Mice in your home?
The weather is getting colder now and it is a prime time for rats and mice to begin looking for somewhere to settle down. Mice are a common problem we receive calls about around this time of year.
They have an investigative nature; they love to explore and find new areas to create nests and find new food sources. This means that they may not be in the same location for a long period of time. They will thrive in warm environments with food sources nearby. They can reproduce very quickly so a small problem can become a very big problem if they are left.
Mice are able to survive on minimal sustenance which means unless you can see their droppings or hear them in the wall, the chances are you may not even know you have mice! Mice also have incredibly strong teeth and are able to chew through substantial materials such as soft metals and cables, so they can create their own pathways within your home. They are easily able to climb walls so moving between upstairs and downstairs is no issue for them.
You don’t often see mice outside; this is because they prefer to use underground pathways laid out by cabling and piping into our homes. These pathways allow mice to gain access to many areas of your home, like the bathroom or kitchen. They are able to fit through the smallest of spaces, so it is really important to make sure any potential points of entrance are quickly identified and filled.
Below we have a list of things you can do to minimise the chance of mice infesting your home;
- Keep food in sealable containers
- Keep kitchen counters and floors free of food and drink debris
- Keep the kitchen area as clean as possible
- Remove pet food/drink from the floor during the night
- Keep rubbish bags sealed and where possible away from the home
- Block all entry points-for example vents in garages, foundation cracks, joints around windows and door seals
If you think you may have a mice problem, please do give us a call.