Mice are a real concern for homeowners. The little critters are determined to get inside our living spaces, spreading disease and making a mess of feces and urine all over the house. Keeping them out can be difficult given their size and ability to chew through practically anything. Luckily, there are many precautions that you can take to lower your chances of getting mice. If you’re interested in professional pest-proofing, call Mouse Control: 647-496-0492.
Mice are little, nocturnal rodents that measure roughly 20cm long, tails included. These pests weigh only about 20 grams and can squeeze through gaps that are less than a centimetre wide. This allows them to sneak into people’s homes for food and shelter. Mice are most likely to come inside in the fall when temperatures outside begin to drop. Like humans, they would rather be indoors when it is cold out. And, like humans, they would also rather be indoors when it is too hot. Mice may also try to get inside to enjoy some air conditioning during the hottest months of the year.
If you want to avoid an invasion of mice, start by making your home less attractive to rodents. Move plants, bushes, and firewood away from the sides of the home and remove as much clutter as you can from the yard. Mow the lawn on a regular basis and pick fruit up off the lawn as soon as they fall. Remove bird feeders and protect your vegetable garden with row covers. Inside, store pantry goods in sealed containers and tidy up the kitchen. Vacuum regularly and keep surfaces clean so there is no food for mice to eat. Fix any leaky faucets you may have and refrain from leaving pet food out overnight.
Once you have removed food and areas of rodent harborage, check the structure of your home closely for mouse entry points. Examine your foundation closely for any cracks and check that there are no openings surrounding your deck. Fill any gaps and cracks you find with caulking, steel wool, or galvanized steel mesh. Mice commonly enter people’s home by squeezing under the garage door, so be sure to replace the weatherstripping if it is worn. Finally, cap your wall vents and weep vents with steel mesh so that no mice chew or squeeze their way through.
Mice usually make their way indoors in the fall but remember that they may come in at any time of year. These animals are always in search of a safe and comfortable place to stay. If you’re currently dealing with an infestation of mice, reach out to Mouse Control. Our experts deal with mice all the time and understand their behaviours very well. We use high quality baits and offer pest-proofing services to prevent any more animals from getting inside. Call Mouse Control for quick and safe mouse removal throughout the Toronto area: 647-496-0492.