Rid That Mouse From Your House

Rid that mouse from your house. How to keep mice outside where they belong. Take away their food sources and seal up cracks they may be entering through.

By the time you see a mouse, you house is fairly infested with these little critters. Each female can have up to ten litters each year and each litter will produce six to seven offspring. A little prevention can save you lots of time and frustration trying to rid your house of mice and all other small unwanted invaders.

First make sure you have eliminated their food sources within your home. Store all pet food, birdseed and grass seed in metal containers. Don't leave food in your pet's bowl for long periods of time. Keep your garbage cans on a raised platform and shut them tightly. Keep your bread in heavy plastic containers or in the refrigerator. A mouse can squeeze through any pencil-sized (1/4 inch) opening. Inspect your upper cupboards for cracks. The cupboard under your kitchen sink is probably the most exposed area in your house. Check for openings around pipes and drain lines. Seal any of these small openings. Shove bits of steel wool into any other cracks you find. Mouse- proofing your kitchen will probably solve most of your mouse problems. If they can't find anything good to eat, they'll move out pretty quickly. Now that you have eliminated the sources of food inside the house, you have to prevent others from venturing inside.

Take stock of your home's exterior. Check your foundation for any small holes. Fill these with mortar, caulk or cement. Caulk around the bottom of your siding, where it meets the foundation. Also caulk where the dryer vents out of your house. Another seemingly unlikely entrance is around where cable, phone and other utility lines enter your house. Make sure these are also caulked to seal them. Check your weather stripping around the bottoms of all outside doors. Replace if it is worn or torn. Do the same for your garage door. The rubber strip along the bottom should be tight to the ground. If it has any gaps adjust your door or replace the rubber strip. Check the outside of your home for beehives. A honeycomb can feed a thousand mice all winter.

You may also have to make some adjustments to your landscaping. Trim your shrubs away from the house. If they are touching the house they can cause damage to your siding as well as acting as ladders for rodents. Make sure your bird feeders are at least 15 feet from the house. Try to keep fallen birdseed cleaned up as much as possible; the little critters don't need you to provide a buffet for them. Your woodpile should not be stacked right against the house. While moving your woodpile may make it slightly inconvenient, there are many advantages. It will keep the wood from damaging your siding. It will help prevent termite or carpenter ant infestations as well as keeping your house free of rodents.

Not only are mice and other small rodents inconvenient, they also can cause damage to wood surfaces and cause fires by damaging wiring with their gnawing. By taking an afternoon to mouse proof your house, you can save yourself countless hours spent on costly repairs.

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