If you have a mice problem in your home, you will want to address is as soon as possible to prevent the issue from becoming more serious. Here are a few simple and natural ways you can get rid of mice and make your home an unfriendly place for them to hang out and live in.
Seal Up Any Holes In Your Walls
Walk around both the inside and outside of your home and look for any holes or spaces where a mouse could squeeze through. Remember, they can squeeze their bodies through some pretty tiny holes, so really you need to watch out for any openings.
Put a marker, such as a stone, by all the holes that you find. Then, gather the supplies you'll need to seal up those holes. You'll want to fill holes with something that the mice will have a difficult time eating through, such as a steel wool pad or copper scouring pad. You'll want to stuff and secure these materials into the hole so that the mice can't eat through your wall and create a new nest.
Then, you'll want to put chalk over the entrances to effectively seal them off. Finally, you'll want to remember where you sealed up the holes and go and check on them in a week or so to make sure you really deterred the mice from getting into your home. If any of the holes have been reopened, you'll need to seal them up again.
Clean Up & Organize Your Kitchen
If you commonly leave feed in the plastic bags and boxes that they came in, even though your kitchen looks clean to you, it can be a gold mine for a mouse. Don't just clean up your kitchen, reorganize it as well.
Place all your baking supplies in to airtight glass containers. Purchase glass containers for all of your snacks as well, and transfer them from the bags they came in to the sealed glass containers that you purchased.
Make sure that as soon as something is open, you have an airtight glass container to transfer the food to. Keep your food inside of airtight glass containers will make it more difficult for mice to find the food they need to call your house their home.
Incorporate Peppermint Oil Into Your Cleaning Routine
Finally, mice do not enjoy the smell of peppermint oil. The smell is just too strong for their sensitive noises and they will do what they can to avoid being around the smell. You can make your house smell bad to the local mice population and good to you by incorporating peppermint oil throughout your house.
When you clean, add a few drops of peppermint oil to your cleaning solutions. Wipe down your kitchen counters with a natural cleaner made out of borax powder, water and drops of peppermint oil. In addition to cleaning your kitchen, this will make your kitchen a completely unappetizing place to go for food.
If you have hardwood floors, incorporate a few drops of peppermint oil into your floor cleaning solution. If you have carpet in your home, lightly mist your carpet with water and peppermint oil before you vacuum to give it a sweet smell that will keep the neighborhood mice at bay.
If there are mice in your neighborhood, keep them out of your home by sealing up any exterior or interior holes this week. Take an evening to organize your kitchen and place any open food inside air proof glass containers. Finally, incorporate peppermint oil into your everyday cleaning routine to provide a long lasting way of repelling the mice and keeping them away from your home.
For more information, contact a company like Hadley Termite & Pest Control Inc.