Mice may be cute, but they can cause big problems for homeowners. They need to chew constantly to wear down their teeth, and any surface in your home is fair game. Even worse, they drop feces and urine indiscriminately, turning your house into a smelly, unhygienic toilet. To avoid these problems, you need to make sure mice stay outside where they belong. Here are three bad habits that invite mice in your home.
Not keeping your food out of reach
It's convenient to leave your food in its original packaging, but it's also convenient for the mice that you're trying to keep away. It's easy for a mouse to chew through a cereal box or a bag of sugar to get the goodies that are stored inside. Once the mouse has found that your cupboards are an easy source of food, they'll invite their friends and you will have the problem on your hands.
As soon as you get home from the grocery store, transfer any boxed or bagged items into containers with secure lids. Stay away from plastic containers because an ambitious mouse could chew right through the plastic; instead, choose glass or metal containers.
Forgetting to do the dishes
If you're feeling really tired after dinner, it's tempting to leave your dirty dishes in the sink and soiled pot sitting on the stove until the morning. While doing this will let you go to bed a bit earlier, it will attract mice to your home. The mice come into your house to get food and water, and leaving dishes and dirty pots out all night is basically a free buffet for these pests.
Before you go to bed, make sure that your dishes have been washed and your counters have been wiped. If you absolutely can't do this, the next best thing is to submerge the dirty dishes in soapy water in your sink. This keeps them out of reach from the mice until you can get them in the morning.
Putting off home repairs
If you have a torn window screen, a crack in your foundation, a gap in your siding or some other issue that needs to be repaired around your home, try to get it done right away. After a long day at work, the last thing anyone wants to do is handle home repairs, but the longer you put off these essential repairs, the more time mice have to sneak inside your home.
Mice are small creatures, and they're able to compress their bodies and fit through very small holes. A mouse can easily get through an opening the size of a dime! To keep them from moving in, get your repairs done right away.
To keep mice out of your home, stay away from these three bad habits. If you still have a mouse problem, contact a pest control company in your area.