It’s that time of year when Mother Nature is giving us a taste of cold weather and as many of you who live in the country know, cold weather tends to bring mice inside people’s homes.
Today I would like to take a minute and share a few tips with you that you can use to deter mice from wanting to be inside your house instead of just trapping and killing them once they get inside.
I don’t know about you but I think it’s much kinder and smarter to just keep them out than it is to kill them.
Tip #1: Rodent Control Starts With Cleanliness
The first step to avoiding a rodent problem is to keep a clean house. Mice are naturally drawn to spilled food items so if your cupboards are full of cookie crumbs, this is like laying out the welcome mat for these little critters. It’s also a good idea to keep any food storage items that you might have in rodent proof containers.
We’ve all seen the signs in our national parks that say, “Don’t Feed The Bears”. Well the same holds true for rodent’s. If you provide a food source for them, you really can’t blame them for paying a visit to the all you can eat buffet.
As long as we’re talking about cutting off the food source to these unwelcome house guests, don’t forget that the garbage you throw out is like filet mignon to these furry little guys. You think of garbage as waste but mice think of it as a seven course meal. Unless you like mice being inside of your home, keep your garbage in rodent proof containers and don’t store it in your home.
Tip #2: Deter Mice With Peppermint Oil
The smell of peppermint oil is supposed to be quite overpowering to mice. If you soak some cotton balls in peppermint oil and place them in areas that you are accustomed to seeing mice droppings, the mice shouldn’t want to be in those areas and they will be less likely to come in your house. Peppermint oil soaked cotton balls act like mothballs but they are 100% natural and shouldn’t harm the mice at all.
Tip #3: Deter Mice By Sealing Off Entrances
If you notice that you have mice droppings in your home, one of the first steps to getting rid of them is to figure out how they’re getting inside. Keep in mind that if a mouse can get its head through a hole, it can get its entire body through as well. When you find the little holes that mice are using to gain entrance into your home, don’t simply seal the holes and think that you have solved the problem.
Mice are proficient chewers and once they are accustomed to entering at a particular spot, they will chew through most patches. Before patching any entrance holes that you might find, stuff some steel wool into the hole. When the mice try to chew their way back inside your house, the texture of the steel wool will keep them from creating a new hole.
Remember that trapping mice as a way of controlling them is like blowing on smoke and hoping for the flame to go out. It’s kind of backwards thinking. If you will deal with the reason that the mice are in your home in the first place, you’ll be much more successful at keeping them at bay.