Finding that you have mice in your home is not a pleasant surprise. Mice can be a really big problem because they can carry some terrible diseases, most notably hantavirus in their fecal pellets. You do not want these little rodents in your home, and there are a few different things that you can do that will help you get rid of the mice in your home. This article is going to outline three simple ways that you keep mice out of your home, and, if they are there, how you can kill them.
Seal Up Your Foundation
Mice will often look for a place to stay in the winter when it starts getting cold. The better your home is built the less likely mice are to find their way into your home. You can start with your foundation and walls. You want to do a very detailed inspection of the outside of you home. Look for any cracks or chips that need to be filled in. When you find them, fill them in with a high-quality grout. Once you have filled in all major cracks and chips, seal up your foundation. This is going to help you keep these little pests out of the house.
The cleaner your home is, the better off you are when it comes to mice. These little rodents love to find a cluttered home that has a nice amount of food. Deep cleaning your home a few times a month is going to drastically reduce your home's attractiveness to mice. It is going to be important that you keep cupboards and pantries free of any crumbs. You may also want to buy cleaning products that have citrus, mint, or cedar smells, as these scents also will help repel mice.
Kill The Rodents
You have a few options when it comes to killing the mice in your homes. It is popular to kill mice using a poison, and many people like this because they usually do not have to see the dead mouse. The problem with poison is that the mouse will usually go back into the wall and die. If a dead mouse is in your wall, it is going to rot there. So, trapping the mice is a very good way to kill the mice in your home. Pick bait that the mouse has been eating, and put the trap perpendicular to the wall, with the bait away from the floorboard.
Contact a pest control expert who specializes in mice removal for additional information.