Recently a customer asked us if we had any information on “steps to mouse proof your house” (response below also includes steps to rat or rodent proof a home as well). This is what we sent them. Last week another customer called us so we thought we would put the response in our blog.
Rodents, like mice and rats, are a problem year around, but this year, in particular, most of the country experienced one of the worse winters in decades. Unfortunately, with that you get mice and rats looking for a place to nest and searching for food and water. Your beautiful home looks like the best choice…..warm, food on the counters (or crumbs on the floor), plenty of water in and around the sink area or from leaky pipes, and the walls, attic, garage, basement, and kitchen offer great places for them to hide and nest.
Steps To Mouse Proof Your House
First a little bad news.
It is nearly impossible to TOTALLY rat or mouse proof your house even if it’s new construction. There will always be ways for the rodents to find their way in. Here are some of the most obvious ways for rodents to get into your home or business.
- We all leave the garage door up from time to time
- Windows left open with broken screens
- Entry door or backyard door left open
- Broken vents in the eves or foundation
- Cracks around pipes or stacks that either enter the house or exit the home like water pipes, sewer lines, kitchen stove or microwave vents, laundry room exhaust vents, electrical cable, roof exhaust vent pipes, etc.
- Cracks or gaps in the flashing around your chimney
Now the GOOD news.
You can drastically improve your odds of staying mouse or rat free. Here are some basic steps that you can try. If you already have a mice, rat, or rodent problem, then using a product like our DX610 Pest-A-Repel electronic plugin is your fastest way to get rid of the infestation that you have now.
If the mice are in your RV, camper, or motor home, checkout our blog on “What is the best way to keep mice and rats out of an RV?“
Some steps to mouse proof your house below are more specific to getting rid of mice than rats, but overall, they apply to rodents in general.