Will Keeping Lights on Keep Mice Away?

Will Keeping Lights on Keep Mice Away?

Mice are very difficult to get rid of. For thousands of years, they have invaded our homes in search of food and shelter. Ranging between 5 and 10cm in length, mice are nocturnal omnivores that come out at night to eat whatever they can find – grains, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, and organic waste. Once inside the home, they hide within the walls and multiply at an alarming rate, damaging the structure of your home and poisoning your food. So how can you prevent this from happening? Because mice prefer the darkness of the night, you may be wondering if leaving the lights on will keep them away. Unfortunately, it takes more than light to deter them. If you’re interested in mouse-proofing your home, give Mouse Control Toronto a call.

While keeping the lights on is not an effective method of mouse control, it does deter mice to a certain degree. Having lights on the outside of the house will make mice think twice before moving in. This will be most effective, however, when used in combination with other preventative measures such as the elimination of rodent harborage. Remove any weeds that surround the outside of the home and tidy up the yard. Remember that mice are attracted to clutter. Keep trees, shrubs, and piles of wood at least 4 feet away from the side of the house. Be sure to remove fallen fruit and dead plants from the yard as soon as possible.

On the inside of the house, store food in tightly sealed containers and clean the house on a regular basis. Don’t leave any food out for long periods of time and try eating in the same room of the house for every meal. This includes pet food. Mice are attracted to moisture, so fix any leaky faucets or cracks in the roof that you might have. Install a door sweep to the front and back door to help prevent them from coming inside. You should also put weatherstripping on the garage door as mice commonly get in by crawling underneath. Try to reduce clutter in the garage as well and store bird seed and grass seed in sealed containers. Finally, check your house for any gaps in which mice could crawl through and seal them up with silicone caulking. You can also block wall vents and roof vents with wire mesh.

If you’re currently dealing with a mouse infestation, the best thing you can do is get professional help. A qualified pest removal technician will know where to look for mice and how to reach them effectively. Professionals also have commercial-grade baits, traps, and wires that are more effective than those you can buy in stores. For safe and effective mouse removal and mouse-proofing services, reach out to Mouse Control today: 647-496-0492. Ask us about our warranties!

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