Rodent Proofing professionals throughout the nation will be recognizing Rodent Awareness Week. In light of this, the Selectedly top-10 would love to discuss some important information about how to rodent proof your house in the largest rodent offender we know of in houses -- the house mouse.
The house mouse is an inquisitive, sneaky, and very undesirable presence in almost any home.
The Selectedly top-10 has battled this cagey foe in houses across California, and we've heard a lot about them and how to keep them from becoming a problem.
Homeowners are often the first line of defense when it comes to ensuring mice and other rodents can't get access to living spaces.
Despite their bodies (and even tinier stomachs), mice consume between 15 and 20 times per day. Because of their regular eating habits, they prefer to construct their nests near food sources.
Mice are great jumpers, climbers, and swimmers. Mice can jump a foot into the air, letting them easily climb onto kitchen counters or to pantries to get food.
They're a germy bunch
You understand that mice can spread diseases like hantavirus and Salmonella, but that is only the start.
1 mouse can become many quickly
A female house mouse can create as many as 150 offspring in one year. If you spot a mouse in your house, it's safe to assume there are more -- or there'll be soon.
How can you prevent your house from falling victim to an unwanted rodent infestation? The two main steps are sanitation and exclusion.
If good sanitation practices are not followed, the advantages of any rodent-control measures will be lost, and the rodents will immediately return.
Keep firewood, boxes, and other household products off the floor to reduce the suitability of this area for mice to conceal.
Collect garbage, trash, and garden debris often, and make sure that all garbage receptacles have tight-fitting covers.
The very best type of rodent control in a residence is exclusion. Physically sealing off your house to deny rodents accessibility is the best way to go.
Because rodents are excellent climbers, openings above ground level (e.g., along the roof and gutters) should also be plugged