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9 Reasons You Have Mice in Your House

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Do you have furry, unwanted visitors coming into your home? It is not unusual to find a mouse in the house now and then, especially if you live in a rural area or near woods or an open field. While you might expect the occasional mouse, there are plenty of steps you can take to discourage those twitchy critters from coming inside. If you've found evidence of mice in your home, here are 9 reasons why they are coming over and making themselves comfortable. 

It's warm inside. 

You are likely to see an increase in the number of rodents visiting your home when the temperature drops. That's because mice, like many other animals, would rather be warm than cold. 

They can smell your trash. 

The first step to keeping mice out of your house is keeping them away from your property. Once mice start hanging around outside, it's only a matter of time until they want to move in. 

Keep your trash in containers that are free from cracks and holes. Make sure that your trash cans have lids and that they close tightly. It's best to keep trash as far away from your house as possible. 

You've got fruit from trees in your yard. 

If you have trees or shrubs in your yard that produce fruit, berries or nuts, you are inviting mice. They consider whatever falls from your trees to be a perfect snack. Discourage them by picking up anything edible that comes from your trees. 

You keep grass seed near the house. 

If you are storing grass seed, birdseed or any other kind of seed near your house, keep it in a sealed container. Mice are attracted to seeds and will come to sample yours. 

Your pipes are not capped.

Once mice are on your property, they will start looking for ways to get into your toasty warm home. If you have pipes or vents that lead outside, make sure that they are covered by a cap or a screen. 

You've got cracks in your foundation. 

Mice can fit into very small spaces. You'll want to seal any hole that is bigger than the tip of your smallest finger. Mice often enter homes through the basement or crawl space when they find a crack to slip through. 

You store food in unsealed containers. 

Do you have rows of boxed cereal sitting on your counter, or do you keep products like oatmeal, sugar and flour in your pantry in bags? Mice can smell these foods, and they will follow the scent right to your kitchen. 

Stop the scent of your food from becoming an attraction for mice by keeping everything in sealed containers. You can buy plastic containers in sizes to fit any product or ingredient you have. The containers have the added benefit of keeping your dry foods and baking ingredients fresher for a longer period of time and easier to pour. 

You leave pet food out. 

If you are concerned about mice, it is a bad idea to leave food for your pets out in the open. Store your dog and cat food in a sealed, plastic container rather than leaving it in the bag. When your pets have finished with their meals, pick up the unused food and pour it back in the container where mice won't pick up the scent.

You don't take immediate action. 

Where there's one mouse, there are typically others. When you see evidence of a mouse in your home, don't just let it go thinking it's only one mouse and not a big deal. Mice will find a place to breed in your home, and you will soon have a whole army of them patrolling your home and looking for food. This Old House reports that 6 mice can become 60 mice in fewer than 90 days. 

If you know you have a mouse, get rid of it as soon as possible. You can discover more about getting rid of mice by contacting local pest control companies. 

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13 February 2017