When we find ourselves in the thick of winter, there are still some pests that you will have to continue to battle even more now that temperatures are subzero. Mice are going to start looking for a place to keep warm throughout the winter, and the last place you want that to be in your home. Specialized Pest Control & Lawn Care is here to share some tips to help you keep mice out of your home this winter.
Mouse & Rodent Proof Food Storage Containers
Food is something that mice are searching for in the winter with their food sources much more difficult to find as the snowfalls. Your food should be stored in airtight containers to avoid a mouse infestation. This is especially true for areas like basements and storage rooms. These dark places are often a good place for mice to build their nests. Not only do you need to worry about your food, but mice will be attracted to pet food as well. Store your dog or cat food in a plastic container with a lid since mice will chew their way through the bags pet food comes in.
Store Firewood Outside & off the Ground to Avoid Mice
A nicely stacked pile of firewood is the perfect place for a mouse nest. If you store your firewood off the ground at least 18 inches, it will greatly decrease the number of mice you find in it during the winter. You should also avoid storing your firewood near any of the entrances into your home to avoid easy access into your home.
Seal Mice Holes & Entry Points
It is important to give your home a thorough inspection for any places that a mouse can gain entry into your home. You may not realize this, but a mouse can squeeze its way through a hole the size of a dime. If you have any holes or cracks in your home, they should be repaired as soon as possible to avoid a mouse problem.
Remove Clutter as Mice like Messy Rooms
Is your garage full of boxes and other clutter? You may want to start organizing things and getting rid of any clutter that you don’t need. Mice will make their nests in these places as long as you let them. You should always keep basements and crawl spaces neat and tidy as well to avoid a mouse problem.
Maintain Landscaping to Keep Mice out of Garden
If you haven’t cleaned up the fallen leaves in your yard and the bushes are overgrown on your property, consider cleaning them up a bit to avoid mice. These areas offer mice a nice place to shelter themselves from any storms that could come their way during the winter.
If you have a mouse problem this winter, it is important that you act quickly before they take over your home. The pest specialists at Specialized Pest Control & Lawn Care have the experience and resources to rid your home of any mouse problem you may have. Call us today!