Keeping The Mouse Out of the House!

Posted: 5/3/2012

There are several famous mice in the world - Mickey, Minnie, Jerry, Speedy Gonzalez, Pinky and the Brain and Pixie & Dixie and while we all find these mice to be cute in cartoons we don't want real mice in our homes. We are all aware that in Cinderella, the mice are her friends and help her sew her clothes but in reality, no one finds mice in their house that helpful.

Here are a few tips to prevent mice from entering your home:

  • If you can, install a door sweep to all doors. You can find these at most hardware stores and they are reasonably priced and easy to install. 
  • Take a walk around the outside of the property and look for any openings from outside (no matter how small). Check electrical or gas pipe entrances, outdoor water taps and air conditioner connections. If you see any of these types of openings on your home you should seal them up. There are many products to use to seal the areas, from expanding foam to steel wool. If you are in a condominium building please notify your property management team if you see an area that needs attention.
  • Inside your unit, look for any openings around the base of each room, especially around the pipes in the kitchen and bathroom, and seal appropriately.
  • Don't leave food open on counters or underneath cabinets. Food stored in cabinets should be placed in plastic or glass storage containers.
  • Compost or woodpiles should be kept away from your house and off the ground. Mice use them as a hiding place and may move right on inside when the weather gets cold.
  • Keep bird feeders away from your house and clean up loose seeds lying on the ground frequently.
  • Clean up any spilled grass or plant seeds on porches or decks.
  • Store your trash in a metal container and never leave trash bags on porches or outside.
  • Do not leave pet food bowls outside overnight - so the mice won't be attracted to a midnight buffet.

If mice do become an issue contact your management team about increasing extermination use, so that the problem may be caught and handled early on.