Some people are mortified by mice, regardless of whether they are in a cage or crawling across their floor. Others do not have a direct fear of mice but will experience concern if a mouse is found in their living areas late at night (or any other time). Regardless of your feelings towards these furry pests, it’s safe to assume that you know they shouldn’t be loose inside your Austin home. To help you keep out invasive mice, here are a few prevention tips that every resident in our area should know.
Address Entry Points Mice Use To Get Inside
Mice get into homes through cracks, gaps, and other forms of damage. They find these entry points through screens, through ventilation, around windows/doors, near utility piping, and in foundations. To make sure these areas are properly sealed, here are a few exclusion tips to try today.
- Fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation and in spaces around window/door frames, using a caulking gun.
- Make sure all of your exterior doors have door sweeps and that they are in good condition.
- Install wire screens over ventilation and out spouts for gutters.
- Address damage to window/door screens.
- Keep unscreened windows and doors closed when they are not in use.
Make Sure Your Living Areas Are Clean
There is nothing mice love more than a dirty home. This is why we recommend doing your best to keep things as clean and tidy as possible. Even if your home is currently in good shape, consider doing a deep clean. This includes washing beneath large appliances, behind and under furniture, and in other hard-to-reach areas. It also helps to keep your living and storage areas organized to minimize hiding places for adult and baby mice.
Eliminate Sources Of Moisture Build Up
One thing that mice need to survive is something to drink. Mice find moisture sources outside homes in the form of rainwater build-up and ornate pools. Mice find water to drink inside from leaky faucets, pipes, and fixtures and from moisture build-up inside sinks and bathtubs. To make sure mice do not have access to moisture in or around your home, fix leaky piping and fixtures, make sure your gutters are in good working order, eliminate sources of rainwater build up around your property, and wipe up excess moisture after using sinks or bathtubs.
Keep Up With Your Lawn And Landscaping
Most mouse infestations start with mice finding a yard alluring. If your grass is tall and your greenery is unkempt, these furry pests might establish a home around your property. Aside from this, mice also love woodpiles, leaves, and other things that give them places to hide. Address these attractants by keeping up with your lawn and landscaping and removing hiding spots where you can. This might involve raking leaves, clearing out sticks, storing woodpiles a good distance away from your home, removing trash, and filling in ground burrows.
Invest In Profesional Rodent Control Services
If you need a quick answer to a mouse infestation that is plaguing your Austin home, look no further than Accurate Termite & Pest Control. We have advanced treatments to handle mice in attics, mice in basements, and mice in any other area they decide to hide inside your home. All you have to do is get one of our friendly service representatives on the phone. They will walk you through all of our comprehensive rodent control options, help you find one that best fits your individual needs, and then schedule an appointment for your Austin home and property.