Mice are one of the most annoying pests that can end up in our home. House mice can live and operate in many different conditions in homes. They often survive off of food meant for people and our pets. The worst part is that they can make us sick by contaminating food preparation surfaces with their feces. They also like to chew on and damage structures and homes so getting rid of them is very important.
Controlling and Preventing a Mice infestation
In order to control and keep mice from entering your home, you should keep your house sanitary and clean. Clean up food scraps and wipe surfaces down with a cleaner. If you already have a mouse infestation in your home, you are going to need to get rid of them by techniques such as trapping and poisoning.
Depending on the severity of the mice infestation, consider buying the amount of mouse traps you think you will need. It’s a good idea to place the mouse traps in areas where you see mice feces and areas you think the mice have been. Avoid putting it in areas where your pets or people might accidentally step on them (ouch!). The best place is usually against the walls or under low sheltered areas. When cleaning up dead mice, make sure you use gloves to protect from illnesses mice may cause.
Wild Mice will eat almost anything but they love cereal, seeds, and sweets. Mice are very attracted to eating stored grains and seeds so make sure you have any such foods stored and sealed tightly. House mice will most definitely eat anything they can get to so all food must be routinely stored in a safe place to keep them from coming in your home. If you come across anything you think a mouse has gotten into, it is very important to throw it away.
Mice can fit through spaces as small as a dime. In order to prevent them from infesting your home, plug and seal all holes that look like a possible entryway for a mouse. Check the outside walls, windows, cracks, holes, and little spaces and fill them in.
If you choose to use poison to get rid of mice, keep them away from anywhere a child, pet, or any other thing you don’t want to harm can get to. I recommend using poisons only as a last resort because you will have mice dieing everywhere, even in places you don’t know about which will leave you with rotting smells and odors from decomposing mice. If traps don’t work for you, consult an exterminator before going the poison route.