When temperatures drop, people take shelter from the cold. Animals do so as well, particularly that common pest, the mouse. They want a warm and snug place to hang out in during the cold weather, just the way humans do. To prevent housing a sizable mouse population in the coming months, you can take certain precautions to keep them out of the house.
Mice are clever creatures as well as being quite small and flexible. They can enter your home through the smallest of holes. Once or twice a year, you need to go on a mouse hole hunt around the perimeter of your home. Fill in the cracks and holes in your foundation and around your doors. Also, search your basement and attic for signs that mice are already in your home while also looking for cracks and openings in the walls. Remember, if the opening is actually too small for a mouse to use, insects won't have that problem.
You can naturally repel mice by using certain odors that they hate. This way, you can keep them out of your house humanely. If you place an open container of mothballs in trouble areas, such as under the kitchen sink, you stand a good chance of keeping your little rodent friends away. You will need to replace your supply every three months or so. Of course, if the scent of moth balls repels you or your family, you'll need to try something else. You can use ammonia and get the same effect. Place a small jar of ammonia wherever mice are likely to enter your home. Mice think the smell is the urine of a predator, so they stay away. If you have small children or pets, realize that these substances are toxic and take the necessary precautions.
Pest Control Service
If you already have a large mouse population in your home, you should consider calling in the professionals to get things under control. Once the current mouse population is removed, you will be better able to use preventative methods to keep them from coming back.
Mice are going to gravitate toward your home in cooler weather, so be prepared. Seal up the potential trouble spots and try some rodent deterrent methods. Of course, employing a local exterminator, such as All Seasons Pest Control, is always an excellent choice to get rid of the creatures in your walls, basement, and attic. If you start the fall season off mouse free, you have a much better chance of keeping it that way all winter.