How to Mouse-proof Your Kitchen

How to Mouse-proof Your Kitchen

Are you worried about getting mice? Mice are a pest you definitely want to avoid. They carry diseases like Salmonellosis and Listeria, which they spread everywhere they go in their feces and urine. Mice can fit through tiny gaps in the kitchen and make their way into your food, poisoning the things you eat. If you need help mouse-proofing your kitchen, call Mouse Control Toronto.

In Canada, there are two species of mice that are attracted to people’s homes: the house mouse and the deer mouse. The house mouse is mostly grey in colour, while the deer mouse has a tawny brown back and white belly. The deer mouse is slightly larger than the house mouse. Both species are primarily herbivores with a diet of seeds, nuts, grains, fruits, vegetables, and organic waste. In the wild, mice like to nest above ground in things like shrubs and tree cavities. In houses, they often settle in the insulation of the walls surrounding the kitchen.

To mouse-proof the kitchen, start by making it less attractive to mice. Tidy up the pantry and store foods in sealed containers. Sweep and vacuum regularly. Make sure you do the dishes every day, and don’t leave food out for long. This includes pet food, so put that away at the end of the day as well. Mice are attracted to warm and humid locations, so you should also fix your kitchen faucets for any leaks. If there is a door to your kitchen, install a door sweep to prevent mice from crawling underneath. You may also want to consider cleaning or changing the fan in your kitchen to increase air circulation, lessening humidity, and the smell of food.

Once you’ve made the kitchen less attractive, look for any gaps and cracks that a mouse could crawl through. If there is a window in the kitchen, check for any tears in the screen or gaps around the window. Look for holes along the baseboards and inside the cabinets, then seal them up with silicone caulking. You want to prevent any mice from crawling in through the walls. Mice can also venture into the kitchen from other parts of the house, so you should block entry points in other rooms as well. On the outside of the house, remove any clutter surrounding the outer walls and tidy up the yard. Keep garbage away from the house and pick up any fruits that fall to the ground. Weatherstripping should be installed on the garage door to prevent any mice from sneaking in.

Mouse-proofing will prevent the headache that comes with the infestation of mice in your home. Mice are difficult to get rid of, so it’s better to avoid them altogether. If you’re currently struggling with a mouse population or if you’re interested in professional mouse-proofing services, reach out to Mouse Control. We offer high-quality inspection, exclusion, and elimination. We’ll get rid of any mouse infestation and prevent any more from coming in. Feel free to give Mouse Control (647-496-0492) a call and we’ll get started.

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