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Rodent Control: Three Practical Tips for Preventing Mice Infestations

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You should protect your home from mice. These rodents are small, but they can cause damage to your stored food. If they infiltrate your building, they will make short but impactful visits to different food sources within your house. You should also note that mice are carriers of disease. They can infect your home and food through their faeces and urine. In addition, they can leave harmful parasites around your building. Therefore, you should establish some measures to control infestations and minimise related problems. Here are some practical pest management tips for preventing mice from causing damage to your home.

Inspect Your Home

You should determine whether there are mice in your property before establishing your protective measures. Early detection of the mice will ensure timely resolution and minimal damage. There are multiple signs of rodent activity that you can use to confirm the presence of mice. You should look out for faecal pellets and tracks indicating movement. You should also check your food storage and foodstuffs for gnawing damage. Additionally, you should listen for rodent noises, especially in the evening. If you do identify any issues indicating a mice problem, you should consult an expert pest control specialist to deal with the infestation. 

Sanitise Your Space

You should sanitise your home to prevent the return of the mice into your home. Typically, rodents are attracted by the presence of food in your house. If there is a highly accessible source of food, the risk of infestation will be higher. You should store the human and pet food in your interior space responsibly. Under normal circumstances, you should place all your cooked and perishable food in the refrigerator. Your dry foodstuffs should not remain in their bags. Instead, they should be placed in strong containers and sealed correctly. You should be diligent in cleaning your house to prevent accumulation of waste food materials on the surfaces. You should pay special attention to countertops and kitchen floors.

Exclude the Rodents

Finally, you should prevent the mice from entering your home. Rodents can enter your home through any opening in your building, including cracks in the foundations and holes in the walls. You should remember that mice are quite small, and they have soft cartilage. Therefore, they can even squeeze in through the gaps around your plumbing lines and utility networks. You should inspect your home and identify all possible access routes for mice into your home. Seal these openings immediately to exclude the harmful rodents from your living space.