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
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
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
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.