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5 Ways to Prevent Mouse Invasions This Fall and Winter

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September 18, 2017

Mouse invasions are more likely as the cold seasons approach, a new list of preparations and accountabilities come along with them. From raking leaves to shoveling driveways and rooves, the last thing we really want is another addition to that list. In a perfect world, this would not be the case and any organisms that couldn’t survive the change in climates could just buy their own apartment spaces and pay rent like everyone else. Unfortunately, we do not live in this perfect (and kind of cute if you imagine little mouse duplexes) world and therefore with a change in climate brings invasions of all sorts of pests attempting to escape the outer conditions and cozy up next to your fireplace.

All joking aside, the fall and winter pest invasion can do some serious damage and nastiness to your property and belongings if left unchecked and unaccounted for. Mice put holes into various walls, leave feces and debris in inhabited spots, and can even get into storage and food supply that you may be saving in the event of a power outage or blizzard. In the long run, these holes can expose your house to the elements, whether rain or snow, which can cause internal corrosion and rust over time as well. They carry disease and nasty bacteria and can chew through electrical components which leave your house at risk of a spark igniting a flame. All hope is not lost, though. The invasion can be stifled before it becomes a pest control emergency.

Here, we’ve laid out 5 different preventative pest control services that you can take to keep those paws out of your home:

  1. Secure the Perimeter

A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime at any time. Now think of the outside of your house, and how many different openings are the same size or larger than a dime. These openings leave your house susceptible to a rodent infestation. While the weather is still warm and accessible, dedicate a few hours out of an afternoon to explore around your house. Pinpoint any holes, cracks, or openings on the exterior of your house and annotate them. Eventually, you are going to want to dedicate a few more hours to sealing those cracks and openings up. Finding the right sealant can be a chore though, so here are a few recommendations/ tips to go off of:

  • Always go for thickness instead of a thing material
  • We recommend metal (copper, steel, etc…)
  • It must be something weatherproof/ able to withstand the elements if exposed
  • Explore your options with a hardware store consultant to figure out what’s best for your home
  1. Mouse Invasions vs Traps

If there are places that are simply impossible to seal completely, you may want to cover those areas with a trap. A conventional glue trap or bait-and-snap trap should be able to do the trick. There are plenty of traps to choose if hurting them/ ending their life isn’t exactly what you want in a trap. Humane baiting cages can also be set up that let the mouse in, but have no means of escape. These cages must be checked regularly though if you want the mouse to survive for very long. Either way, this should help add extra security to your house when the legions of furry friends come knocking.

  1. Shrubbery/ Tree Branches

Rodents are crafty little creatures. They must be to survive in the outdoors. They’ll use any means to make their way into your house, even if that includes scaling a bush or small tree, tightrope-walking the branch, and finding an entry point that way. This may sound crazy, but trust us, it happens. This can be easily handled by ensuring that all of your shrubbery/ tree branches are trimmed and clear from your house by about 3-5 feet or so. The little buggers can leap, but that sort of gap should be far enough to prevent any successful attempts.

  1. Outside Storage

This most commonly applies to firewood, planting supplies, and anything else that you are stacking outside/ in a shed that could potentially be inhabited by rodents. They could easily take up abode in these stacks, or even worse hitch a ride on a bundle you carry indoors and trojan-horse into your well-protected castle. In order to avoid this, keep all stacked firewood and outer supplies at least 20 feet away from the house and about 3-4 feet off the ground. This way, rodents will not be able to access the wood supply or draw any connections to your house from being so close.

  1. Mouse Invasions vs Your Pet

What do rodents fear most on our good green earth? As nice as it would be to hang a picture of a scary clown or a late bill payment and call it a day, rodents have no concept of such terrifying subjects. They fear natural predators. If you’re not allergic and looking for a furry companion to keep you company during these cold seasons, then a cat or dog may be a good option to consider. Their presence is often enough to scare off rodents, and if nothing else they may even catch one if you’ve already been intruded. It’s best not to underestimate this rodent, according to scientists, mice are the “second most successful mammal on earth.” These highly adaptable creatures are born survivors, creating problems in both residential and commercial areas.

Mouse invasions can quickly get from bad to worse if no preventative measures are taken. Your house and your livelihood could be at risk.

Call the pest control professionals at Boz Pest Control today to get a step ahead of the enemies and prevent mouse invasions! 

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