It’s nearly the most wonderful time of the year again, and you know what that means. A fuzzy little pest is going to try it’s best to crash your holiday parties and interrupt your gift giving! The last thing you want to find are mouse tracks in your kitchen after you’ve been doing your holiday baking. Do you know where else these little critters are hiding? Here’s what you can do to ensure that you’re not sharing your treats and presents with the mice this holiday season!
Mice love to rely on our warm, cozy homes to make their nests and will go to great lengths to make it indoors over the colder months. They’re not exactly picky about where they nest either, as long as it’s sheltered and has access to food! The most common places they’ll hide are those areas that have the least foot traffic, such as attics, closets, basements and even inside of walls. They also love to hide out underneath stoves, behind storage bins and boxes, and in and amongst clutter such as newspapers, clothing and firewood. Anywhere that offers a tight, enclosed space is going to be prime mouse real estate. The best way to keep mice out is to quit feeding them! This means sealing all food items and being extra tidy by cleaning up all spills, crumbs and scraps. An overflowing garbage is basically an open invitation, so make sure to empty your trash often!
Just like they’ll hide under clutter inside your home, if you have debris or piles of material outside mice will nest there too! Keep your yard as tidy as you can to prevent mice from taking up residence in that pile of leaves or wood. They’ll also find little hiding spots in your garage or shed and keeping clutter to a minimum in these spaces is best. Try to plug any potential entry points around the perimeter of your home and other buildings with steel wool as mice can’t chew through it!
Mice will make a nest out of anything they can find, including paper, lint, bits of cloth and any other fibrous materials they can get their paws on. It won’t be possible for you to remove all potential nest materials, but if you keep your space tidy and food free, mice will be much less likely to try and shack up with you. If you find droppings, you’ve got a mouse problem on your hands. But don’t worry, you won’t have to face them alone this holiday season! Give our highly trained technicians a call at 403-262-1666 and we’ll help you ring in the new year mouse free!