Finding a mouse in your house isn't a pleasant experience, but there are steps you can take to prevent these tiny invaders from taking over. Work with a pest control expert and use the following tips to make your house a mouse-free zone.
1. Block Vent Access
Whether you only have vents on your roof or you have a chimney, these places can be easy access points for some mice and rodents. You can keep your home properly ventilated while still keeping mice away by installing screens. These small mesh screens should be constructed from metal to help prevent animals from gnawing through them, and they should be properly placed close to the top to prevent mice from getting trapped inside. You can hire a contractor to install these screens if you feel uncomfortable working on your roof. Be sure to add screens to any vents on the side of your home, such as those used for your laundry equipment, as ground-level vents can be easy targets for mice.
2. Repair Doors And Windows
Even if you keep your doors and windows closed at all times, mice can still find weak spots to use as points of entry. Inspect all your windows and doors, paying close attention to the frames and screens. If you notice gaps around door and window frames, you can use caulk or other filler to seal off these areas. Doors that have gaps in between the floor and bottom of the door panel can be adjusted using door sweeps, which can be found at your local hardware store and installed quickly.
In the summertime, you'll want to make sure that your window and door screens are free from holes. Even the tiniest hole can become a big problem if mice try to work their way through them. Of course, if your home's entry doors don't already have storm or screen doors, consider adding them as an added layer of defense against mice.
3. Use Cabinet Locks
Mice can squeeze through small openings, and they can even force their way into a closed cabinet. To prevent mice from getting into the food in your kitchen cabinets, consider using childproof cabinet locks. These locks prevent the doors from opening and can make it harder for mice to get inside. Use these locks on any cabinets you store pet food in as well, as pet food can be a tempting meal for mice and other types of rodents.
Be sure that the food stored in your cabinets is placed in air-tight storage containers. With a combination of these containers, cabinet locks, and your other mouse prevention steps, you can make it hard for rodents to get into your home and your kitchen.
Your pest control expert can provide additional assistance with sealing your home to prevent mice. Together, you can come up with a strategy that works for you, your home, and your family.