Maybe mice have moved in, but it's still your house! Here's how you can back up your pest professional's efforts to eliminate a mouse problem.
We all know mice can be a tough pest to get rid of. Once they’re inside, they can reproduce like crazy and wreak havoc on your home. The best way to get rid of mice is to call in the experts, but we can’t be there 24/7 (it’s nothing personal, we just have a lot going on!). If you’re already working with a pest professional to control mice in your Massachusetts home, there are things you can do on your own to support their efforts.
Incorporating some simple steps into your routine both inside and outside your home can help prevent mouse activity.
- Keep pet food and water off the floor as often as possible, especially at night. All dry pet food should be stored in an airtight container, not left in the packaging.
- Regularly clean counters, stovetops, ovens (don’t forget the drawer!), and cabinets.
- Sweep or vacuum kitchen and dining area floors often.
- Clean under stoves and refrigerators.
- Don’t leave food or used dishes out overnight.
- Store pantry items like cereal, grain, nuts, and seeds in sealed containers.
- Consider a trash bin that closes completely (think button- or pedal-operated, not swing top). Empty trash regularly.
- If a mouse could chew through it, try to keep it off the floor. Cardboard boxes, linens, and paper items are all attractive nesting materials.
- Make sure trash cans close securely.
- If you must have bird feeders, keep them far from the house and consider a catch tray. Clean up fallen seed regularly and store bird feed in a sealed container.
- Don’t leave pet food or water outside.
- Pick up fallen fruits or vegetables from trees or garden plants.
- Store firewood or lumber off the ground and not against the house.
- Keep plants near your foundation neatly trimmed and mulch beds clear of debris. Make sure to trim any branches that come in contact with your house.
Of course, both inside and out, the simplest weapon is a watchful eye. If you notice anything, let your pest professional know so they can address it right away. And if you’re not working with an expert already, call Burgess Pest for a free inspection and estimate. We can't be there 24/7, but we've got your back.