We are still waiting on cooler temperatures but once they arrive, you might get some unwelcome houseguests. Mice might seek shelter in your warm and cozy home once the weather gets cold.
When mice move into your home, they’re looking for accessible shelter that is in close proximity to a source of air flow and a supply of food. The following areas can be especially attractive to mice:
3. Crawl spaces
5. The areas behind cabinets
6. Air ducts or venting systems
7. Insulation (Mice have been known to cause expensive messes by nesting in insulation.)
Best Ways to Prevent Mice from Moving In
Mice are breeding machines, which means it can be a massive headache to try to get a handle on the problem using DIY methods. Prevention is key in this situation, as avoiding an infestation in the first place means you won’t have to deal with an issue down the road. Here are some preventative measures you can take to help avoid a mouse infestation:
1. Inspect the perimeter of your home and seal any holes or cracks larger than one-fourth of an inch.
2. Trim ivy and tree branches away from your house to help reduce easy access.
3. Store woodpiles or stacks of debris well away from your house to help eliminate potential shelters.
4. Make sure doors seal thoroughly and install weather stripping at the bottom.
5. Keep food items — for people and pets — in airtight containers that mice can’t chew through.
6. Make sure counters, stovetops and tabletops are wiped down after each meal.
7. Vacuum and mop regularly.
8. Seal indoor and outdoor trash cans.
If you’re concerned about mice invading your home this fall and winter — or think you may already have a mouse in the house — contact Terminix Service to schedule a free inspection today.