You’ve seen it on television and in the movies time and again: There’s a mouse on the loose in the house. It’s good for a great laugh when it’s on the screen, but it’s not so funny when it happens to you. When mice move in, they could be in the roof, in the basement, or making themselves cozy in your walls. They’re more than a nuisance. Mice can present significant health risks and do damage to your house. At the first sign of mice, whether it’s droppings or you have actually managed to catch one in the act, you need to figure out how to get rid of them.
What Attracts Mice to Your Home?
Your house is like a goldmine to a mouse. It’s warm, and it’s protected from the weather. You’ve got plenty of food that is just ripe for the taking in your cabinets, and anything in a box is free game for a mouse. They even love dog food. They’ll poke in your trash as well. If you don’t have any pets to scare them away, your home could be an easy target for mice. If you have any gaps in your foundation, beneath your windows, or under your doors, don’t be surprised when you have new guests.
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Where Will Mice Go in Your Home?
If mice find their way in, they won’t want to leave. They’ll go in your attic, basement, and crawl spaces. They’ll also go behind your cabinets and in your insulation, and they’ll wreak havoc wherever they go by chewing their way through walls and other materials in your home. Mice also leave their droppings, which could lead to serious illness in your family. Because of this, you can’t let them stay. You’ll need to create a plan of attack to get rid of your mouse problem.
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Getting Rid of a Mouse in the House
If you know you have a mouse, inspect your home. Look for places where they can get in so that you can block them off. This will help you to minimize the chance of the problem happening again. The next step is to get mouse traps. You need to bait them and put them in the best locations. Keep an eye on your traps and check them regularly. Steer clear of toxins that could endanger pets in your home. Be diligent and you can get rid of your mice.
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Mice are a hassle, but you can eliminate the problem by staying on guard in the future. Close those openings and consider having a cat on duty to keep the mice away.
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