If you have seen a mouse in your house, you likely have more than one. Mice seek to find shelter during winter months for a warm safe to stay until it warms up outside. Once mice get in, they can multiply quickly. Before this happens, keep reading to learn why mice love homes and how to get them out.
Why Mice Move In
Besides the cold weather mice can find many things they love inside a home. When it is close to Christmas mice love to gnaw on Christmas presents. Not only does the wrapping paper make nice nest materials they love to gnaw on cardboard boxes. If you have presents under your tree, you better keep a watch on them if you have seen a mouse.
Mice have a hard time finding food outside during the cold, winter months. They love homes as they can generally find food to eat easily if you are not prepared and do not take precautions. They will gnaw on dog or cat food bags you may have to get to the food, they can get inside cabinets that have boxed food and gnaw through the boxes, and much more. You could even find mice in drawers in your kitchen looking for food. Even if you have crumbs lying around the mice will gladly eat them.
How to Get Rid of Mice
The best way to get rid of mice is to contact a pest control company. They can come to your home and seal up all entry points where mice can get into your home. The pest control company will also set traps, which may be bait stations or snap traps, to catch the mice. If your home is infested with mice it will take a few days to get all of them out.
You need to get rid of any food supply they have access to. Keep food off of your countertops. Put open food containers up high where the mice cannot get to easily. If you have dog or cat food, put it in a container that has a tightly sealed lid. You can find these containers at pet stores.
Sweep your floor every night before you go to bed to remove any crumbs. Make sure there is no spilled liquids or food on the floor. Your trash cans need to be tightly sealed lid outside. Also, make sure you keep the inside trash cans clean and do not let trash overflow.
The pest control company can give you many more tips on mice control and keeping them out of your home.