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Keep That Mouse Out Of Your House!
By: Jaci Buscher | Date November 2, 2014
A common problem this time of year is having Mickey and Minnie's friends seeking shelter in your home. In order to avoid the high costs associated with bringing in a fumigator to your home, there are a few easy fixes you can do to avoid the problem all together. First and foremost, you want to focus on making the two things they are looking for, food and shelter, difficult to find.

Here are some things to think about for hiding food from pesky animals:
• Cover you trash, especially trash in your garage or sitting on the sides of your house. All of your trash bins should have lids and be checked for holes.

• Protect your pet food. We often times don't take a ton of care with our pet's food because, let's face it, Fido doesn't care if his meal is a little stale. However, neither do the mice. Make sure you have airtight bins for your pet food so the scent doesn't attract mice.

• Pick up fallen fruit from the ground. If you are lucky to have a fruit tree in your backyard, make sure you are picking up rotten fruit so it doesn't attract mice, as well as many other pests.

• Clean up your garage. Many people don't think about the fact that lawn seed, tulip bulbs, and bone meal are in fact food sources for mice. Store them in airtight containers and also remove firewood from your garage because it is a common nesting place for mice.
And what about sealing off your home from mice? Here are a few tips for that:
• Inspect your house, inside and out. This should be done every year prior to winter whether you are worried about a mouse problem or not. Check your windows, window sills, foundation, and door frames for any cracks or other damage.

• Keep pests from climbing up your siding by installing a strip of flashing all around your roof to prevent mice and rats from entering your attic or upper floors.

• Check around your pipes and vents for gaps. If there are gaps you can use a sheet-metal collar or galvanized woven hardware cloth to cover them.

• Pick up the outside of your home. Trim your shrubs and bushes away from your home and store your firewood at least one foot off the ground to avoid rodents nesting in them.
With a little bit of preparation for the winter, you can protect yourself from some potentially very costly damages. If you have any concerns of a serious problem, hire a professional to inspect your home as soon as possible to assess the situation.