With a short, easy winter on animals, the mouse population is sure to explode this year around Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Before it’s too late and a family of mice find their new home in your kitchen, use the following preventative measures to help prevent their entry into your house or cottage:
1) Seal Easy Access Points.
Mice can find their way into your home through dryer vents, wiring pipes, drainage pipes, gaps in foundations, cracks in walls, gaps in windows, and ceilings. Mice are capable of fitting through holes much smaller than their bodies. Sealing these common access points will lower the chances of mice entering your house or cottage.
2) Remove Old Bird Seed.
Remove old bird seed from your yard and clear branches that a mouse could easily climb up to get onto your roof or through a window.
3) Weatherproof Your Home or Cottage.
All doors and windows must close tight and properly. Not only will this help prevent mice from entering, but it will also increase your home’s energy efficiency and lower your utility bills.
4) Store Food in Tightly Shut Containers.
Use glass or metal containers with a tight lid to store food in your home or cottage. Once a mouse finds a food source it’s less likely to venture back outside.
5) Dispose Food Waste As Soon As Possible.
Don’t wait to bring the trash outside. Dispose of any leftover food as soon as a member of your household is finished eating. When it comes to preventing mice infestations, the less food waste kept inside your home or cottage, the better.
If mice enter your home or you would like to prevent entry please feel free to contact us.