Keep things clean
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.
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.
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.