How Do You Prevent Mice?
While it’s important to know how to get rid of mice, it’s also important keep mice out in the future. Indoors and out, there are a number of preventative steps you can take to make your home less hospitable to mice and decrease the chance they’ll return.
Perform upkeep to make outdoor areas less inviting.
- Add squirrel guards to bird feeders and hang them away from your house.
- Keep outdoor cooking areas and grills clean and free of food debris.
- Locate compost bins and woodpiles at least 100-feet away from the home.
- Store grains and animal feed in thick plastic or metal containers with tight lids.
- Do not leave animal feed or water dishes out overnight.
- Elevate garbage cans, hay and woodpiles at least 12-inches off the ground.
- Cut back shrubs and low branches within 8-feet of the house.
- Keep grass cut short within 20-feet of the home.
Rethink food storage.
- Keep food in airtight containers made of metal or thick plastic.
- Do not leave produce out on counters or tables.
- Do not leave pet food or water out overnight.
- Consider limiting food consumption to one area of the home.
- Clean up spilled food right away.
- Wash dishes and cooking utensils immediately after use.
- Store trash and food waste in rodent-proof containers and empty frequently.
- Clean indoor garbage containers frequently with soap and water.
- Vacuum regularly to ensure no stray crumbs are left in carpets or rugs.
- Discard items mice may use for nesting materials, such as newspapers and old magazines.Source
Remove all possible entry points
- Building a mouse-proof home, also known as rodent-proofing, is an effective method to prevent mice infestations from spreading or happening in the first place. Eliminate entry points and easy access to protect your home from mice. Due to a mouse’s potential to cram itself into even the tiniest of openings, this can be difficult (one-quarter of an inch and up). A good rule of thumb is that if a pencil can fit through a crack, hole, or opening, a mouse can too.
- Seal foundation cracks as well as gaps in the walls, such as where utility pipelines and vents are located. Steel wool and caulking work well in this situation. As a sealant, resist using plastic, rubber, wood, or anything else that mice can seamlessly gnaw through. Ensure the sweep on your door generates a seal against the threshold whenever it’s closed, and get weather stripping for door and window gaps.
Make use of mousetraps
- Mouse traps are the most efficient tool to help dispose of mice in a continuous infestation. For light to moderate mouse populations, traditional wooden snap traps will suffice, but keep in mind that most people understate mice infestations. It’s not unusual to set a dozen traps for a single mouse – or what you believe is a single mouse. Use a lot of it. It’s also advisable to set up a variety of traps. In addition to the wooden traps, use bait traps, multiple-capture live traps, and glue traps. This increases your chances of catching all of the mice, as some may be attracted to certain traps and know how to avoid them.