There can be no sound more unnerving than the ceaseless scratching in your walls caused by a rodent infestation. You don’t feel safe in your own home and you are afraid to enter into dark rooms because you may not be alone. At Webers Pest Control, we can help rid your home and your property of mice but there are things you too can do to reduce the chance of an infestation taking hold. While these tips are not a failsafe, they should improve your chances of staying mouse-free.

Remove yard hiding places

In most cases, mice don’t simply gnaw their way into your home without first invading your property first. They move like soldiers invading an enemy holding. They creep closer and closer to your home over a period of time before chewing their way into your walls. If you have any piles or structures on your lawn, these spaces can be fortifications for mice. Woodpiles, sheds, stacks of almost anything can act as mouse hiding places. You will also want to mow your lawn regularly as long grass provides great cover to mice. If you have a shed on your lawn, you may want to consider trapping it if you are finding signs of droppings or chewed wood.

Remove food sources

Mice enter our homes for two reasons: warmth and food. Since you can’t exactly turn off your heat in the middle of winter, your only option is to try to shut off the food supply. Always clean up after meals and never leave your dishes in the sink overnight. Clean your counters of crumbs before you go to bed. Go through your cabinets and see if paper or plastic bags show signs of chew marks. If you can, put everything in glass or metal containers with screw or latch tops. If you make the mice work for their meal, they will be forced to find someplace else eat.

Find entry points

If you are finding droppings in your cabinets or under your sink, then you should call Webers Pest Control and have your infestation treated. In the meantime, you can try to find how they are getting into your home. The spaces around pipes are usually good entryways. They attract mice since they are warm and the holes don’t have to be very big for mice to get through to your living space. Use an expanding caulk to seal these holes shut. Not only will it keep out mice and bugs, it will lower your heating bills to help you live a greener and thriftier lifestyle.

Contact your Webers Pest Control Professional for assistance in taking care of your rodent problem.

About Ryan Monroe

In 2008, Ryan Monroe received his Bachelors Degree in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology from the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Texas.Before joining Webers Exterminating, Ryan spent over 5 years working with Lucky's Pest Control (Perkasie, PA) working as their Technical Director. Ryan is married to Julie and they now live in Port Charlotte, FL with their dog, Rex.

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