DO-IT-YOURSELF MOUSE CONTROL SERVICE
Helpful things you can do to prevent mice from entering your home.
Here are some do-it-yourself mouse control recommendations:
Keep things clean
Get rid of human and pet food sources that mice may be using as food. Enclose food in tight fitting containers. Kitchen floors, sinks and counter tops need to be kept clean. Do not leave fresh fruits or vegetables on countertops or tables.
- All rubbish and refuse piles need to be eliminated.
- Landscaped areas need to be properly maintained with wood piles elevated off the ground.
- Garbage containers and dumpsters should have tight fitting covers and spillage eliminated immediately.
- Mice can live on the spilled and surplus food from bird feeders and pet food. Cleanup under bird feeders and secure stored food in lidded containers. Pet food should also be stored in lidded containers and never left outside overnight. Feed your pet then remove the excess food and dishes as soon as possible.
Keep the mice out
Look for openings through which mice can enter your home. They can enter through cracks in foundations, floors or walls. Look for feces, rub marks, gnawed areas and foot prints as signs of an infestation.
All openings, into the structure, greater than 1/4″ should be sealed to exclude mice.
Likely access points of entry for mice are where utility lines come through walls, as well as openings around air conditioning units, drain pipes and vents.
Look for warped doors, and unscreened vents as possible points of entry. All spaces beneath doors should be checked and if the opening is too large, reduce it. Adding door sweeps is recommended. Vents should be screened using ¼ inch mesh screening material.
After inspecting for signs of activity, set mouse traps or place mouse bait (in enclosed stations) in areas where they have been detected. Infestations can be heavier than they initially appear so use plenty of traps and/or bait. Re-bait and set traps often to eliminate a maximum number of mice. Continue this process to facilitate control. Be aware of the risks to children, pets and other animals. Never leave bait in open areas where it can be easily accessed. Always read the label of any baits or devises you may consider using and always use them as directed.
Take precautions. Be extra careful when cleaning up the feces, urine and debris that mice leave behind. Illnesses and diseases are most frequently caught when improper handling and cleaning procedures are used.
- Treat areas with a disinfectant, before wiping, sweeping or vacuuming debris. Wear gloves and avoid direct skin contact.
- Wear a hepa-filter face mask to avoid breathing airborne particles.
- Vacuum debris or sweep it up and immediately dispose of it.
- Wash your hands and exposed skin after cleaning debris.
- Wash work clothes in hot water and dry on high setting to remove any contaminants.
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