Mice in cartoons are always cute. And they are rarely seen as pests.
The truth is, although they are still quite cute, you should never tolerate these rodents in your home, as they can be quite destructive despite their small size. If the damage is done, our mouse extermination service will be able to drive them out of your house.
But prevention is better than cure. Wondering how to keep mice away from your house? Here are 7 simple and foolproof tips.
- Caulk potential entry points
- Keep food out of reach
- Close garbage cans tightly
- Use odour repellents
- Maintain the yard
- Invest in ultrasound equipment
- Don’t rely too much on your cat
1. Caulk access points to keep mice out
How do you keep mice away when all they dream of is a warm and welcoming shelter to spend the winter? For starters, by not giving them any access.
They can easily enter your home by sneaking into a space as small as a dime. Caulking is the best solution against intrusion.
Installing wire mesh blocks the entry points used by mice. Seal all cracks in your foundation and joints around your pipes.
If you don’t feel confident that you can do it perfectly, we have a pest caulking service that uses the best sealants and we can rapidly intervene to protect your home.
2. Keep food sealed and out of reach of rodents
Mice enter your house for two main reasons. First, they invade your home to warm up when temperatures drop. Not surprisingly, rodent infestations increase during winter in Quebec.
These small rodents also enter your home to find food. You can help prevent this problem by keeping your kitchen clean and storing dry food in metal or glass containers.
3. Store waste in well-sealed and airtight garbage cans
Garbage cans placed near your home or garage are an invitation for mice (and often even other rodents such as rats or raccoons) unless they are closed with tight-fitting lids. You can secure the lids with bungee cords or heavy stones.
If possible, keep these containers several tens of meters away from your home and place them slightly above the ground for maximum prevention.
4. Use odours to repel them
Like all intruders, some odours can repel mice. Which scents do mice hate the most?
- Peppermint oil
- Cayenne pepper
Ideally, you should invest in oils, soak cotton balls in them and then place these cotton balls in areas that are potentially accessible to mice.
Another solution is to make cheesecloth packets from dried cayenne, mint and whole cloves and leave them in places where mice tend to hide, such as under kitchen appliances and in walls.
5. Maintain your yard to keep mice away
The inside of your home is not the only place you need to focus your attention, but the outside as well. Several measures should be taken around your yard to prevent mice from being attracted to your home:
- Cut tall grass: this will prevent mice from nesting near your home.
- Get rid of waste: pests love easily accessible waste. They use it to hide and reproduce. Given the impressive reproduction rate of mice, you would regret having an infestation in your yard.
6. Invest in ultrasound equipment
These generate small signals that frighten mice, but some experts say they aren’t effective because after a while the mice get used to the sound and aren’t bothered.
Buying several of these devices and changing them every 3 weeks is a good way to prevent these intruders from entering your home.
7. Don’t rely too much on your cat
Although some breeds of cats can be effective against mice, in most cases they are not a good means of control. Not only do pets lose their hunting instinct, but their food or waste can also attract rodents. This is why tip number 2 of this article also applies to pets.
Elite Pest Control keeps mice away from your house
No one should have to tolerate the presence of mice in their home. Not only can they damage your home, but they can also transmit diseases to you that can affect the health of you and others in your home.
Applying these few tricks should be enough to keep the mice away from your house. However, if the problem persists or is beyond your control, you can contact Elite Pest Control. Our team will be happy to restore your peace of mind.