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To keep mice out and keep your family safe and your goods protected, use these simple steps.

Remove Sources of Food. Bird food, pet food and other edibles, including cardboards that tend to pile up in garages and cupboards, are a huge invitation to mice. Crumbs under the couch, oven and fridge are a real treat along with a cookie lost by your toddler is a mouse's family meal.

Seal all food, weather its pet or human foods, in solid containers and not just in bags. Plastic garbage cans or Rubbermaid tubs will normally keep mice out. Gaps between appliances such as stoves, refrigerators and cabinets can collect crumbs where it is difficult to clean, but a very handy place for mice to eat. A mouse can fit anywhere it can fit its head.
Seal Openings
This can be the toughest but most effective way to keep mice out. If a mouse can fit its head through a gap, the body can follow. A mouse only needs about a ¼ inch (0.6 cm) wide opening. They can jump strait up to 18 inches, travel upside down, and crawl along an electrical wire.
When you find holes, you want to try and seal them as strongly as possible.
Steel wool, copper gauze or screen wire packed tightly into openings is a good temporary plug as a mouse finds these materials very difficult to chew through. For a long term or permanent repair, filling holes with cement or plaster will be the most effective way to do this. Holes 3 inches (8 cm) or more in diameter should be covered or backed with 1/4-inch (0.6-cm) woven/welded hardwire cloth prior to filling with a good patching material.

Reduce Outside Habitat
If possible, reduce the amount of mouse habitat outside your home by trimming trees and shrubs close to your home. By reducing the amount of mice living outside but close to your home will help reduce the number of mice inside your home. Keep a clean debris free garden, brush piles, and other hiding spots where mice may take cover. Keep compost bins as tidy as possible. Move wood piles away from your home and raise them one foot off the ground.

A mouse can be annoying where mice can be a bigger problem! Getting rid of mice can be done in many ways such as the use of traps that kill or catch and poisons. Controlling mice in and around your home must be taken seriously as they can introduce illnesses to your family as well as transfer fleas to pets.

  • Mice will normally sleep for over 12 hours a day.
  • Mice eat, or at least chew anything that is softer than their teeth.
  • Mice are very neat as they will sleep, eat and excrete in different places.
  • Mice do not like rats as rats are known to prey on mice however in the wild they do live together.
  • Mice can jump straight up to about 18 inches and are also very good climbers and swimmers.
  • A male mouse is called a buck.
  • A female mouse is called a doe.
  • The offspring of mice are called pups or kitten.
  • A group of mice are called a family, horde or a nest.
  • A wild mouse will live no longer than 1 year.
  • A pet mouse may live for between 2 and 3 years.
  • A mouse’s tail is almost as long as its body.
  • Mice do not see in colour.
  • Mice are nocturnal creatures.
  • Mice can and will chew through anything softer than their teeth.
  • Mice cause more than 1 billion dollars’ worth of damage in the US alone each year.

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