prevention mouse rodents

Keeping Rodents Out Of My House​

Keeping Rodents Out Of My House

Remove their food supply. Make sure all to properly store your food in an airtight container. Try to use metal and glass containers, mostly. If you use plastic containers, make sure they’re very thick, and their lids fit tightly. Place a deterrent smell like mint, bay leaves, or cloves next to where you store food. Another option is to purchase a ready-made mouse, deterrent pouches. Make it a habit to clean up after small and pets because they tend to drop food in very unusual places – that’ll become mice food and allure them into your house. 

Block their entryway from the outside of your house. To do so, take a walk around your property and pay extra attention to areas where the siding connects to the base of your house, doorways and garage door flaps. Fill in any small crack for some clogging supplies and how to’s click here.

Don’t provide nesting areas for them outside. DO NOT place firewood, compost, or leaf piles next to your house. These can become an excellent nesting area. Also, make sure to remove any possible hiding areas along the perimeter of your yard.

Clean up after mice infestations.

After you’ve successfully ejected the mice from your property, make sure you clean up thoroughly. You must do so for two reasons: 

The first, by cleaning your house from mice infestation remains, you’re preventing new mice from coming in. Mice leave invisible pheromone trails for others to follow. If a new mouse enters your property, he’ll follow the smell trail and will go back to the same location. 

The second is by cleaning up. This way, you’re preventing the spread of diseases. To prevent your family from getting infected, thoroughly disinfect all areas of your property that have mice tracks. 

Here are a few recommendations on how to clean the infected areas safely:

Wear protective gear.

Clean up mouse droppings or urine trail.

Clean the entire area around where the mice had been.

Keeping Rodents Out Of Your Backyard and Garden​

Don’t provide nesting areas for them outside. DO NOT place firewood, compost, or leaf piles next to your house. These can become an excellent nesting area. Also, make sure to remove any possible hiding areas along the perimeter of your yard.

Keep your lawns trimmed at all times.  Tall grass can make a perfect hiding place for mice. Tall grass helps them feel safe and enables them to run around your yard without you noticing. If you keep your grass mowed, they won’t be able to disappear so quickly. They’ll think twice before crossing the yard.

Keep the Base of your House Clear. Cut back the bedding plants and move them away from the siding of your house. Try clearing a couple of feet around the parameter. Keep the area barren, and mice won’t enjoy crossing it.

Relocate your woodpile. Store it across your yard, if possible. If you need to store against the wall, try storing it against a garden shed. Store your wood in a lumber rack raised at least 6 inches off the ground. 

Make sure your yard doesn’t becomes a used car lot. Abandoned vehicles and discarded furniture and appliances can become another hiding place for rodents. Take these items the scrap heap or re-sell them. 

Secure the trash containersTry to move your trash cans to the concrete, if you can’t do so, make sure it’s not standing on the ground. Use a sturdy trash can for the best results. Another trash can option is a trash can with special latches and secure lid. It’s perfect for small animals like rodents and even bigger ones. For extra security, use rodent repellent trash bags.

Keep the food garden at a safe distance. If you’ve located your vegetable plots next to your house, it encourages the mice to find their way in it. Keep your garden across the lawn.

Wrap the bark of your trees. Mice like eating young trees bark – so make sure to wrap your trees.  Their favorite barks are fruit trees. To protect your trees, cover their bark with wire mesh or a plastic collar.

Store the birdseed in the garage or house. If you own a pet, make sure it’s you properly store its food in a sealed rodent-proof container. Also, make sure it’s stored indoors and not in your yard. Make sure to look for any pet food that might be scattered around. Try your best to feed your pets indoors, if you can’t do that, clean up after right after the feeding. 

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