Mice In the House – How They Got In and How to Get Rid Of Them
Mice in the house? You can stop worrying. You’re about to learn everything you need to know to get rid of them. You need to start with learning how they got in, because knowing that is one of the keys to keeping them out in future.
5 common entry points for mice that need your attention
While it’s nearly impossible to 100% mouse-proof your home, there are still effective measures you can take to make it much more difficult for them to pop in for a visit. The main thing you need to keep in mind is that mice will chew through wood, plastic, and rubber. If you see any exterior entry points that need sealing up, use strong materials such as metal whenever possible. Here are five important points of entry that you need to inspect:
- Check seals around pipes that run from the interior to the exterior of your home (ex. for outdoor water faucets). If you see any gaps, stuff some steel wool in there before applying caulking, or patching with stucco.
- Ensure all exterior vents (ex. attic or dryer vents) are blocked off with metal screens (not plastic!). Choose a screen with holes no larger than a dime.
- Repair all cracks in your foundation.
- Ensure all weatherstripping around windows is intact, leaving no gaps for tiny mice to squeeze through. Install chew-proof weatherstripping under your doors. Mice sometimes gnaw their way through rubber door sweeps and use that as an entry point. Invest in a metal one instead.
- Take a good look at your home’s siding, soffits, and shingles and seal up any holes you find. A mouse can squish through holes the size of a dime — so don’t overlook these.
How to get rid of mice in the house
The use of baited traps is the simplest tactic that you can try. Use several traps at any location where you suspect mice have been running around — spread the traps out, roughly 1 meter apart. Finally, be sure to check the traps regularly. Depending on the type of trap you use, you’ll either have to dispose of the dead mice (if using a lethal trap), or set them free outside (if using non-lethal traps).
Get rid of mice in your home before it’s too late
Mice usually head into our homes in search of food and shelter. But they can cause a lot of damage if allowed to stay for too long. They can chew up your wiring, damage your insulation, and even chew holes in the wooden structural elements of your home. Avoid all that by doing your part to “encourage” them to stay outdoors where they belong. Get rid of any entry points they may have used to invade and make their prompt eviction your top priority. If you don’t have the time or desire to take care of this yourself, we can help. Contact us today for your custom quote.