Some people keep mice as pets but not all mice live in cages. Mice enter your home uninvited and cause many problems. They’ll seek out and eat your food, cause damage to your floors and walls, and leave droppings everywhere. If you’re experiencing a rodent home invasion, here are 10 ways to get rid of mice now.
1. Keep food in sealed containers
As mice are attracted by food, keeping food in sealed containers will help to prevent mice finding it. While it won’t stop them coming in your home, it will keep your food safe and will ultimately leave mice looking elsewhere for food.
2. Keep firewood away from your home or garage
Food isn’t the only attraction – warmth and shelter are high on the priority list for mice. A pile of wood looks like an ideal shelter for a mouse to move in to, and the closer it is to your buildings, the more likely the mouse (or mice) is to enter your garage or home. Do yourself a favor and keep firewood at least 25 feet from any structure.
Here’s a quick rule of thumb when it comes to mice – if you see one mouse in your house, you probably have an infestation. Why? Because at the rate mice reproduce – a typical female can give birth to a dozen babies every three weeks – that “mouse” doesn’t figure to be singular for very long. An easy way to spot early signs of a mouse infestation is to be on the lookout for mouse droppings.
So infestations can happen quickly, which is why it pays to be vigilant about any possible sign of a problem – because it doesn’t take an actual mouse sighting to know if you’re headed for trouble. To nip a possible infestation in the bud, it helps to know how to identify mouse droppings – and what to do if you find them.
What do mouse droppings look like?
Mouse droppings are generally black and granular in shape, measuring roughly 3 to 6 mm in length. They are about the size of a grain of rice, just black in color.