Garden Tips

How to Stop Mice from Coming Back

Mice infestation can be both embarrassing and frustrating. These rodents seem to outsmart your every move to get rid of them. However, they can be completely exterminated from the household. The problem lies in ensuring that they remain out of buildings they once infested. Are you wondering how to stop mice from coming back? Here are common ways to do this.

Seal off any possible entry points

Mice will easily fit through small openings such as drains, ventilation and cracks within buildings. They will also use different routes such as wires connecting two buildings as a way to move from one place to another. Preventing their entry into buildings is therefore necessary by sealing off these access points. A good way to do this is by using stainless steel mesh wire at any openings. This doesn’t affect the functioning of the specific spot such as ventilation. It however deters mice from entering the building.

Get rid of furniture and other items you don’t need in your building

Once mice find their way into a building, they will try to find the perfect hiding spot. This is a place with minimal disturbance such as old unused boxes and furniture. Such places are great for nesting since you won’t check them regularly unless you suspect mice infestation. Rather than hang on to such items and welcome mice back into the building, it’s best to sell them or give them away. Besides reducing the number of hiding places for mice, getting rid of old furniture and other items creates more space in the home.

Cats

Unless you’re allergic, cats are a great way to keep mice away from your house. Mice are always wary of predators and usually use their sharp sense of smell to know if there’s a predator around or not. In most instances, just having a cat around will be enough to ensure that mice don’t try to access the building.

Deprive them of food

Mice will usually venture into a building in search of food. They’ll usually opt to nest in buildings where food is abundant and easily accessible. They are also likely to move to another location if they find that your building has nothing to eat. Some of the ways to ensure mice won’t find anything to eat is by storing all foodstuff in containers made from glass or metal. Keep or containers with foodstuff in cabinets that have been properly sealed. In addition, ensure that even the smallest crumbs are cleaned up.