How to Prevent Mice from Coming into your Home

Mice are cunning creatures who find ways to enter homes through tiny cracks and holes.

They make nests in unused corners, and they’re able to subsist on crumbs.

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You may not even notice the presence of one or two, but if you aren’t careful you could end up with a full-blown infestation on your hands. The key to preventing mice from coming inside is to seal your home, clean out places where mice like to nest and remove their food sources.

Close your doors. If you have a habit of leaving your front door or garage door open, mice may be taking the opportunity to dart inside when you aren’t looking. Keep your doors closed to discourage mice from entering.

Mice are most active at night, so it’s best not to leave doors open overnight.

If you like to have your doors open during the summer to let the breeze inside, install screen doors, so mice won’t be able to come in.

Seal your windows. Mice are good climbers, and they’ll have no trouble getting in through a window, especially if it’s on the first floor. Keep your windows closed or screened at all times. If you have a window that won’t close all the way, or has a gap between the window and the frame, seal it with steel wool or hardware cloth.

Inspect the foundation. Another likely place for mice to enter your home is through cracks in your walls, especially near windows and entryways. Walk around the outside of your house to inspect it for cracks or holes mice could use to enter your home.

Seal any holes you find that are bigger than 1/4 inch (6.4mm). It’s best to use sturdy repair materials such as sheet metal, hardware cloth or concrete mortar. Mice may be able to quickly chew through weaker materials and regain access to your house.

Seal off cable and drain outlets, vents and chimneys. Mice can easily follow cables into your home if the hole is large enough for them to fit into. They can also come in around access holes created for running pipes and drains or scurry into vents and chimneys.

Stuff stainless steel pads into small holes around pipes and cables, and then seal the holes with caulk. The steel pad creates an abrasive barrier to keep mice out, and it can easily be cut up with scissors to fit into smaller areas.

Prevent mice from getting inside pipes, vents and chimneys by installing screens.

Don’t leave cat or dog food sitting out all day. Cat food and dog food are appetizing to mice, too, and stray pieces will attract them if they’re left to sit out all the time. When your pets are finished eating, put their food away. Keep the pet food in a glass or plastic container with a tight-fitting lid.

Remove food sources outdoors. Mice might be attracted to your property because they’re finding good things to eat outside.

Mice can very quickly take up residence in your home and start nesting. If they find a source of food and shelter and they feel safe, they will likely not leave the house again.

What ever your situation is, the best way to get rid of the mice is do it fast with immediate action ,once mice get in they’re birthing machines and will infest your home before you can say cheese.

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