means removing any possible snacks, ie crumbs or messes on the counter or floor! Taking out your garbage frequently is another easy fix!
We actually have more control over mouse proofing the outside of our homes than we think. Peek around the perimeter of your home and look for any kind of hole or possible entry point in the walls and foundation. Sealing up any holes with steel or copper wool is best, as mice have figured out that they can chew through almost anything, including glue and plastic. Tidying up your yard is another easy fix. Anything left lying around, including piles of leaves or newspaper, is an open invitation for a mouse to set up camp!
So you’ve employed all your best anti-mouse strategies and yet you still find the little buggers picnicking in your house! The next best step is to call in the experts. Here at One Man and a Lady Bug, we have pest control in the bag. Our qualified and knowledgeable staff will be able to assess your situation quickly and efficiently and be able to advise the best course of action to your unique circumstance. You don’t have to deal with Mickey alone. Let us help! Give us a call at 403.262.1666