10 Easy Tips to Prevent Mice and Rodents Inside the Home Missy Henriksen
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Almost all homeowners know the
feeling of unease that accompanies finding mice or rodents in your
home. Whether in the kitchen, attic, basement or dining room
– a rodent sighting can incite surprise and fear in even the most
composed homeowner. Unfortunately, these common pests are
resourceful creatures that can enter a building or home through the
smallest opening or crack, and require very little space to travel
inside. Mice can
easily fit through spaces as small as a nickel!
Rodents seek shelter indoors, especially during the cooler fall
and winter months, and once inside can cause more than just an
unpleasant infestation. Rodents put homes at risk for electrical
fires by gnawing through wires. More frequently, though, rodents serve
as vectors, carrying bacteria, such as salmonella, on their
bodies and contaminating food sources, kitchen surfaces and
equipment. The common white-footed deer mouse is also known to
transmit the potentially fatal Hantavirus.
Fortunately, there are many ways homeowners can proactively
prevent and get rid of rodent infestations in their homes:
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including
areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk, steel
wool or a combination of both.
- Store food in airtight
containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
- Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement
foundation and windows.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and
clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for
- Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages
brought into the home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep
shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.
- If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest
professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.
If you spot evidence of a rodent infestation, do not hesitate to
act to handle the problem. Rodents are known to reproduce quickly,
and a small problem can turn into a big issue overnight if left
Rodent control and management are important for health and
safety reasons. If you suspect a rodent infestation, visit our Find
a Pro page to find a
pest control professional in your area.