Did you know that a mouse can squeeze through any crack or hole comparable to the size of a dime? Because they do not have collar bones, they can easily fit into small openings. If you have a hole in your wall, floor or foundation, you may find these creepy crawlers roaming your home, searching for food sources and leaving their droppings behind. They can also make their way through window gaps, improperly sealed drain pipes, sink or bathtub drains and holes around plumbing and oven gas lines.
When temperatures drop, mice seek safe and warm structures to rest and store their food. This is why it is key to inspect your home before the cold weather approaches, to ensure all small holes are blocked off. Also, be sure to store food in tightly sealed glass or metal containers and discard all food waste right away.
Four More Tips for Mice Control in the Home
- Let your friend’s cat spend the night! As a natural predator, a cat will leave behind its scent, which works as a natural mouse repellent. Both indoor and outdoor cats can help prevent mice from taking up residence in your home.
- Use mouse repellent. Mint works well to repel mice. You can use the essential oil to infuse your home with the scent. You can also tuck bay leaves into the corners of your cabinets, or break them into small pieces and place them on your window sills. Mothballs also work well in keeping mice away, but they are poisonous, so be mindful of where you place them to ensure your children and pets do not come into contact with them.
- Set traps outside of your home. If you suspect mice are entering your home from a specific area outside, it’s a good idea to set live traps. Try luring them inside with peanut butter or cheese. If and when they enter the trap, be sure to release them far away from your home.
- Use foil to keep them out. If you know where the mice are entering, fill the hole with scrunched up foil. They may not like the sound foil makes or how it feels on their teeth when they gnaw at it. Or it may just be too unnatural for them to pierce. Whatever the case may be, foil seems to be a reliable way to keep mice out.
Do you suspect a mice infestation in your home? If you require the help of a professional exterminator in Vancouver to rid your home of pesky rodents, count on Pest Detective. Through humane and safe practices, we can effectively remove common household pests and advise you on how to prevent the reoccurrence of an infestation.
Contact Pest Detective today for pest control in Vancouver if you have mice nesting in your home. You can also schedule an appointment to request a free estimate for the removal of unwelcome pests. We have many different locations throughout the Lower Mainland area to better serve you.