Block Off Holes Inside Your House To Fight Mice This Spring
If you seem to have a mice problem every spring, be proactive about it this year. Do not just spring-cleaning, do some spring repair as well. Mice do not just walk in through your front door. They sneak in through any little open crack they can find. In order to keep the mice out this spring, you need to seal up your house.
Inspect The Inside Of Your House
The first thing you need to do is inspect the inside of your house for little holes. Mice are most likely to come in through holes near flooring and baseboards. They are not going to drop in through holes in your ceiling.
Take a flashlight and go around the edge of each room, looking for holes. Whenever you find a hole, mark its presence with a sticky note, so you will know where the hole is at.
In your bathroom and kitchen, get down on the ground and see if there are any gaps between your cupboards and your floors. Open up your cabinets and pull out the contents inside if necessary. Look for holes between your cabinets and walls.
Block Up The Holes
After you have identified all the holes and marked them with sticky notes, you need to go back and close up all of those holes.
The first thing you need to do is fill in the holes with material that will keep the mice away. This step is especially important if the holes you identified seemed deep. You can fill the holes up with steel scouring pads, copper-scouring pads or with green kitchen cleaning pads. This will prevent the mice from creating a nest. Secure the pads by completely filling the hole with the material. You can also glue the pads in place.
After you have filled the holes up, you need to cover them up as well. If the holes are relatively small, you can pick up some caulking from your local home improvement store to fill up the holes. You can squeeze it out on your own or use a caulking gun to fill in the holes. It can take up to a day for the caulking to dry. It should dry clear or white. You may need to reapply some more caulking after it dries. Sometimes it shrinks as it dries.
If you have a larger hole in your wall, you need to purchase a patch for your wall. Most of these patches include adhesive-mesh that you put over the hole to start with. Then, you spread a hardening compound on top of it , similar to the caulking that you used. This will seal up the hole and blend in with your wall.
If you really want to keep the mice out of your house this spring, the first step is to seal up any points where they can access. On your next free afternoon, go around and identify all the ways mice can get into your home. Then purchase the supplies you need to fill in the holes and get to work! This should help curb your mouse problem.
For more advice, speak with experts like Cavanaugh's Professional Termite & Pest Services.