What do you know about mouse control? There is a lot of advice on the internet. Unfortunately, much of it falls short of being helpful. If you've been told that putting mothballs in key areas will drive mice out of your home, you're probably not aware that mice have been observed crawling right over mothballs in lab studies. If you've read that installing a sonic device will drive mice out of your home, you may not know that the amount of sonic waves needed to drive mice out of your home would drive you out as well. If you've heard that traps are the best way to get rid of mice, you've heard right. But you may not know how to do this in a way that will achieve success. Mice aren't easy to trap. Today, we're going to talk about how you can naturally get rid of mice in your Tampa home without having to resort to direct control methods. In some cases, these tips are all that are required to arrest a mouse infestation. Here's how it works.
Step 1: Deprive Mice Of Food
Mice have an unhealthy relationship with food. They have to eat constantly. It is estimated that mice eat between 15 and 20 times a day. If they can't find easy access to food, it can cause them to go into torpor. This is a low-energy state in which a mouse will drop its body temperature, decrease its movement, and reduce its breathing and heart rate. Pet mice have been observed going into torpor as quickly as six hours without food. Do you see where we're going with this? A mouse that can't find food in your home is not going to be a happy mouse. And it is possible that an unhappy mouse may choose another home to live in. How do you deprive mice of food? Here are a few suggestions:
Store packaged foods in sealed containers. This keeps the smell of food inside and makes it difficult for mice to chew a hole and access your food.
Put pet food down only during meal times. Mice eat protein.
Deep clean around appliances, like your oven. Mice aren't picky. They'll eat grime and juices off the sides of your oven.
Put dirty dishes in a sink filled with soapy water. Mice can find a bite to eat on a dirty dish.
Refrain from eating in areas besides your kitchen and dining room. This will make it easier to stay on top of cleaning up food particles.
Step 2: Seal Entry Points
When mice leave your home, whether it is to find another hunting ground, or simply to find food resources in your yard, your goal should be to keep them from coming back inside. This is a little tricky because mice are nocturnal animals. If you seal entry points, you can potentially seal them inside your home. When this happens, they may chew new holes to get outside, or they may work harder to find food sources inside. If you seal entry points during the day, be sure to do routine inspections of your exterior over the next few weeks. You may find new holes that need to be sealed.
- Fill in foundation cracks. An adult mouse only needs a hole the size of a dime in order to get inside, so be sure to seal even small cracks.
- Repair or fill in wood holes, no matter how small. If a mouse finds a wood hole that is too small, it can chew on the hole and make it large enough.
- Fill in gaps around pipes and wire conduits. These are notorious entry points for mice.
Step 3: Put Out The Unwelcome Mat
Once you've gotten mice out and sealed your exterior, it is a good idea to put out the unwelcome mat. What is this? When mice come near to your home, don't make your exterior welcoming. There are a few ways you can alter conditions around your home to repel mice.
Mice like to hide. If you offer hiding places near your home, particularly organic hiding places like wood, brush, leaves, fronds, and other organic debris, they'll love exploring your property. They'll also hide under lawn clutter, so remove anything that doesn't need to be in your yard.
Mice eat seeds. If you have bird feeders that drop seeds on the ground, this can be a strong attractant for mice. We recommend moving feeders to at least 20 feet from your exterior walls.
Mice get into garbage. Proper trash maintenance will help you resist mouse activity. Keep your trash covered, remove it weekly, and clean your receptacles if they start to have an odor.
You Need Mouse Control
When mouse control is required, it is best to have a licensed pest professional handle this task. This will ensure that you get the results you want. For assistance with rodent control in Tampa, contact Eco Tech Pest Control Services. We can help.