It’s what any homeowner or business owner wants to know if they suspect an outbreak of mice or are concerned that a previous outbreak may not have been successfully dealt with. What can be done?
Below are some mice deterrent and prevention tips to reduce the chance of infestation. We hope these tips help you as they have done others.
What stops mice from entering your property?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not very much. Mice are attracted to environments that can shelter them for breeding and food for surviving. Our homes and businesses offer both in plentiful supply.
Mice may be tiny, but they are hardy and will gnaw pipes and around holes to ‘break’ into a building. They can also enter via a neighbour’s floorboards and even shared walls. They can come into your kitchen area via deliveries, and they can enter your space through the gaps you can’t see – for example, areas covered by wallpaper, shelves, and paintings.
That said, there are some things you can do to stop mice from entering but please be aware that the results will be limited because you simply can’t stop all the other ways in which they can enter your building.
Spend a fair amount of time searching in hard-to-access, out of sight, and challenging areas to find signs of mice entry. If you do come across a potential area you believe mice may be entering your property here’s what you can do:
- Talk to your neighbours. The chances are if you are worried about mice, they are too. Any steps you take to stop mice from entering your home or office should be taken at the same time by your neighbours; especially given the source of your mouse problem may be a neighbours building or home.
- Ensure the surrounding areas are not providing a haven for mice. Keeping shrubs and borders neat and free of litter/food waste can stop mice from coming too close. And if you feed the birds, the leftovers on the ground will attract mice. This area should be kept under watch and any bird food stored in a tamper-free container.
- Ensure doors remain closed as much as possible.
- Reduce the food waste sources for mice. Typically these are the areas where refuse is stored around your home or business before it being collected. Easy to access food waste will attract mice so it should be kept in gnaw-proof bags. Check the bin lids for signs of gnawing and don’t overfill so the lid can’t fasten securely.
Although these tips will help, they are not going to stop mice from entering your home or business if the area you live in or are based in, has an ongoing problem with mice.
What are the best mice deterrent methods?
If you want to repel mice, the best thing you can do is to remove sources that encourage them to breed once they have made their way into your home or business. And this takes time plus a methodical approach.
Mice will feed on the smallest of scraps and crumbs. They even eat soap because of its fat content. They love pet food, tiny bits of food in your carpet, on your soft furnishings, and in the children’s play areas/restrooms. If you are to repel them by removing their food sources a forensic approach to storage and cleaning is needed.
- Food storage – tamper-proof containers, glass, and metal with lids that won’t budge is the order of the day for fresh and dried food, including the food stored in the refrigerator. A mouse will gnaw through plastic lids, fabric food bags/wax covers /foil, and paper – and you won’t immediately spot the damage.
- Don’t leave food in bowls after pets have eaten. The smallest scrap and scent will attract a mouse.
- Become a clean freak! Thoroughly vacuuming all floors every day and in between food servings should become a habit as should cleaning up any food leftovers from surfaces and on crockery.
- Inspect and clean behind/underneath all kitchen/utility area appliances.
- Surfaces should be misted/cleaned with an antibacterial cleaner, so they are neither contaminated nor harbouring leftovers for mice. Don’t just think of kitchen surfaces but all surfaces– office desks, cabinets, and tables, etc.
- All waste bins including those at the side of desks should be emptied every day.
- Desks and keyboards should be cleaned throughout the day. Eating snacks over a keyboard should be avoided for obvious reasons.
- All glassware, crockery, and cutlery should be cleaned on the same day. The dregs of a sweet drink and a few crumbs are a feast for a mouse.
- Inspect the loft areas that are easy to access and safe to inspect, removing materials used for nesting (if you can) and placing the items you want to keep in tamper-proof storage. Nesting materials include paper, loft insulation, plastic bags, and fabrics – manmade and natural. It may be time to undertake a thorough inspection and clean out of the loft (and the basement).
- We do not advise that you block air vents for safety reasons without consulting the relevant professional first.
- When looking at the exterior of your home or business to identify the points where mice could enter, ensure that you have the right skills and equipment to tackle subsequent proofing. Personal safety must always come first.
- Within the immediate vicinity of your property, the best repellent method for mice often lies in cleaning and in restricting access to foodstuffs, water, and nesting materials.
So, can you repel mice?
The answer is yes but to a limited degree, by adopting good habits and routines. Some professional proofing will have to be undertaken by a qualified pest control company like Dyno-Pest and you may need to seek advice before taking some actions.
Can you prevent mice naturally?
The answer to this question is the same as the answer to the previous question. You can’t prevent mice naturally and the likelihood of an infestation occurring in your home or business is to a large extent dependant on the surrounding environment as much as it is on you cultivating good habits. For example, in London (where Dyno-Pest is based) a business or homeowner can do everything in their power to repel mice but still have an infestation. The cause of the infestation can be a neighbouring property, because of nearby construction work, even delays in refuse collection. So, if you want to prevent mice naturally do everything possible to make the area as unappealing to mice as possible but accept that you may still have to call in the professionals.
What to do if you believe you have an infestation
If you have an infestation of mice, the best course of action is to contact a pest control company.
At Dyno-Pest it is our job to effectively eradicate any infestation of mice in your home or business. We have over 25 years of experience doing just this for thousands of homes and businesses in the Greater London area. We treat your infestation discreetly and efficiently. This usually takes three treatments because it takes time for a breeding cycle to be fully eradicated and for any bait to be taken by the mice. Your Dyno-Pest technician will explain how the treatment works; when you should expect to have seen the last of the pests and, what you can do to help prevent a recurrence.