We are still waiting for cooler temperatures but once they arrive, you might get some unwelcome houseguests. Mice might make your home their home once the temperatures drop.
Mice Hiding Spots
If mice move into your home, they are searching for shelter, food and water. You will most likely find them here:
- Crawl spaces
- The areas behind cabinets
- Air ducts or venting systems
How to Prevent Mice from Moving In
Mice are prolific breeders and can cause major problems when trying to deal with them on your own. These tips will help with prevention:
- Keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground.
- Remove any piles of debris – such as stones or bricks – near the foundation of the home, as they can attract rodents.
- Do not allow piles of leaves to accumulate next to the home’s foundation.
- Seal any hole or crack larger than ¼ of an inch. A good rule of thumb is that if a pencil can fit into it, a mouse can too. Large holes or cracks should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk or foam; otherwise, rodents can chew through to enter.
- Install good, thick weather-stripping on the bottom of all doors to prevent rodents from entering. The garage door may prove difficult to seal completely, so the door from the garage to the house must be sealed extra tightly.
- The installation of one or two wind-up mousetraps in the garage can catch many mice as they enter. These traps can catch up to 15 mice with one setting. Ask your Terminix service professional for more information.
Contact Terminix Service to schedule a free inspection today.