Mice like to find their way into your home throughout the year to stay warm, to look for food, or because they were run out of their own homes, such as after a farm field is plowed. Mice can carry diseases and fleas, and can also attract other pests into your home. If your house is getting invaded by these tiny whiskered creatures, it's time to take some action. Read on for tips for everything you need to know to get control of the mice in your home.
Start Setting Traps
Begin to set traps immediately if you think you have mice in your home. You may have heard, seen, or spotted signs of mice in your home. If you suspect you have mice, set traps. You can use traps that snap, or if you don't like the idea of these types of traps, use the enclosed traps so you don't have to see the dead mouse. When you trap a mouse, dispose of it properly, then reset it so you can trap more (you most likely have more than one).
Repair Your Home
If mice are getting into your home, they most likely aren't just coming in through the front door. They are coming in through a hole of some sort, and this needs to be repaired. Find the entrance point and make any necessary repairs. They can get into small cracks or tiny holes—as long as they can fit their head through, they can squeeze their body into the hole/crack. Make repairs to any small hole or crack. You can fill in the cracks or holes using mesh metal, which can prevent the mice from getting inside again.
Clean Your House
Although mice will come into your home whether your home is clean or dirty, it's best to be sure your home is clean and that you aren't giving them free meals. Clean floors, counters, and cooking areas where grease, oils, and food crumbs may be located. Clean these areas often. Also, be sure to clean up water spills or areas beneath sinks where dripping water may have created a puddle of water. Mice will be attracted to these areas as well.
If you have mice in your home, get control of your home by controlling the mice population. Use the tips above to do this, and hire a professional pest control service for help as well. Mice will attract other pests to your home, and before long, you could have an infestation that is beyond your control.