It is no secret that winters in Chautauqua County can be tough. We face freezing temperatures and piles of snow from November through March. Local pests will do whatever they can to get out of the elements and into our homes. Mice are commonly discovered inside of homes during winter months. Mice are desperate to escape the winter weather and will persistently fight to get into a warm house.
Although mice are small creatures, they can do significant damage inside of a home with very little time. It is important to prevent mice from getting in to your home and you can do so by following these simple suggestions.
Shut Them Out
Mice can fit through extremely small openings, making it easy for them to gain access into our homes. Any crack, gap, or hole in a wall or window of your home is a wide open doorway for a mouse. Make sure you are sealing these points to prevent mice from using them as an entrance. If the area is smaller than a quarter inch you can caulk it. You can also use copper wire mesh or hardware cloth to fill openings. These materials are too thick and too hard for mice to chew through and will prevent them from chewing their way back in after you seal the hole shut.
Put Food Away
Mice are drawn to food and they will eat just about anything. If they find that food is readily available to them, they will do whatever they can to remain in that space and fight to stay there. Make sure you are washing dishes right after using them and don’t leave dirty dishes on the counter. You should be putting food away cupboards and shutting the cupboards as well. Any food should be sealed shut from chip bags to cereal boxes. You should also be vacuuming and cleaning floors and counters regularly to get rid of crumbs.
Clear Away Clutter
Mice will hide wherever they can to get away from the cold weather. They will hide, unseen, in pile of wood, garbage, or scrap metal. If you have any of these things piled up outside in your yard, you should make sure they are a good distance away from you home. If they are leaning up against your home, you have an increased chance of the mice getting into your home. You should be keeping your home clutter free. Mice will hide under piles of dirty laundry or that pile of clothes you have been meaning to donate.
By following these simple suggestions, you’ll be a few steps closer to preventing mice from coming into your home and getting comfortable.
If you do find that you have a mice infestation that you cannot handle, call Comfort Pest Control. We can handle it for you.