As the days grow shorter and temperatures start to dip, mice begin looking for a cozy place to curl up for the winter. Filled with appetizing aromas, our heated homes are an irresistible lure. Here are a few time-tested tricks to rebuff an invasion.
First Line of Defense
Eliminate outdoor hiding spots, like cardboard boxes and piles of wood in your yard or garage. Grass and shrubbery close to the house should always be well trimmed, too.
Secure the Home Perimeter
Plug potential entry points, including cracks in a foundation and spots where wires or pipes pass through walls. Metal gauze and quick-drying cement or foam insulation usually do the trick.
Disrupt the Supply Chain
If mice have already made your house their winter home, keep food beyond reach in sealed containers. Leave no trace of kitchen spills and sweep up crumbs, even the ones beneath your toaster, and don’t leave a bowl full of pet food on the floor overnight.
Set Mouse Traps
If your home has been breached, the good old-fashioned mouse trap may be your best last resort; there are humane no-kill traps available if you want to avoid poisons and glue boards. Peanut butter is better bait than a crumb or piece of cheese, since it can’t be snatched away by a crafty mouse with quick reflexes.
Bad weather can drive unwanted critters indoors. Is your home ready for fall and winter?
By David Wright