4 Ways To Avoid Mice This Christmas
December 1, 2014
"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…" and that's how it should be. The last thing you need in your house for Christmas is a mouse. The little presents they leave in the back of your silverware drawer, or on your plates, can make illness a part of your holiday plans. Fortunately, there are ways to keep those mice out. Here are four of them.
Look for signs of mouse activity before opening boxed decorations and bringing them into the house. Mice love boxes, especially if there is something tasty inside--like edible decorations. But even if it's just a box of lights, look around for signs of mouse activity, like droppings on the floor, foot prints in the dust, or chew marks on the box. This will save you from having a "mouse surprise" with your festivities.
Mice are looking for food. In winter, it is hard to find food outside. If you make it hard for them to find it in your home, they will have to go find another place to live. Keep any items you would normally store in a cardboard box or paper bag in hard, plastic containers. This is a little bit of an investment, but your food will be fresher, and you'll keep roaches and rodents away.
Inspect the basement. It is too cold to go patching up holes on the outside, but winter is a good time to do some investigating in your basement. Feel around for cold drafts, then patch those gaps and holes. This won't just keep mice from getting in, this will keep warm air from getting out. Use a caulking gun to fill trouble spots until you're able to get those spots properly repaired.
Get an attic inspection. In the winter, it is a good idea to have a pest control company come look into your attic and cellar areas. This is a great time to seal up holes and safely remove any mice currently living in your house. Mice and other pests can be a nuisance all winter long, but you'll really feel the pain when spring comes. Get your attic and basement cleaned and sealed. And consider getting a treatment so spring pests stay away too.