The winter is a deadly season for mice, and it forces them to look for warmth in order to survive. For centuries, they were able to find this source of warmth inside our homes, and once they’ve entered, they are likely to find food, nesting supplies, and a hidden location somewhere in our walls. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to protect your home from house mouse infestations during the winter.
Taking care of entry points into the home
On top of being small, mice also have flexible skeletons which can squeeze down and enter really tight spaces. Naturally, this can cause major headaches when you try to mouse-proof your home, because you have to look for all gaps and cracks that are wider than a quarter of an inch. But that’s not all. Mice are also as acrobatic as they come, and they are able to scale vertical surfaces, travel across wiring of all kinds, swim, and jump up to one foot in the air. So what you have to do in order to make sure that mice cannot enter your home is to look over the entire building to find any crack that is wider than a quarter of an inch. Not an impossible task, but there are some pest control companies that offer this service, which you can rely on if you do not want to go with the DIY route.
There are several other measures that you can take to prevent a mouse infestation during winter. Mice are always on the lookout for food, so you can deny them this incentive by keeping all the food in the home sealed. Make sure that you also seal your pet food, and your garbage containers. If you want to be extra safe, you can also set up baited mouse traps on your property, particularly in your garage, in areas with thick vegetation, and near the walls of your home.
Moving onto control
If an infestation is already well underway, you will have to move onto control, and for this step of the process, it’s best to work with a professional. A professional is going to have the tools necessary to make sure that all the mice in the home are removed quickly. Contact us today if you are dealing with house mouse problems, or if you have any questions about these rodents.