While they are small, furry, and sometimes very cute, there is no doubt that you should contact a professional if you suspect a mouse or rodent infestation in your home. Mice and other rodents reproduce very quickly with large litters. If they create a comfortable nest, you will have more than one to deal with in no time at all. For most homeowners, setting and monitoring traps doesn’t sound like a fun way to spend the weekend. There are a number of small and easy things you can do to keep these pests out and prevent a problem in the first place. Ultimately, you want to prevent entry and make sure that your home does not offer food, shelter, or breeding sites.
Store all food in airtight containers. This includes cereals and crackers that are commonly stored in cardboard boxes. Invest in a good set of glass or plastic containers with snap or screw tops and transfer all food as soon as the package is opened. This is particularly important in homes with small children or pets. Spilled food in undetected corners of the pantry acts like a beacon for unwanted rodents.
Prevent entry by checking all window and door screens and installing sweeps on exterior doors. Be sure to inspect boxes and grocery packages brought into the home. Check your home from the outside and seal cracks and places where pipes or utilities enter the house. Effective sealant that is a good barrier to rodents utilizes caulk or steel wool that they can’t chew through.
With those two simple steps, you should be able to keep your home or office free from furry friends. But don’t hesitate to contact a licensed extermination professional if you have further questions. The key to simple and easy extermination is to start early and stop the problem from becoming widespread.