There's A Mouse In My House! 3 Simple Steps To Keep Mice Away This Winter

Posted on: 27 October 2016

Now that winter is here, uninvited guests will start coming out of the woodwork. As soon as the cold weather sets in, mice start looking for a warm place to stay. Unfortunately, your house might end up being their chosen destination. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to make their stay short-lived. Here are three methods you can use to keep mice out of your home this winter.

Block Their Access

As soon as the temperatures dip, the mice are going to look for easy access to your home. To stop them in their tracks, you'll need to beat them to the punch. Take a walk around the house to look for areas that would provide entry points for mice. Pay close attention to holes in the stucco or cracks in the foundation. To close those entry points, you'll need steel wool, latex caulk, and a putty knife. Fill the entry points with a small amount of steel wool and apply a generous amount of latex caulk. Use your putty knife to smooth the caulk and allow it to dry. The steel wool and caulk will prevent mice from gaining access to your home.

Remove Their Food Supply

Mice tend to set up house wherever they can find food. Keep mice away by removing their food supply. Store dry food – and dog food – in plastic, air-tight containers. Keep the area around your trashcans clean and free of debris. Wipe down your counter tops after each meal. Sweep your kitchen floor at least once a day. Following these simple steps will help keep mice out of your home.

Bring on the Peppermint

Peppermint candy canes may be a favorite treat among humans during the holiday season, but mice are repelled by the aroma. Mix up a batch of peppermint spritz that will give your home a festive aroma while repelling the mice. Fill a spray bottle with water and about 2-3 teaspoons of peppermint oil. Spray the solution along the baseboards, and around the doors and windows. Repeat as necessary to keep the mice away all winter long.

As the temperatures dip this winter, mice will start looking for a warm place to stay. Use the tips provided here to make sure that your home doesn't become a winter sanctuary for the rodents in your neighborhood. For other tips on how to keep mice away, be sure to speak to a pest control company near you. 

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