Fall is a beautiful time of year when the leaves are changing color and falling to the ground and the harvest in the farm fields are beginning. The weather outside is cooling down and time to bring out your cold weather clothing. It's also the time of year when mice are out foraging for food and looking for a warm place to snuggle up and nest. It could be your garage, basement or right in the back of your pantry. This is definitely the downside to fall, but you can prevent them from invading your home. See below for tips to keep mice out.
Outside your home if you have brush piles, get rid of them. These piles can be housing mice and as soon as the weather turns, they'll be heading straight for your house. Remove brush piles and keep your lawn trimmed low. Long grass could also be housing mice. Trim back other landscaping as well that is surrounding your home. Keep garbage in a secure can that is kept further away from your home. Cans inside the garage may attract mice inside, so keep them outside instead.
In your garage, you may have pet food or even bird seed or grass seed. All of these things may attract mice to your garage, so be sure to secure these items in an air-tight container to keep mice and other pests away. If you've noticed small tears in the bag, you may already have a problem. Begin setting traps around these areas just in case they've already begun to make their homes in your garage. Check the traps every couple of days, remove any that you've trapped and re-set the traps again with fresh bait.
Of course, this is the space where you definitely do not want to have mice. Keep mice at bay by cleaning your house often, sweeping your floors and wiping down counters to remove crumbs and other leftover food debris. Use a gentle cleanser or bleach wipes to wipe down your counters to remove tougher spots and spills. Wipe up water from floors or beneath sinks where you may have had a leak, as mice will look for water. Take out garbage often and don't let it pile up on counters. If you collect recycling containers, be sure to rinse these out thoroughly before placing them into the recycle bin, and empty the bin often as well.
If you have spotted mice droppings, or other signs of mice in your home, set traps around where you've seen these droppings. Check the traps often and reset them to get rid of these pesky critters. If your mice problem is out of control, you can call a pest control specialist, like one from Sentinel Pest Control, for help.